SAMSS Journalism News and Events
ABC Local radio award for emerging journalists
A new award to recognise the top journalism students at Monash Gippsland will be launched in March 2012. The "ABC Local Radio Award for Emerging Journalists" offers $1500 to the most outstanding 2nd year Gippsland Journalism student to further their journalism studies/career progress. The award follows 18 months of negotiations between Dr Louise North and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and is the first time the ABC has linked with an Australian university to fund a journalism award. Pro-Vice Chancellor Helen Bartlett said the agreement was an exciting initiative for the School of Applied Media & Social Sciences and Monash Gippsland more broadly.
Research on women in the newsroom
The largest ever survey of women working in Australian newsrooms will underpin a major research project in 2012 by Journalism Senior Lecturer Dr Louise North. More than 500 women across print, broadcast and online platforms have completed the Women in the Australian News Media Survey, which aims to provide a broad insight into women’s experiences in the newsroom. The survey will build upon a 1996 survey by the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance and canvas what has changed for women working in the industry since that time. Read more about Dr North’s research in this article in The Australian.
Dissecting the hot topics
SAMSS Journalism Lecturer Susan Angel will be among the media experts dissecting the issues of the day as part of Radio Australia’s regular Tuesday media panel hosted by Phil Kafcaloudes. Susan is a former ABC journalist and continues to contribute to ABC Open and to produce radio documentaries, with a particular focus on Indigenous communities. Susan joined Monash University earlier this year from Wollongong University and will teach e-journalism and Radio News at both Berwick and Gippsland. You can hear and see images for Susan’s latest documentary for Radio National – Re-tracing the Tragedy Track - here.
Faculty citation for journalism
Journalism Senior Lecturer Dr Louise North was recently awarded a Faculty Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning which recognises staff who demonstrate superior performance. Dr North was among only four recipients of a citation across the Arts Faculty and was recognised for her work in developing and teaching the Gender, Race and Journalism unit. The unit, which is the only one of its kind in Australia, was taught for the first time at Monash Gippsland and Berwick in 2011. The citation – ‘For advancing diversity and equity education’ – recognised the development of curricula that responds to changing educational needs when teaching issues of race and gender, as called for by UNESCO and the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody.
New journalism honours unit for 2012
A new honours unit, Reporting Cops, Courts and Councils, will be offered in 2012 as part of the SAMSS Journalism focus on the study and application of journalism in the regions. The unit has been developed by Senior Lecturer Liz Hart, who has extensive experience in community newspapers, and will allow students to apply principles and methods of reporting in a regional and local context. Students will visit courtrooms, police and municipal councils as part of their studies.
Sociology Senior Lecturer, Dr Harry Ballis recently launched a non-fiction memoir by Journalism Lecturer Carol Altmann that captures a year on a hobby farm in Tasmania. Four Seasons with a Grumpy Goat is a humorous account of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of establishing a hobby farm on the south side of Mt Wellington, in Hobart, and is published by Allen & Unwin.