On World Press Freedom Day, the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA) applauds those who champion freedom of expression and support media around the world.
2016 JERAA Conference: New educational resources for the new journalism ecology
New resources for journalism educators were released at the 2016 JERAA Conference at QUT on 2 December, which addressed themes related to the New Journalism Ecology. Delegates were introduced to new educational packages about visual literacy/photojournalism, reportage of violence against women, Press Council decision-making protocols, and international journalism student field trips. Updates and reviews were provided about existing resources for journalism educators, such as the Reporting Islam and Mindframe resources.
ABC Four Corners' reporter Marian Wilkinson and Australian Financial Review journalist Neil Chenoweth presented the keynote, sponsored by QUT and MEAA. They detailed the behind-the-scenes work and challenges involved in the Panama Papers investigations, which were led by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and involved more than 400 journalists from media organisations around the world.
The one-day December conference in Brisbane and the July Preconference/WJEC in Auckland replaced the usual three-day annual, end-of-year conference for 2016.
Global journalism ethics in spotlight at JERAA Preconference to WJEC
Prof Stephen Ward called on journalists and journalism educators to promote global journalism ethics, rather than parochial journalism ethics. Prof Ward, Distinguished Lecturer in Ethics at the University of British Columbia, was the keynote speeaker at the JERAA and Pacific Media Preconference in Auckland on 13 July.
The Preconference also featured panels on media coverage of mass shootings, reporting of corruption in the Pacifc (live streamed), and assessment of journalism research. There was also a workshop for early career journalism academics, and papers addressing a wide range of subjects affecting journalism, journalism education and journalism research.
The Preconference was convened by a partnership of JERAA, the Pacific Media Centre (Auckland University of Technology) and Media Educators Pacific. It preceded the World Journalism Education Congress of 14-16 July.
Journalism academics and social media
The issue of journalism academics' use of social media to discuss issues, institutions and individuals has attracted media attention recently.
The Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA) supports freedom of expression and opinion that complies with limitations concerning defamation, sub judice, discrimination, incitement to violence, and similar matters.
As the professional association for journalism academics, JERAA also supports adherence to the principles espoused in the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance Journalists' Code of Ethics.
In cases where universities and other academic institutions need to investigate complaints about comments made by academics, we urge management to follow proper processes and complete investigations in an impartial, transparent and timely manner.
The JERAA Executive (June 11, 2016)
Anne Dunn Scholar Award - Congratulations to Emma A. Jane
Emma A. Jane, from the University of New South Wales, has won the 2016 Anne Dunn Scholar Award.
The award, presented by the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia and the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association, was established in 2014 to commemorate the life and work of Professor Anne Dunn. More details on the Grants & Awards page.
JERAA research grant 2016
Congratulations also to Stephanie Brookes, from Monash University, who has been awarded the JERAA research grant for 2016. Her project is 'Checking the facts: The impact of new sources of political information on "legacy" election coverage in Australia and the United States'.
Following a presentation and discussions at the 2015 JERAA Conference, the JERAA Executive has unanimously agreed that the association should act as publisher of the UniPollWatch website for the 2016 federal election. JERAA President Matthew Ricketson has issued a statement explaining the association's involvement in and commitment to the project.