Grants & Awards

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As part of its overall charter to support journalism research and academics, the JERAA has initiated a number of research grants and awards.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Winners, 2018 JERAA Research Grants and the Anne Dunn Scholar Award

The Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2018 awards.
The judging panel was comprised of JERAA President Professor Matthew Ricketson; JERAA VP (Research) Professor Susan Forde; and external judge Associate Professor Jane Johnston (UQ).
The recipient of the $6000 2018 JERAA Research Grant is Dr Peter English, from the University of the Sunshine Coast for his project 'A typology of Australian sports journalism'. 
The panel has also granted a Highly Commended award in the JERAA Research Grant round this year, and that goes to Dr Alex Wake for her project 'Brave new worlds of international broadcasting'. Alex will receive $3000 to carry out fieldwork associated with her project.
We're also very pleased to announce the 2018 Anne Dunn Scholar Award, which this year has been won by Dr Caroline Fisher from the University of Canberra.
Caroline was commended by the panel for her body of work as an early career researcher, which features a range of high-quality national and international publications. Her research highlights the connections between journalism and other communication forms, and aims to increase understanding about the changing relationship between these different forms.
The Anne Dunn Scholar Award is jointly sponsored by Anne's family, JERAA, and the Australia New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA), and honours Anne's lifetime dedication to public service journalism.
Please join me in congratulating these scholars for their endeavours. We wish you well and look forward to seeing the bounty of your research in the years to come!
The panel also congratulates all scholars who applied for the grants and awards this year -- the field was competitive so we could not fund or award all, but please don't be deterred from applying next time.



2018 CALL for Applications, Anne Dunn Scholar Award and the JERAA Research Grants

We are pleased to call for applications for the 2018 Anne Dunn Scholar Award; and the 2018 JERAA Research Grant.

The Anne Dunn Scholar Award

This award was established in 2014 to commemorate the life and work of a much-valued colleague -- Professor Anne Dunn. The award of $3000 is jointly supported by JERAA and ANZCA, and Anne's family. It recognises excellence in research about the fields of communications or journalism, including but not limited to broadcast media for the public benefit.  We welcome applications from scholars who can demonstrate a body of work befitting this award. More information about past winners can be found below. Application form and guidelines can be accessed from this site, or by direct email to JERAA Vice President (Research) Professor Susan Forde, Applications close April 23, 2018.

Winner of the 2018 Anne Dunn Scholar Award will be announced at the 2018 ANZCA Conference, July 4-6 in Auckland NZ; and will also be celebrated at the 2018 JERAA Conference December 3-5 in Hobart, Tasmania.


Application guidelines

1. Please provide a 3-4 page application addressing the following criteria:

* Description of body of research about journalism, communication and/or broadcast    media for the public benefit (two pages maximum)

* Demonstration of the impact of the body of research (one page maximum)

* Statement about how the chosen body of research commemorates the aims and spirit of Anne Dunn’s scholarly work (half a page maximum)

2. Also attach your current CV which contains all relevant publications and research grants etc that will help the judging panel to evaluate your body of work.

The 2018 Anne Dunn Scholar award will be judged cooperatively by representatives of the executive groups of the JERAA and ANZCA; with final consultation to occur between the President of ANZCA; and the President of JERAA.

Submit your application to


JERAA Research Grant

JERAA also offers a $6000 grant annually to journalism academics at the early- or mid-career stage to support research on a journalism-related topic. We particularly welcome applications that demonstrate evidence of the potential for this grant to build into a larger project, or a competitive large grant application. The Association will award a minimum of 1 grant in 2018. Application form and guidelines can be accessed from this site, or by direct email to JERAA Vice President (Research) Professor Susan Forde, Applications close April 23, 2018.Applications close April 23, 2018.

We look forward to receiving your applications which you can email directly to

Who can apply?

You may apply for the JERAA Research Grant if you:

  • are a member of the JERAA (you may join JERAA in order to apply);
  • have commenced or completed studies at doctoral level, and
  • submit your application by April 23, 2018 addressing all questions in the application guidelines below

Email your application to JERAA’s Vice President Research, Professor Susan Forde, at

Applications for this grant will be assessed by a panel of three scholars, comprised of two members of the JERAA Executive, and one external assessor.

The Application

The application should be comprised of three parts:

  1. A three-page Project Outline of your proposed research project. This should include a brief overview of key literature; and outline your research method and proposed outputs of the project. Key sub-headings to be used are outlined in the Application Guidelines (below)
  2. A brief budget which outlines the planned expenditure for the project. Budget items might include, for example: research assistance, travel to complete fieldwork, costs associated with running a workshop or symposium if that is a proposed output, or travel to carry out collaborative meetings with research partners.
  3. A research CV which outlines your publications, previous or current grants, and research service positions. You may include publications that are forthcoming only if they have been ‘Accepted’ for publication

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • the benefits of your research to the practice, education, scholarship or theory relating to Australian journalism, or the practice of journalism globally;
  • the coherence and merit of your proposed topic of research;
  • the clarity, relevance and strength of your research methodology as a tool for reaching your specified goals;
  • the potential impact and significance of your intended outcomes;
  • your track record or relevant skills in the particular area of research;
  • indicators that the size and scale of the project is realistic for the budget that is allocated;
  • indicators that the timeline is realistic, and the project can be completed within the 24 month deadline;
  • indicators that you will be able to use the research to launch, develop, extend or otherwise benefit your journalism research activities;
  • plans to submit articles or other outcomes to peer-reviewed scholarly journals or venues of equivalent quality; and/or the potential of the project to develop in to an application for larger grant funding


Conditions of the Grant

Successful applicants will fulfil the following conditions:

  • Submission of a brief progress report to the JERAA Vice President (Research) by December 31, 2018 of no more than 500 words detailing your progress towards project goals.
  • Submission of a final report to the JERAA Vice President (Research) President by 30 April 2020. This will include a statement of up to 500 words about the project’s execution and what it has achieved. You will also add a budget statement that indicates how you have used the funds that have been allocated to you
  • Submission of peer-reviewed research articles and/or HERDC-eligible creative/professional practice work based on project findings prior to 30 April 2019. One article should be submitted to the Australian Journalism Review
  • Presentation of research findings at the following JERAA conference, or in cases where you and the JERAA President agree that this is not feasible, in an article submitted to Australian Journalism Review
  • When any research outcomes are published in any form, you will include an acknowledgement of JERAA’s funding and support.




Anne Dunn Scholar of the Year Award 2017: Geoff Craig

The 2017 Anne Dunn Scholar award for excellence in research about communication or journalism has been awarded to Professor Geoffrey Craig, head of research in the School of Communication Studies at Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand.

From the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA) and the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA), our warmest congratulations Geoff.

For the first time since the award’s inception, the judges opted to highly commend the work of an applicant – Dr Stephen Harrington, senior lecturer in the School of Communication at Queensland University of Technology.

The Anne Dunn Scholar Award was set up in 2014 to commemorate the life and work of a much valued and sorely missed colleague – Professor Anne Dunn. Members of Anne Dunn’s family and the two associations decided to offer an annual award worth $3,000. It recognises excellence in research about the fields of communications or journalism, including but not limited to broadcast media for the public benefit.

The award is in memory of a remarkable broadcaster, journalism educator and media scholar. Anne was known for her efforts to build bridges, whether between industry and the academy or across academic disciplines, for her mentoring of younger women making the adjustment from working in news media to academia and for her life-long commitment to public sector broadcasting.

ANZCA president Phillip McIntyre said Geoffrey Craig had produced an impressive body of research. “Geoff Craig’s research analyses major institutions of public communication and he uses theory well. He has helped shape his corner of the field in the region. His work is innovative and his care for his topic, not to mention his engagement with the ABC and other institutions, shines through his application. His work aligns well with the research interests of Anne Dunn”.

JERAA president Matthew Ricketson said: "The judges for the Anne Dunn scholar award this year were pleased by the continuing development of the breadth and depth of the entries. This is not only a fitting tribute to the lasting influence of Anne Dunn but demonstrates advances made in scholarly work in the field of communication and journalism”.

Both presidents, who headed their associations’ judging panels, commended the work of Dr Harrington which they said was well theorised and, for his career point, showed an impressive track record. His research into alternative expressions of journalism is thought-provoking and his advocacy for it in popular as well as academic journals is to be welcomed.

The judges continue to encourage entries from members of both ANZCA and JERAA who have developed a strong body of research about communication and journalism. Please enter so your work can be celebrated and we can showcase it to the wider academic community.

Previous Anne Dunn Scholars:

Dr Emma Jane, 2016

Associate Professor Mia Lindgren, 2015

Dr Siobhan McHugh, 2014


Journalism Research Grant 2017

Winner: Dr Deb Anderson, Monash Unviersity

Project title: Courting Disaster - Cyclone Reporting in a Climate Change World

Project summary

What are the ethical and professional challenges for journalists in reporting extreme weather events in an era of ‘post-truth’ discourse on anthropogenic climate change? Through a close study of an under-researched topic—cyclone reporting in Australia’s Wet Tropics—this project will develop a program of empirical research on disaster reporting, which seeks to generate reflexive thinking on, and recommendations for, journalism practice and ethics in the context of politicised debate over inter-related issues of weather, climate and change.


Conference Scholarship for Postgrad Students JERAA 2016

Winner: Nicole Gooch, Monash University


Paper title: Environmental risks and the media - a case study of two mining disasters: Brazil’s Samarco
and New Caledonia’s Goro.

Project summary:

This paper examines two examples of environmental disasters and the politics behind the
media’s coverage of the risks linked to those mining operations before and after the accidents.
It then asks how this coverage influenced public perception of environmental risks, and
proposes a new framework for environmental journalism, that, in combination with political
ecology, questions power relationships, development theories and the unpredictable nature of
so-called ‘accidents’.