Volume 10, Number 1, 2010
The Future of Journalism Research in Australia
Australian journalism academics now have the right to have quality journalism recognised as university research.
But how such research might be recorded, packaged and rated, has been unclear to many researchers and university research departments.
On February 19, 2010, the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism organised a conference in Sydney to consider how the ERA project might impact on the journalism discipline. The conference was attended to by more than forty journalism academics and led to the establishment of a Council of Journalism Professors. A summary of discussions at the conference follows:
The journalism discipline in the academy.
Professor Alan Knight University of Technology Sydney
Professor Alan Knight reviewed how the study of journalism has matured in the last twenty years. He referred to the development of academic journals, the support for advanced journalism practice and the growth of the professoriate.
Presentation (Full Text)
What ERA means for journalism research; The ARC review .
Chair: Professor Lesley Farrell , Associate Dean (Research & Development), Faculty Arts & Social Sciences, UTS
Liz Visher, Director, Outreach, Research Excellence Branch, Australian Research Council (ARC)
Ms Visher gave a background on ERA , and talk about the outcomes from the trial ratings of Humanities research, held last year. Se answered questions about what sort of research would be recognised by the ARC in 2010. There was particular reference to noting creative work (including journalism) .
Notes (These notes while attempting to give a fair account of the discussion, do not represent ARC policy.)
The 2010 ERA ROUND: What it may really mean for journalism academics
Chair: Dr Rhonda Breit School of Journalism & Communication, The University of Queensland
How research ratings impacted on New Zealand
Dr Grant Hannis Head of Journalism Programme, Dept of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University
Dr Judith Clarke, Baptist University, Hong Kong
Elliott S. Parker, Central Michigan University, USA
Dr Lee Richard Duffield, Queensland University of Technology
Jim Tully, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Dr Kasun Ubayasiri, Queensland University of Technology
Dr Stephen Stockwell, Griffith University
Philip Cass, Zayed University, United Arab Emirates
Dr Steve Quinn, Deakin University, Deakin University
Ejournalist: refereed media journal. ISSN 1444-741X