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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.

Its part of the Excellence in Australian Research (ERA) initiative by the Australian Research Council.

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) .

Powerpoint

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

 

Rappateurs:

Professor Wendy Bacon Director, ACIJ. UTS : Professor Bacon spoke about how ERA might encourage the publication of journalism as research. (notes of speech)

Professor Ian Richards Editor, Australian Journalism Review, UNISA : Professor Richards spoke about the importance of journal publishing. (notes of speech)

 

How research ratings impacted on New Zealand

Dr Grant Hannis Head of Journalism Programme, Dept of Communication, Journalism and Marketing, Massey University

Powerpoint and Presentation (Full Text)

 

 

 

 

 

Editor

Professor Alan Knight,
Queensland University of Technology

Advisory Panel

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