YAJA - Judging Panel

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Dr Kate Ames

Dr Kate Ames (PhD Sydney, MLitt (Cultural Studies) CQU, B Comm (PR) QUT, GradCert TertiaryEd CQU, Cert IV Training & Assessment Australian Army) - Central Queensland University: Director, Flexible Learning and Innovation Projects

She has combined her combine professional skills in journalism and media with her academic interests as a cultural sociologist in language, culture, and community. While working as an academic since 2001, Kate has continued to practice as a photographer, film-maker, journalist, and public relations practitioner. She has 20 years' experience in the Australian Army (part-time) and counts as lifetime career highlights her experience as a photographer at 1996 Olympic Games, the opportunity to deploy on military operations, and writing a memoir about her brother Matthew, Will to Live (Penguin 2014). She is a passionate educator and was awarded a national citation for teaching quality in 2015. Her PhD from the University of Sydney in 2012 examined the way in which a sense of community is fostered through language, and she has a record of publications in storytelling, community, connection, and broadcast talk.

"I'm really excited to be working with the ArtNewsPortal and YAJA Awards to promote authentic opportunities for students. I've joined my colleague Dr Nicole Anae to represent CQUniversity on the judging panel, but finding ways to integrate real work into a student's learning journey can be difficult when students are working by distance. Promoting arts and culture in the regions at the same time as helping students find their feet as journalists and corporate writers is a total win/win for all of us."

Will to Live

Dr Nicole Anae

Senior Lecturer in Literary and Cultural Studies

Dr Nicole Anae (Dip.Teach [CSU]; B.Ed [CSU]; B.A [Hons] [UTAS 1st class]; PhD [UTAS]), graduated from Charles Sturt University with a B.Ed and Dip.T before earning her PhD through the Faculty of English, Journalism, and European Languages at the University of Tasmania. She is Senior Lecturer in Literary and Cultural Studies at Central Queensland University. Her published work — academic and creative — appears in a variety of literary journals, conference papers, refereed journals, monographs, and edited collections. She is editor of Central Queensland University’s Idiom23 Literary Magazine.

Idiom23 Literary Magazine

Roche Artz

Junior Lecturer North-West University (South Africa)

Experienced Junior Lecturer with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Journalism, Corporate Communications, Management, Marketing Strategy, and Social Media. Strong education professional with an Honours in Journalism degree focused in Communication and Media Studies from North-West University; currently completing MA in Communication at the North-West University. Prior and/or initial work experience focused in the field of Marketing Communication with specific focus on brand activation.

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Thea Brejzek

Thea Brejzek is Professor for Spatial Theory at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), and a Director of the IKEA X UTS FUTURE LIVING LAB. From 2007 to 2012 she was a Professor of Scenography at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK), Switzerland.

Thea Brejzek is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Bauhaus Dessau and Associate Editor of the Routledge Journal, Theatre and Performance Design. She has been Visiting Professor at Bartlett School of Architecture, London, is a Research Fellow at TU Berlin and in 2017 has been awarded a Bogliasco Foundation Research Fellowship. Thea publishes and lectures widely on the history and theory of scenography and performative environments with a particular interest in atmospheric spatial conditions and transdisciplinary practices.


Kevin Brianton

Lecturer in Strategic Communication, Head of discipline, La Trobe University

Kevin has more than 30 years' experience in market research, journalism and public relations. He worked as both a consultant and as a manager in government and private industry. The majority of his career has focused on government and political issues. He has won national and state PRIA awards in community communications, issues and crisis management, events management, internal communications and comprehensive communications. Kevin was made a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia in July 2012. Along with the Communication and Media team, he won the Vice Chancellor's Sustaining Student Employability Award in 2015. He is also an expert on film history and his Hollywood Divided: The 1950 Screen Directors Guild Meeting and the Impact of the Blacklist was released in Australia in February 2017.


Mark Civitella

Mark Civitella lectures in Communication at La Trobe University

He is a communication strategy consultant and has spent over 20 years commenting on media and politics and specialises in political and issue communication. Mark is a Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia.


Dr John Cokley PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University

Dr John Cokley PhD, B.Bus is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University, Australia. John was the first Journalist-in-Residence at Griffith University (2002) and the first Associate Professor in Journalism at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia (2012-2014). He is a Certified Tertiary Teacher. He worked as an editor, reporter and trainer for News Corp Australia from 1984-2006 and for the national wire service Australian Associated Press from 1984-1985 and as a trainer for the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union in Malaysia, India and Iran. John has owned and operated small businesses in Australia since 1982, among them a publishing company, a bookshop as well as his main career, journalism. He has delivered invited seminars in Indonesia, China, France, Ireland and Wales and addressed conferences in South Africa, the United States, Norfolk Island, Singapore and New Zealand.

John’s new book Shopping News: Agenda Finding, What the Audience Does Before the News was released last year by Australian Scholarly Publishing. It contains keys to the next generation of journalism and news publishing, with 16 clearly explained practical models showing how journalists and publishers can please more readers without compromising ethics or quality.


Steve Cox

Artist and Writer

Cox studied painting at the Victorian College of the Arts from 1978 to 1981. In 1983 he was awarded the Keith & Elisabeth Murdoch Travelling Fellowship and subsequently spent eighteen months making work in London and Cairo. Also in 1983, he was included in the important survey of Australian art, Perspecta, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 1989 he was awarded an Australia Council grant to spend three months making work at the Villa Ghedini, in Besozzo, Northern Italy.

Since 1982 he has staged close to 40 one-person exhibitions in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide, and has participated in over fifty group-exhibitions, including Moist: Australian Watercolours, (2005) at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, and This and Other Worlds, (2005) at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne. In 2008 he was included in True Crime: Murder and Misdemeanour in Australian Art, at the Geelong Art Gallery.

Cox's work is held in The National Gallery of Australia, Canberra; The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; and other major public and private collections throughout Australia. His work has been featured in Neville Drury's New Art series of books, and in Sonia Payes' Untitled, a book of photographic portraits of contemporary Australian artists.

Since 2014, he has also concentrated on writing, both as an arts-writer as a poet. In 2014/2015 he was the London editorial director of the Germany-based culture magazine, NakedButSafe, for which he conducted interviews with major international artists, including Helmut Middendorf. Since 2014, he has been a regular contributor to the art magazine Vault: Australasian Art & Culture. His interviews with Australian film director Philippe Mora, and British film director Mike Leigh were published on FilmInk.com in 2019.

In 2019m Cox was appointed inaugural writer in residence at East Brunswick Village (EBV, where he has concentrated on developing a body of poetry which deals with a wide variety of subject matter.


Dr Kayt Davies

Journalist and academic

Kayt Davies is a journalist and academic. She is a adjunct senior lecturer in journalism at Edith Cowan University and also teaches at Murdoch University. A true believer in the vital role of journalism in equitable democratic systems she encourages students to think about how journalism will be created and disseminated in the near future, as the architecture of the business model warps and flexes. Issues she grapples with through her research include how academics can teach journalism students to thrive in the Era of Big Data and how journalists and sources in oppressive and hostile situations can be kept safe.

Bio @ www.ecu.edu.au

Peter Gregory

Journalism and law have defined Peter Gregory's professional career. He specialised in court and legal reporting in a print and online journalism career that included 18 years as The Age's Supreme Court correspondent. Peter won a number of Victoria Law Foundation Legal Reporting Awards, and his text book, Court Reporting in Australia, is found in many university libraries. In 2016, he wrote a chapter about journalism and the Victorian Supreme Court for Judging For The People, a book commemorating the court's 175-year history.

Peter teaches journalism at La Trobe University to undergraduate and masters students in subjects ranging from news writing and journalism research to media law and court reporting. His PhD study is focused on court suppression orders. In February 2017, he took part in a court re-enactment of the sentencing of Ronald Ryan, the last person hanged in Australia. Peter has spoken about court reporting for the Royal Historical Society of Victoria ( Law Week, 2017) and the Supreme Court of Victoria (Gertie's Law podcast, 2019). He wrote about court suppression orders for The Conversation website in December 2018, and held a media law workshop for journalists in March 2019.


Aleksandar Kocic

Lecturer in Journalism at Edinburgh Napier University

I have been a journalist for thirty years and have worked in radio, television, print and online. I spent many years working as a music journalist and also London-based arts and culture correspondent for several news outlets in my native Serbia. Since 1992, I have also worked as a journalist for BBC radio in London. Working as a journalist covering the arts helped me visit many interesting places and meet lots of fascinating people; I had the privilege to interview Brian Eno and John Peel, amongst others, and also meet David Bowie.


Jenny LAM Chor-kan

Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Journalism -Hong Kong Baptist University

Ms Lam was the news editor for TVB News’ English service. She also anchored the news for more than 20 years. She trained reporters for TVB for many years and has extensive reporting experience. She began her career in publishing. She then worked in both radio and television at the BBC before returning to Hong Kong. She was born in Hong Kong and educated in Britain. CLASSES TAUGHT: Broadcast journalism, Beat reporting and Journalism practicum. RESEARCH & TEACHING INTERESTS: Investigative journalism


Margaret (Yee Man) Ng

Assistant professor from the Department of Journalism and Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Margaret (Yee Man) Ng is an assistant professor from the Department of Journalism and Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She teaches data visualization and data journalism. Her Coursera class of data visualization will be published in Spring 2019, which covers topics including pattern discovery, clustering, text mining, and analytics for data visualization. Her creative work has largely focused on design and content creation. Before earning a Ph.D., she worked as a news artist at National Geographic Magazine and The Seattle Times and a data reporter for The Center for Public Integrity. Her interactive designs adhered to industry best practices in being responsive and mobile-first and were executed in a clean and elegant visual style. She was the recipient of 2014 White House Correspondent's Association Scholarship, which was presented by President Obama and Mrs. Obama at the White House Correspondents' Association annual dinner.


Maria Schaller

Radio Producer at Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) Australia

As a Master of Journalism and Communication Studies Maria has been producing content for print and radio in Australia and Europe.


Max Schleser

Senior Lecturer at the School of Film and TV at Swinburne University

He is a filmmaker, who explores smartphones and mobile media for creative transformation and media production. His portfolio (www.schleser.nz) includes various award winning mobile, smartphone and pocket camera films which are screened at film festivals, Galleries and Museums internationally.

Max presents keynotes at international festivals exploring Mobile Media, Online Video, Digital Storytelling, Cross-Media Production and Creative Innovation. He frequently talks about the prospects and potential of smartphones for creative media production as well as community engagement. He also conceptualised and conducted numerous mobile filmmaking workshops for community groups and creative professionals.

Max co-founded MINA, the Mobile Innovation Network Australasia and curates the annual International Mobile Innovation Screening.


Dr Carmel Thomason

Dr Carmel Thomason is a senior lecturer in journalism at Staffordshire University, specialising in arts and entertainment journalism, features, health and creative non-fiction.

She is author of 8 books and was awarded Best Series at the 2017 Eden Book Awards for her collaboration with the Archbishop of York on the John Sentamu Stories trilogy.

Carmel is owner and editor of Quays Life, a lifestyle and culture website based in Salford Quays, England.

She graduated from the University of Bristol with a first-class honours degree in Geographical Sciences. Her PhD, awarded by the University of Bristol, was funded by the ESRC and focused on cultural consumption and the role of the artisan sector in economic development. Her current research interests include the ethical and aesthetic dimensions of journalistic storytelling; narrative journalism; arts and heritage. She is the academic and project lead for the multi-partner Heritage Lottery Funded, Philip Astley Project, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of modern-day circus.


Samuel Toledano

Journalist and lecturer from the Department of Communication at University of La Laguna (Canary Islands, Spain).

Samuel teaches investigative journalism and other subjects at under and postgraduate levels. He has launched with his students several printed, digital and video projects (Revista 360, Mapa del Poder en Canarias, Fuelling Canarias, etc.)

His PhD dealt with mass media coverage to social movements. He has been involved in some funded research projects on political corruption, immigration, public television and transparency. He has lead reports on public opinion and democracy, as part of his researching and publishing track in media and democracy. He has been a research fellow at some universities in Spain and in Wien and Goldsmiths, London (Centre for the study of global media and democracy). He has been general secretary of UPCC (Canary Islands journalists union) and member of the national board of FeSP (Spanish federation of journalists unions)

He has worked as a journalist for news agencies (EFE) and newspapers in Spain and New York, covering issues such as September 11th attacks, CIA flights and migrations from West Coast of Africa. He has also a wide experience on political communication and elections: adviser (Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela), consultant (London) and short-term observer (Paraguay, Ecuador and Kyrgyzstan).

(Photograph by Fran Pallero)


Bruce Woolley

Award-winning journalist and lecturer at UQ

Bruce Woolley has been an award-winning journalist for 33 years on three continents (Europe, North America and Australia). He started his career as a cadet with the ABC in Brisbane working for radio and television news and current affairs. He was host of a daily television program from the 1982 Brisbane Commonwealth Games, broadcast to an estimated worldwide audience of 350 million people. Bruce was appointed Foreign Correspondent for the ABC in London in 1984 where he covered the turbulent miners' strike and IRA bombings on the British mainland and in Northern Ireland.

In 1987, he moved to Toronto to work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) as a radio, television and digital producer and project manager. In his two decades in Canada, Bruce created a new flagship news and current affairs program called 'The World This Weekend' which won a New York Festival Award as "World's Best News Magazine of 1997". A 30-minute radio documentary called 'Voices of War' won another gold medal in New York and was selected as the best-of-the-festival Grand Award Winner in 1993.

Bruce returned to Australia in 2007 to take up a job with the ABC and was appointed lecturer at UQ in 2013.


Prof. (Dr.) Anubhuti Yadav

Head,Department of New Media & Technology, Course Director, Advertising and Public Relations, Indian Institute of Mass Communication

Prof. Yadav comes with more than 15 years of experience in teaching and research. She started her career with Advertising agency in 2000 and worked on prestigious campaigns like Rajasthan Tourism. Later she moved to academics and joined IIMC in 2002 and taught advertising and research for three years. She joined National Council for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in 2006 to work in areas like educational media, educational technology, New Media and media literacy. Her work in the area of educational media won her four national awards as best script writer and researcher for the series on women achievers, Paramveer Chakra awardees and media literacy.

She is a leading expert and an active promoter of media literacy in India. She undertook various projects to promote digital and media literacy education in India.

She played a key role in the launch of National Repository of Open Educational Resources, the project she coordinated for Ministry of Human Resources and Development. The project was mentioned in the Highlights of Achievements of the Ministry of Human Resource Development in 2014.

She has also contributed in the design & development of digital tools like Infogram and Edmodo which are being widely used by Journalists and Educators around the world.

She is advising Facebook on their Digital Literacy project and working closely with Google on their Google News Initiative Training network in India .She is a certified trainer on Factchecking and Verification. She has conducted workshops on Fact checking and Verification for the Journalists, Media Educators and Media Students. She is also member of technical committee on Pradhan Mantri Digital Saksharta Abhiyan. She is advisor to Media Ownership Monitor India Project an initiative by Reporters without Border to map ownership pattern in Media Industry across the globe.

She teaches New Media, Data Journalism and Advertising & Public Relations. She has conducted research in areas like media literacy, women & media, media & children, Informational and communication technology, and New Media and has presented papers at various national and international conferences. She has organised training programmes in New Media for the Officers from Armed Forces, Para military forces and also for various ministries like Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation, Ministry of Rural Development and the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technnology.

She is the co-author of Indian edition of Media Literacy: Key to interpreting media messages book developed under Digital International Media Literacy Project. She is currently working on a book on New Media Journalism.

Prof Yadav was a Jury Member of various Festivals and awards like Woodpecker Film Festival, National Science Film Festival, Prakrati Festival, CEC, MHRD and Kaliedo Awards organized by the Brand Equity, ET.

She has received Innovative Use of ICT in Education award during the ICT Conclave on Education 2016 organised by DELL, Public Relations Society of India award for Contribution to Mass Communication Education in 2018, Women of Excellence Award by Women Economic Forum ( WEF) and Web Wonder Women Award by the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare for using twitter to create awareness on Fake News and Misinformation.

Twitter @YadavAnubhuti


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