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) is a Senior Lecturer in professional communication at Central Queensland University.
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
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 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 also facilitates The Agency at La Trobe University, where students assist YAJA getting its message out. 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.
Dr Kayt Davies
Journalist and academic
Kayt Davies is a journalist and academic. She is a senior lecturer in journalism at Edith Cowan University in Perth where she teaches
students to navigate the complex webs of political, science and business fields in search of questions that need to be asked. 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
Director and co-founder of Melbourne WebFest
Steinar Ellingsen is the Director and co-founder of Melbourne WebFest – Australia’s international web series festival. He is a lecturer
in Communication and Media at La Trobe University, and an executive editor of upstart – the magazine for emerging journalists. Steinar
is the creator of the award-winning documentary web series The Inland Sea: An Australian Odyssey, and the executive producer of Magnify
Melbourne. Before relocating to Australia, he worked as a journalist and photographer in Norway, where he was nominated for a SKUP
award (Norwegian investigative journalism award) as part of a reportage team from the Laagendalsposten newspaper in 2007.
Arts and culture editor of The Conversation
Suzy Freeman-Greene is the arts and culture editor of The Conversation, which publishes arts reviews, essays and analysis pieces. From
2000-2015, she was an opinion columnist at The Age, where she has also worked as a features editor, news editor, feature writer and
Freeman-Greene’s essays, journalism, fiction and critical writing have been published widely in places such as Meanjin, Good Weekend, Island
and the Australian magazine. She reviews books for Australian Book Review and has taught journalism at the University of Melbourne.
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. He is scheduled to speak about court reporting
at a 2017 Law Week Victoria event for the Royal Historical Society of Victoria.
Lecturer in Journalism, Researcher in Media and Journalism
Dr. Maarit Jaakkola is a journalism educator at the University of Tampere, Finland, the oldest journalism education institution in the
Nordic countries. She is currently working as a researcher in journalism and media at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her PhD dealt
with arts journalism and its professionalization from the 1970's onwards. Jaakkola's current research interests focus on criticism in online
environment and the development of online-native arts journalism. Jaakkola is a former arts journalist and reviewer who has worked, for
example, for the largest Nordic newspaper Helsingin Sanomat and the Finnish News Agency. She is editor of the Nordic media journal Nordicom
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.
Executive Officer – Deputy Vice Chancellor (Engagement) at Griffith University
Cameron Pegg is an arts feature writer and reviewer for The Australian based in Brisbane. He has also contributed to Crikey, the Courier-Mail,
Dance Australia, and multiple publications focused on the performing arts. He serves on the judging committee for the Matilda Awards, which
recognise outstanding contributions to theatre in Queensland. He has lectured and tutored in journalism and creative writing at the University
of Queensland, Griffith University and the Queensland Writers Centre.
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.
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
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 six 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 a founder panel member and reviewer for the Manchester Theatre Awards, the UK's most important theatrical prize-giving outside
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 part of the management team for the Heritage Lottery Funded, Philip Astley Project, celebrating the 250th anniversary
of the birth of modern day circus.
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.
Writer, content marketer and creative arts editor
Tym Yee is a writer, content marketer and creative arts editor based in Sydney, Australia. His experience covers all types of creative
non-fiction, having published award-winning work across both the arts and commercial spaces in print and digital formats. He holds a Master
of Digital Communication and Culture, Bachelor of Media and Certificate IV in Design and is currently undertaking a Master of Research
in his spare time, looking at podcasting as a form of intimate journalism. Tym also guest lectures at Macquarie University in the Bachelor
of Marketing and Media program, writes and edits Spitpress.com and contributes to Marketing Magazine online.
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