YAJA - Past Judging Panel Members

Maarit Jaakkola (2017)

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 Information.


Steinar Ellingsen (2016-2017)

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.


Tym Yee (2016-2017)

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.


Maxim Boon (2016)

Online Editor

Maxim Boon is an arts writer, commentator and critic based in Melbourne, cover classical music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Formerly based in London, Maxim has worked as a publicist, writer, producer and composer for over ten years. He is currently the online editor of Limelight Magazine, Australia's most read arts and classical music site.


Alexander Lorenz (2017)


Reported as a freelance correspondent for Austrian and German TV in Europe, Asia and Australia. Started as a Sports Journalist in Vienna and later moved on to News and Current Affairs. 30 years in front and behind the camera. Recently spent 3 years in India covering the general elections in India with the rise of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Now based in Melbourne still working freelance.

Cameron Pegg

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.

Cameron Pegg