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
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)
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.
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.