Copyright Agency Appoints New Board Director

Published by: Copyright Agency | 10-Aug-2022
The Copyright Agency today announced the appointment of Matthew Ricketson to its Board, filling the casual vacancy for the Author Member.
Dr Ricketson has worked as a journalist with the Age, the Australian, the Sunday Herald and other press publications. He has taught journalism at RMIT, was a Professor of Journalism at the University of Canberra, and is currently Professor of Communication at Deakin University. He has authored, co- authored or edited eight books, as well as authoring many book chapters and journal articles.

Copyright Agency Chair Dr Kate Harrison welcomed Professor Ricketson to the Board as a Director:

“We are pleased to appoint Matthew to the Board. He brings extensive experience as an author both in the field of journalism and in the higher education sector. The Copyright Agency is looking forward to utilising his expertise and insights.

“The Board will continue to focus on supporting the rights of authors, publishers, and artists by advocating effectively for policy settings that promote and foster the interests of Australian creators.”

Professor Ricketson replaces Adele Ferguson, who served as an elected Author Member on the Board for six years. Dr Harrison again expressed the Board’s thanks to Adele for her contribution as a Director of the Copyright Agency.

To fill the vacancy caused by Adele Ferguson’s departure, the Board invited Author Members to submit an expression of interest in the position. Dr Harrison said:

“We were delighted that 48 author members submitted expressions of interest in the position, and impressed by the expertise, experience and talent each of them had to offer.”

Professor Matthew Ricketson will commence his role as Director effective from 15 August.

Below is a short biography of Dr Ricketson.

Professor Matthew Ricketson is currently the head of the Communication group at Deakin University; prior to that, he was the inaugural professor of journalism at the University of Canberra between 2009 and 2017 and ran the journalism program at RMIT for 11 years. He has worked for several newspapers and media organisations including The Age, The Australian, The Sunday Herald and Time Australia magazine, covering politics, sport, consumer affairs and the arts, and is the author of several books.

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