The Centre for Advancing Journalism exists to foster and encourage journalism that is useful to people in being informed and engaged citizens.
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Applications for two $40 000 Regional Journalism Scholarships at The University of Melbourne are now open to encourage more regional and remote students to undertake journalism courses. Applications close 31 May 2019.SCHOLARSHIPS
History plays an increasingly important legitimising role in China, Senior Lecturer Louisa Lim writes.Media
The Little Red podcast has won News and Current Affairs podcast of the year at the 2018 Australian Podcast awards.News
Senior Lecturer Louisa Lim writes in Index on Censorship that new laws in China would make her book on Tiananmen Square impossible to research today.Media
Produced and hosted by Senior Lecturer Louisa Lim, the Little Red Podcast is a deep-dive on China issues. The podcast is a finalist in the News and Current Affairs category at the 2018 Australian Podcast Awards.News
Walter V. Robinson, leader of the Spotlight team at the Boston Globe, will give this year's A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism. Robinson led the team during the investigation into the Catholic Church's coverup of sexual abuse.Event
The Centre exists to foster and encourage journalism that is useful to people in being informed and engaged citizens. We advance journalism through our innovation in teaching, research and engagement. We see opportunities in the power of the new tools for informing and being informed. We are a hub of thinking, conversation and creativity. We embrace the opportunities in change, even as we heed the threats. We will harness the unprecedented potential for a more engaged citizenry.
Our fundamental aim is to advance the practice of journalism at a time of great change. Through the triple helix of teaching, research and engagement, we seek to play a constructive role in the future of news media.
The Centre for Advancing Journalism (CAJ) was established in 2009 within the Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne. In 2015, the Centre joined the School of Culture and Communication (SCC).
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We are constantly evaluating what we teach. Student Experience Surveys and our rapidly changing industry continuously influence the content of our program.
Please note: To view sample course plans please see the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences (GSHSS) Master of Journalism degree structure and Master of International Journalism degree structure web pages.
Master of Journalism
The Master of Journalism is designed and delivered by teaching staff who are outstanding professional practitioners. This is a journalism degree for the future. More information on our flagship degree is available on the GSHSS Master of Journalism web page.
Master of International Journalism
The Master of International Journalism is targeted at students interested in understanding and producing journalism in an international field of practice, where it is important that key skills are complemented by an understanding of different professional traditions, conventions, cultures and challenges. More information on this degree is available on the GSHSS Master of International Journalism web page.
Graduate Diploma in Journalism (Advanced)
The Graduate Diploma in Journalism (Advanced) is associated with the Master of Journalism and comprises four compulsory subjects and four related electives. Together these represent basic journalistic skills and understandings with the opportunity to study a limited number of subjects at a more advanced level. At the conclusion of their study students can choose to articulate into the full Master of Journalism program. More information can be found on the GSHSS Graduate Diploma in Journalism (Advanced) web page.
Graduate Certificate in Journalism (Advanced)
The Graduate Certificate in Journalism (Advanced) is associated with the Master of Journalism and teaches the basic and fundamental skills and understandings of journalism. It is suitable for students with little or no experience in journalism. At the conclusion of their study students can choose to articulate into either the Graduate Diploma in Journalism (Advanced) or the full Master of Journalism program. More information can be found on the GSHSS Graduate Certificate in Journalism (Advanced) web page.
Significant applied outcomes are achieved by closely linking research to our program of public activities.
Each project culminates in a workshop, seminar or other public presentation aimed at journalists, media executives and the broader community. This provides an opportunity for those working in the industry, and the interested public, to discuss the research findings and explore potential improvements in the way the media interacts with its community.
Arthur Norman Smith was a founder of the Australian Journalists' Association, served as its first general president and for five years as its general secretary. Thanks to a generous bequest from the Smith family, the prestigious A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism is presented each year by a leading authority on some aspect of journalism.
The first annual AN Smith Lecture in Journalism was held in 1938. The lecture is presented by a leading authority on some important aspect of journalism.
A University Trust Record governs the use of the bequest fund.
2019 A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism
Journalism Versus the Big Banks: Reporting where Regulators Fear to Tread
Date: Wednesday 10 Aprl 2019 6.45pm - 7.45pm
Location: Forum Lecture Theatre, Level 1 Arts West (Building 148)
The Royal Commission into the banking industry has demonstrated that regulators have failed us, while the role of protecting the public from corporate greed has often been performed best by journalism. This is despite the fact that the news media has faced major disruption and the kinds of financial constraints that make consistent and forensic analysis of big business much more challenging.
In her AN Smith lecture, investigative reporter Adele Ferguson - who many credit as the initiator of the Royal Commission - asks why it is that journalism stepped up while regulation failed? And what can be done to strengthen journalism to ensure it keeps on performing this vital role?
As a journalist and columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and columnist for The Australian Financial Review, Adele Ferguson AM has won eight Walkley Awards (including the Gold Walkley) as well as two Gold Quill awards.
About the AN Smith Lecture in Journalism
Arthur Norman Smith was a founder of the Australian Journalists' Association, served as its first general president and for five years as its general secretary. Thanks to a generous bequest from the Smith family, the prestigious AN Smith Lecture in Journalism is presented each year by a leading authority on some aspect of journalism.
Adele Ferguson, The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald
As a journalist and columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, and columnist for The Australian Financial Review, Adele Ferguson AM has won eight Walkley Awards (including the Gold Walkley) as well as two Gold Quill awards. Several of the awards for cross media projects she helmed with the ABC's Four Corners program. The investigations uncovered myriad scandals within the banking sector, exposed misconduct within franchising and also unearthed wrongdoing within the retirement home industry. Adele Ferguson is currently writing a book, Banking Bad: How greed and broken governance conspired to break our trust in corporate Australia, to be published by HarperCollins Australia. It will build on her more than four years of reporting into bad behaviour by the banks.
2018 A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism
For decades, American cardinals and bishops - and their peers across the Globe - engaged in an international criminal conspiracy to keep secret the sexual abuse of countless thousands of children. But investigative reporters exposed the crimes. Then in 2016, the economic and journalistic fortunes of US media could not have seemed bleaker - until Donald Trump unwittingly became the new patron saint of the First Amendment. His coarse attempts to undermine the Constitution have awakened the slumbering watchdogs of the Fourth Estate. Now, all the dogs are barking. And the public wonders: Without investigative reporting, without a strong and aggressive press, can Democracy survive? And if investigative reporting cannot hold powerful Popes and Presidents accountable, then who can?
Presented by Walter Robinson, Editor-at-Large of the Boston Globe and leader of the Spotlight Team's investigations into abuse in the Catholic Church.
2017 A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism
Modern journalism is enabled by the reach and power of technology platforms and social networks to broadcast anything from anywhere in the world. Terrorist attacks become horrifying theatre, our attention drawn to events and their aftermath as they unfold, and the 'breaking news' organisation is anyone with a mobile phone and a social media account. As Facebook Live becomes the window on all events, and mobile technology turns anyone into a potential broadcasting unit, how do we decide what to report and what to edit? Who is in control and what is the role for legacy broadcasters and news organisations in this new world?
Emily Bell is the founding director of Columbia University's highly regarded Tow Center for Digital Journalism and a leading authority on digital journalism.
2015 A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism
Freedom from Information - Australia's War on Transparency
When The Killing Season aired on ABC TV this year Prime Minister Tony Abbott lifted his arms to the press gallery and declared "Thank you to the ABC". This was the ABC's 4th landmark TV series on political leadership but will there be another? Will our current and future leaders feel the same obligation of history? Or will future leaders no longer trust their legacy to a media they don’t control?
Walkley Award winning journalist Sarah Ferguson, whose documentary series on the Rudd/Gillard years The Killing Season made waves earlier this year, presented the 2015 AN Smith Lecture in Journalism.
2014 A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism
The disruption of 'legacy' newspapers by the Internet should be welcomed and celebrated. Morry Schwartz believes that this problem will be solved with the development of highly targeted and personalised advertising on the internet, and importantly with the advent of a paid-content model, which will bring with it many blessings. The greatest being that in order to be successful, media companies will need to offer such valuable and desirable content that people will be willing to pay for it!
Morry Schwartz, Publisher The Saturday Paper
2013 A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism
In this globalised era, most news organisations have international ambitions, from Al Jazeera to Buzzfeed. Katharine Viner argues that journalism that is open to the web is the best way to make a global impact. But what does that mean? Who is our audience in such a world? What do they want from us? What kind of business models best serve 'post-industrial journalism'? And why is Guardian Australia here?
Katharine Viner is editor-in-chief of recently launched Guardian Australia and has been deputy editor of the Guardian worldwide since 2007. Having previously worked at London's Sunday Times, Katharine joined the Guardian in 1997 and has worked as a writer, editor of Weekend magazine, features editor, head of comment and Saturday editor. Read the transcript (210kb pdf)
2012 A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism
Kim Williams, AM, Chief Executive of News Limited.
"We're here tonight because we believe journalism matters. And one of the reasons it matters is that it's one of the last bastions of idiosyncratic public individuals who say what they think without fear or favour. Journalism has always been populated by larger than life souls: often testy, frequently witty and hopefully always readable. They make life richer and more interesting and give us cheer, hope, fury and a sense of what it is to be part of the cavalcade in society's affairs." Read the transcript (130kb pdf)
2011 A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism
Greg Hywood, CEO Fairfax Media
2010 A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism
The media landscape is changing rapidly. Newspapers are under increasing financial pressure. The old paradigms for journalism are under threat and in the middle of this media revolution, no-one can say what the future of journalism looks like.
Annabel Crabb, ABC Online's Chief Political Writer. Read the transcript (430kb pdf)
2009 A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism
ABC Managing Director, Mark Scott discusses the future of journalism in an age when the media moguls have fallen, private equity dominates and increasing numbers of people access news and entertainment online. Read the transcript (135kb pdf)
2008 A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism
Do newspapers have a future?
Michael Gawenda's 2008 A.N. Smith Lecture
Read the transcript (165kb pdf)
The first A.N. Smith Lecture in Journalism was presented in 1938
Details of previous lectures from 1997-2006 are available on the University's Speeches and presentations A. N. Smith Lecture in Journalism web page.