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Associate Professor Andrew Dodd

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Andrew Dodd is Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. He was a broadcaster at ABC Radio National, where he presented several programs and founded the long running Media Report program. He was a reporter at ABC TV's 7.30 Report and a media and business reporter at The Australian newspaper. He has also worked for Crikey.com.au and Radio Netherlands and written for several other publications.  Andrew teaches Researching and Writing Stories; his latest book is Upheaval: Disrupted Lives in Journalism.

Email: adodd@unimelb.edu.au

Louisa Lim

Associate Professor Louisa Lim

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Louisa Lim is an award-winning journalist and podcaster.  Her most recent book Indelible City; Dispossession and Defiance in Hong Kong was shortlisted for the Stella Prize, the Walkley Award and the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Non-fiction, and won a Citation from the Overseas Press Club of America.   She teaches audio journalism and podcasting, and her podcast, The Little Red Podcast, has won the Australian Podcast Award for news and current affairs.  She is currently the Saturday Paper's podcast critic, and her journalism can also be read at the New York Times and the Guardian.

Email: louisa.lim@unimelb.edu.au

Lucy Smy

Lucy Smy

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Lucy Smy is a Senior Lecturer specialising in business journalism. She is a former Financial Times journalist and has reported from Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia and the Czech Republic. She co-ordinates International Traditions in Journalism, International Business Journalism and Global Crisis Reporting.

Email: lucy.smy@unimelb.edu.au

Jo Chandler

Jo Chandler

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Jo Chandler is an award-winning journalist and Editor of the Centre for Advancing Journalism’s flagship publication The Citizen. She is also a Senior Lecturer and coordinates the Newsroom and Investigative Journalism subjects in the Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs.

Email: jchandler@unimelb.edu.au

Liam Cochrane

Liam Cochrane

Liam Cochrane is Lecturer in Video Journalism. He was previously the ABC’s South-East Asia correspondent, based in Bangkok, travelling the Asia Pacific region filing for television, radio and digital platforms across the ABC. Liam teaches the subjects Journalism Project and Video Journalism.

Email: liam.cochrane@unimelb.edu.au

Jeff Sparrow

Dr Jeff Sparrow

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Dr Jeff Sparrow is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Advancing Journalism and teaches the Non Fiction Writing, Change in Journalism and Journalism Thesis subjects in the Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs. He is also a writer, editor, broadcaster and Walkley award-winning journalist. He is a former columnist for Guardian Australia, a former Breakfaster at Melbourne's 3RRR, and a past editor of Overland literary journal. His recent books include Provocations: New and Selected Writing and Crimes Against Nature: Capitalism and Global Heating. He is a visiting scholar at the State Library of NSW.

Email: jeffrey.sparrow@unimelb.edu.au

Lisa Greenough

Lisa Greenough

Lisa Greenough coordinates the journalism internship subject in the Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs. She has extensive experience in broadcast and online journalism, having produced radio programs at the ABC and 3AW for presenters including Jon Faine, Virginia Trioli and Neil Mitchell.

Email: lisa.greenough@unimelb.edu.au

Craig Butt

Craig Butt

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Craig Butt coordinates the Data Journalism and Researching/Writing Stories subjects in the Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs. He is also a journalist at The Age, where he specialises in data-driven journalism.

Email: craig.butt@unimelb.edu.au

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Tania Lee

Tania Lee co-ordinates Current Issues in Finance and is a journalist who has more than 10 years' experience as a reporter, digital producer and video journalist in China and Australia. Tania has worked for the ABC, The Age, Wall Street Journal, Agence France Presse, Reuters and China Daily. She is currently a digital content editor with SBS Chinese.

Email: tania.lee1@unimelb.edu.au

Sami Shah

Sami Shah is a multi-award winning writer, journalist and comedian. He coordinates New Media: Harnessing Digital Disruption in the Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs. Sami writes for a variety of international and local media including The New York Times, Dawn and Times of India.

Email: sami.shah@unimelb.edu.au

Gina McColl

Gina McColl

Gina McColl is associate editor of The Citizen. Previously an award-winning journalist and editor at The AgeThe Sunday Age and BRW, she played a leading role in editorial independence, gender equity, public broadcasting and law reform campaigns as a director of the Walkley Foundation, vice-president of journalists’ union MEAA, and at the ABC and Andrew Denton's Go Gentle Australia. She is founder of investigative agency The Tell and media consultancy Women's Agency.

Email: gina.mccoll@unimelb.edu.au

Sean Davey

Sean Davey

Sean Davey has 23 years of experience in photojournalism and documentary photography. In 2020 Sean was awarded second place in the World Press Photo Award (Contemporary Issues) and was named the Overall Winner of the National Rural Press Club Awards for Excellence in Journalism. In the same year he was shortlisted for the 2020 Australian Photography Awards for photographs made during the Black Summer bushfire season. Sean was awarded Highly Commended in the National Photographic Portrait Prize in 2016.

From 2005-2014 Sean worked extensively in Papua New Guinea, facilitating community collaborative art programs with the University of Papua New Guinea. Sean is a founder and co-director of Pacific Centre for Photographic Arts.


Email: sean.davey@unimelb.edu.au

Caroline James-Garrod

Dr Caroline James-Garrod

Caroline James-Garrod is a journalist with more than twenty years experience as a reporter and editor. Caroline has worked for the Sunday Herald Sun, The Gold Coast Bulletin, and Leader Community Newspapers, and written industry news and features for trade titles in Australia and the UK. She has freelanced for The Age, and the Herald Sun. Her research looks at working online journalists' time poverty and its practical costs.

She co-ordinates the subject Key Skills.

Email: caroline.jamesgarrod@unimelb.edu.au

Dr Denis Muller

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Dr Denis Muller is Honorary Senior Research Fellow and coordinator of Dilemmas in Journalism: Law and Ethics in the Master of Journalism and Master of International Journalism programs. He is a former Assistant Editor (Investigations) of The Sydney Morning Herald and Associate Editor of The Age. He is the author of Journalism and the Future of Democracy, published by Palgrave Macmillan in August 2021.

Email: dmuller@unimelb.edu.au

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Dr Margaret Simons

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Margaret Simons is Honorary Principal Fellow and an award-winning freelance journalist, author and journalism academic. She is well known as a writer and thinker on the future of journalism. Margaret was a founding director of the Public Interest Journalism Initiative (2018-2021) and served as the inaugural Chair of Research (2018-2021). From 2012 until 2017 she served as Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism.

Email: m.simons@unimelb.edu.au