Teaching staff

Staff profiles

Dr Margaret Simons

Teaching: Researching/Writing Stories, Journalism Thesis, Journalism Internship, Applied Professional Practice, Journalism Project

Dr Margaret Simons is Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism and the Coordinator of the Master of Journalism at The University of Melbourne.

An award-winning freelance journalist and author, her most recent work is Six Square Metres (Scribe) launched in October 2015. Previous books include the Walkley-nominated Kerry Stokes: Self Made Man (Penguin, 2013), Journalism at the Crossroads, published by Scribe in 2011, and Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs co-written with former Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser. This book, published by The Miegunyah Press in 2010, won both the Book of the Year and the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2011.

In addition to her academic work, Margaret has written for Crikey, The Saturday Paper, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Griffith Review, The Monthly and other publications.

Simon Mann

Teaching: Journalism Thesis, Applied Professional Practice, Journalism Project

Simon Mann is the editor of The Citizen, an online publication that showcases the work of students in the Master of Journalism program, as well the Centre's research efforts. A journalist for more than 30 years, Mann has held a series of senior reporting and editing roles at The Age, and is a two-time foreign correspondent having been based in Europe and, more recently, Washington DC. He was awarded the Walkley Award for international journalism in 1999 for his coverage of the war in Kosovo and refugee crisis in the neighbouring Balkan states.

Denis Muller

Dr Denis Muller

Teaching: Dilemmas in Journalism

Dr Denis Muller is a leading expert on media ethics and worked as a journalist for 27 years including Assistant Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald and Associate Editor at The Age. Since 1995 he has conducted independent social and policy research across education, health, environment and media fields. Dr Muller teaches media ethics and is the author of Media Ethics and Disasters. Together with Michael Gawenda, Dr Muller conducted CAJ research into how the media covered the Black Saturday Bushfires, consulting with bushfire-affected communities about their experiences with the media.

Craig Butt

Teaching: Data Journalism

Craig Butt is a health reporter at The Age. He specialises in data journalism, which involves finding stories in large data sets. His data journalism includes stories and interactives on the road toll in Victoria, high school performance data and population projections. Craig is also a co-founder of the Melbourne chapter of Hacks/Hackers, a meet-up group which brings together journalists and technologists to discuss the future of the media and the ways in which people consume information. Before joining The Age Craig worked as a digital producer for the Melbourne Press Club, where he was responsible for overseeing the club's website and social media presence. As well as data journalism he is interested in the potential of new media and emerging forms of reporting.

Tim Dunlop

Teaching: Journalism Entrepreneurship in New Media

Tim Dunlop was a pioneer of political blogging in Australia, and his blog, The Road to Surfdom, attracted a large worldwide audience. Tim has a PhD in political philosophy as well as a background in small business. He was the first Australian political blogger to be hired by a mainstream media organisation, accepting a position with News Ltd in 2005. He now writes a regular column for The Drum on the ABC website and contributes to a number of other publications.

Elyas Khan

Teaching Assistant

Elyas Khan is the Teaching Assistant for the Centre for Advancing Journalism's MOOC 'Journalism Skills for Engaged Citizens'. He has a background in engineering and his research interests lie at the intersection of journalism and technology, including computational and structured journalism, fact-checking, crowdsourcing and social media. Elyas holds a Master of Journalism from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronics from the University of Auckland. His writing has been published in the Herald Sun,The Citizen and Crikey.

Megan Toomey

Megan Toomey

Teaching Assistant

Megan Toomey completed the Master of Journalism at The University of Melbourne in 2015 to pursue a career in science communication. She now does marketing and communications for the Melbourne Space Program, works as a teaching assistant for @scidocmartin as well as the Centre for Advancing Journalism's MOOC, and does freelance production work for Cosmos magazine.