Director - Centre for Advancing Journalism

Melbourne, Australia
$140,758 - $155,072
17 Mar 2017
End of advertisement period
27 Apr 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

School of Culture and Communication

Faculty of Arts

Salary: $140,758 - $155,072 p.a. plus 17% superannuation

The Centre for Advancing Journalism (CAJ) was established in 2009 with the aim of improving the practice of journalism. Given this mission, the Centre has a research component, both academic and applied research, examining major issues in journalism, and a public engagement program designed to involve the community in a dialogue about what constitutes journalism excellence. This dialogue is designed to foster a better understanding in the community of how journalism works, and provide journalists with the opportunity to reflect on their work and how it impacts society. In teaching, research and engagement, the Centre also engages strongly with issues concerning the future of journalism at a time of fundamental change in technology and business models.

The Centre for Advancing Journalism is located in the School of Culture and Communication, which encourages collaborative, cross-disciplinary work in line with University priorities and is host to several large research projects and centres, including the Unit for Public Culture, the Centre for the History of Emotions and the Australian Institute of Art History. We also teach a range of transnational programs through a Graduate School, including the Masters of Global Media Communication.

CAJ has a number of research projects underway and more planned, and a public engagement program that is growing and has produced outstanding public lectures, panel discussions and seminars. The highlight is the New News program, run each year in collaboration with the Wheeler Centre for Books Writing and Ideas. The Centre runs a nested suite of journalism programs, with the flagship being the Master of Journalism. Other programs include the Advanced Graduate Certificate in Journalism and the Advanced Graduate Diploma in Journalism.

In 2018, it is intended to add a Master of International Journalism, aimed at international students, to this suite of programs.

A particularly strong feature of the Masters program is internships. Longstanding and effective relationships have been built up between the Centre and a wide range of media outlets, resulting in a rich set of internship offerings for students. Many students have obtained employment as a direct consequence of the internship program.

The Director needs to have an outstanding CV in journalism and have strong links within the media industry. This will be integral to the ongoing success of the Centre.

Close date:  27 Apr 2017

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