Journalism Staff

  • Associate Professor Mia Lindgren is Head of School of Media, Film and Journalism, launched in 2014. She teaches and researches across a range of areas in journalism.

    She began her career in journalism in Sweden working in broadcast news, current affairs, live radio and documentary reporting. She has produced radio documentaries from Russia, Scandinavia, Israel and Australia.

    She is interested in storytelling and the power of sharing personal experiences online and through audio.

  • Associate Professor Philip Chubb is Head of Journalism in the School of Media, Film and Journalism.

    His career combines leadership positions in the academy, media and business.

    Prior to joining Monash in 2008, his industry roles included Melbourne Editor of the National Times, leader writer at The Age and deputy editor of Time Australia; in television he was Executive Producer of The 7.30 Report (Victoria) and National Editor of The 7.30 Report. Philip’s work as a reporter included time on The Age‘s investigative reporting, feature writing and political teams. He was national and Asia Pacific correspondent for Time Australia, where he reported extensively from Canberra and also covered the stories of hope and despair in the emerging nations and economies of Australia’s neighbours, including the ethnic tensions and violence in places as diverse as Malaysia and New Caledonia.

    Philip has won numerous awards as a journalist. These have included a Logie (best TV documentary), a Gold Walkley (best journalism), a Walkley (best application of journalism to the television medium), the Gold UN Media Peace Prize, the Golden Gavel award of the NSW Law Society, four national community television awards, including for best program, and numerous awards for multimedia and web design

  • Fay Anderson is an Associate Professor in Journalism Studies in the School of Media, Film and Journalism. She is the author of two books, Witnesses to War: The History of Australian Conflict Reporting (2011, co-authored with Richard Trembath) and Max Crawford: An Historian’s Life and the Limits of Academic Freedom (2005).

    She is currently a lead Chief Investigator on the ARC Linkage Grant funded project on the history of Australian press photography with Associate Professor Sally Young, Professor Kate Darian-Smith and Mr Michael Gawenda (University of Melbourne) and in partnership with the National Library of Australia and the Walkley Foundation. Their co-authored book Chasing the Picture: The History of Australian Press Photography, will be published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2016.

  • Dr Deb Anderson teaches in the Journalism program in the School of Media, Film and Journalism, where she helps coordinate the Masters program including the New York Field School. She also oversees the undergraduate capstone unit Journalism and Global Change, and supervises postgraduate research across fields of journalism, oral history, environment and culture. Deb’s research interests are reflected in her PhD, through which she produced an oral-history collection for Museum Victoria and a book about the ways rural people are grappling with weather extremes and climate change, Endurance: Australian Stories of Drought (CSIRO Publishing, 2014). She brings to her teaching extensive experience in news production, having worked with the press in Australia and the UK, including a stint as Education Editor for Melbourne’s metro daily, The Age.

  • Dr Andrea Jean Baker is a senior lecturer in journalism who had taught across journalism practice and journalism studies from a undergraduate to a PhD level in the Australia and the US since 2000.

    She is an internationally award winning radio journalist of over 20 years, and has produced national programs for the ABC and community radio.

    Andrea’s current research projects are two fold; the first global study of Music cities (such as Melbourne, Austin and Berlin); second, working on the UNESCO’s Safety of Journalists agenda in regards to the recent Al Jazeera case in Egypt. Her work has also been published widely as monographs, journal articles and as print features.

    Andrea’s PhD about the history of net radio was a global first; and in 2001 she set up Australia’s first student based, net radio station at Monash. Andrea also initiated Australia’s first tertiary-based, international journalism field trips to the US, UK and Europe.

  • Mr Bill Birnbauer was a senior reporter and editor at The AgeThe Sunday Age and The Herald between 1975 and 2008. He left Fairfax in late 2008 and was appointed senior lecturer in journalism at Monash University in the same year. At Fairfax, he had several senior reporting roles and was The Age’s Chief of Staff, News Editor, Night Editor and Associate Editor. He is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Mr Birnbauer is an adjunct senior lecturer in Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism.

  • Stephanie Brookes joined the Journalism Program at Monash University in July 2013, where she teaches Journalism Studies.

    Her research interests lie at the intersection of media and politics, with a particular focus on election campaign coverage and communication, national identity and belonging. She currently researches and publishes on political communication, news media coverage of politics, celebrity politics and Australian and United States’ news media constructions of the ‘rise of China’.

  • Corinna Hente teaches Practice of Journalism and Editing & Design, and supervises interns in Journalism Professional Placement. Corinna is the staff editor of mojo, Monash journalism’s student publication.

    Corinna, a professional journalist for decades, worked predominantly at the Herald Sun, but also at The Sunday Herald, The Sunday Press, the Sunday Times in London, The Sun in London, and a number of magazines. She worked mostly in production, including as Deputy Night Editor of the Herald Sun for several years. Corinna also has a food blog and a book reviews blog.


  • Dr Monica Jackson teaches in the journalism program at the School of Media, Film and Journalism.  She has worked in print journalism for 20 years. As a reporter she has covered general news, politics, education, telecommunications and rural issues, and she has also been a section editor and sub editor. She completed a PhD on how narrative nonfiction can be used to tell the story of economic deregulation, and her research interests include long-form journalism and the power of story-telling in the digital age.

  • Heather Jarvis is a senior lecturer in journalism, specialising in audio storytelling, radio and documentary.

    She has more than 20 years experience as a broadcast and online journalist, presenter & producer at ABC International/Radio Australia and Radio National and has a strong interest in the Asia-Pacific region.  She has reported from countries around the Asia-Pacific and Africa and has an interest in the role of journalism in international and community development.  Heather is also a freelance podcast producer and radio documentary maker.

  • Associate Professor Johan Lidberg is the journalism section research coordinator and deputy head of journalism. His main research areas are Freedom of Information, access to information, reporting climate change and media accountability. He is also a member of the Monash Climate Change Communication Research Hub.

  • Dr Colleen Murrell is a senior lecturer in the School of Media, Film and Journalism. She is the unit coordinator of ATS3265 Broadcast Studio Production. During her academic career, Colleen has also chaired units in radio, television and international news.

    Dr Murrell researches international newsgathering, particularly with regards to transnational television broadcasting. She also researches social media newsgathering and television news agencies. She is currently doing a comparative study of media coverage of terrorism. She is the author of the book ‘Foreign Correspondents and International Newsgathering: The Role of Fixers’ published by Routledge in 2015.

  • Professor Chris Nash joined Monash University as Foundation Professor of Journalism in February 2008. For the previous ten years he had been Director of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ) at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is broadly interested in the interface between professional, intellectual and creative activity in journalism, and their relationship to social and political processes.

  • Nick Parkin is a former television, radio and online journalist from the ABC. He specialises in teaching practical journalism units which focus on video, audio, online and social media reporting, and incorporate new technologies. Nick also leads the production of Mojo TV, a student-run video journalism program that uses the school’s television production studio. In 2016, Nick led a number of Monash journalism students on practical study tours of Cambodia, India and Nepal in a collaboration with international NGOs and engineering organisations. You can see these students’ published work via the website Mojo Correspondent.

  • Julie Tullberg teaches digital journalism in Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism. She is pursuing her PhD in sports digital journalism.

    Julie has worked as a journalist since 1990, and enjoyed a career at News Corp for more than 20 years. Julie was formerly the Herald Sun’s Homepage Editor, Night Digital Editor and Sports Digital Editor (Nights). She is the School of Media Film and Journalism’s Website Coordinator and Journalism’s Internship Coordinator and the Industry Liaison Chair.