Teaching Staff

  • Dr Deb Anderson

    Dr Deb Anderson is coordinator of the Journalism master’s program and teaches the core unit Journalism in Society. Deb’s journalism career before joining Monash was as a features writer and sub-editor at The Age in Melbourne and Sydney Morning Herald. She also had extensive journalism and production experience both in Australia and abroad.

  • 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.

  • Margaret Simons is an award-winning journalist with extensive experience in journalism research and teaching. She was the founding chair and remains a board member of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation, which was established in 2009 at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research to promote and enable innovation in public interest journalism.

    Associate Prof Simons is the author of 13 books. Her co-authored biography, Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs (2010), won both the Book of the Year and the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2011. Her unauthorised biography Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man was published by Penguin in 2013, nominated for best non-fiction book at the 2014 Walkley Awards, and won the history prize in the WA Premier’s Literary Awards.

  • Stephanie Brookes is Lecturer in Journalism in the School of Media, Film and Journalism, 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 Australian and United States political communication, news media coverage of politics, celebrity politics, and humanitarian and development journalism in the Asia-Pacific. She has published widely in these areas, and is the author of Politics, Media and Campaign Language: Australia’s Identity Anxiety (Anthem Press, 2017).

  • Dr Colleen Murrell researches international newsgathering, transnational television broadcasting, social media newsgathering, global news agencies and terrorism coverage. She is the author of the book ‘Foreign Correspondents and International Newsgathering: The Role of Fixers’ published by Routledge in 2015.

    Colleen is widely published in national and international journals. She has been the recipient of competitive visiting research fellowships at the London School of Economics and Political Science, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and City University in London. She is co-secretary of the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA) and has been a judge for the United Nations Media Awards since 2008.

  • Julie 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).

    Julie was a member of the Herald Sun Online team that won a Walkley Award for Outstanding Continuous Coverage of an Issue or Event for its coverage of the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009.

    Julie reported at the 2004 Athens Olympics and was awarded the 2004 ASCTA print media award for swimming.  In 2003, Julie won the Commonwealth Sports Award for her contribution to sports journalism.

    A qualified educator, Julie has taught journalism since 2006. She was a News Corp teacher of journalists for seven years. Julie is the School of Media, Film and Journalism’s Website Coordinator and Journalism’s Internship Coordinator.

  • 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.