Skip to content

Editorial Board

Dr Kayt Davies – Editor

Kayt Davies is a senior lecturer in journalism at Edith Cowan University. Initially trained as a cadet journalist in business news, she has worked for The West Australian, Visnews (London), and edited community newspapers and magazines. She has a BA (psych) honours, an M.Phil in English and Comparative Literature and her PhD was an ethnographic study of women’s magazine editors. She is editor-in-chief of 3rd Degree, ECU’s online student publication, and in 2009 she was awarded a Vice Chancellor’s citation and an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.

Alexandra Wake – Deputy Editor

Alex Wake is a journalism lecturer at RMIT and she has been a journalist for more than 20 years. She has worked for The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, The Mackay Mercury and The Star (Ireland) and spent seven years with the ABC in Queensland. She trained journalists at the South African Broadcasting Corporation and for three years was a journalism educator at Dubai Women’s College in the United Arab Emirates. Wake also spent three years as a senior media advisor for a Queensland government minister and she continues to work as an occasional editor and news reader at Radio Australia. She completed her MA (Research) at QUT, a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning at RMIT, and a Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults at Cambridge. She is now and enrolled in her PhD.

Professor Mark Pearson

Mark is Professor of Journalism at Bond University and Director of the Centre for New Media Research and Education. He has been a journalist for 30 years and has written for a range of publications, including The Australian, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Wall Street Journal, the Otago Daily Times and the Gold Coast Bulletin. He is the author of The Journalist’s Guide to Media Law (3rd ed, Allen & Unwin, 2007). From 2001-2002 he was Editor of the Australian Journalism Review, and is a past president of the Journalism Education Association. He is co-author of Breaking Into Journalism – Your guide to a career in journalism in Australia and New Zealand (Allen and Unwin, 1998 and co-author of the Australian Broadcasting Authority’s Sources of News and Current Affairs Project (ABA, 2001).

Professor Lynette Sheridan Burns

Lynette is Professor of Journalism and Head of the School of Communication Arts at the University of Western Sydney. Before joining UWS in 2002, she was Head of the Department of Communication and Media Arts at the University of Newcastle. Lynette has won numerous journalism awards as well as an Award for Excellence in Teaching (University of Newcastle) and The Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing. Her book, Understanding Journalism, was published in London in 2002, re-printed in New Delhi in 2003 and translated into Czech in 2005. She is a former president of the Journalism Education Association and a regular commentator on issues of media representation of social minorities.

Associate Professor Stephen Lamble

Stephen is Head of the School of Communication at the University of the Sunshine Coast. He founded and leads the University’s journalism program. He has worked as a photojournalist, sub-editor and editor of regional newspapers and is a former senior journalist and bureau chief with The Sunday Mail in Queensland. He has been the Queensland finalist in three categories of the Walkley Awards and he co-authoredThe Daily Miracle: An Introduction to Journalism (3rd edition) and Online Newsgathering: Research and Reporting for Journalism. In 2008 Stephen was awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning. In 2009 he was awarded his a Vice Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding Teaching. His PhD dealt with Computer-Assisted Reporting and Freedom of Information.

Bonita Mason

Bonita Mason is a journalism lecturer at Curtin University. She has published in books and magazines as a freelance journalist; worked as a media studies tutor at the University of Technology, Sydney; and as a researcher and assistant editor at the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism. Mason has also worked as a policy advisor and speechwriter for government and Aboriginal organisations, and as a media advisor and writer for Aboriginal organisations in the Kimberley. Her success as a journalist was recognised in 1997 with two national journalism awards. Mason has an MA in journalism (coursework) from UTS, and is working on an MA by thesis at the same university.

Dr Lawrie Zion

Lawrie Zion is a senior lecturer a La Trobe University where he co-ordinates the journalism programs, and is one of the co-ordinators of the Master of Global Communications degree. He is also editor-in-chief of an online magazine, upstart (, which showcases student writing. After graduating in History from the University of Melbourne, he completed a PhD at Monash examining the pop music scene in Australia during the 1960s.  He worked for nine years at ABC radio (Triple J). From 2004 to 2006 he was the film writer for The Australian, and he has written for The Age, Hollywood Reporter, and Rolling Stone Australia.  More recently he wrote a documentary about the Australian accent called The Sounds of Aus, which won the 2008 Chicago Hugo prize for best international documentary.

Associate Professor David Robie

David works with postgraduate students and is director of the Pacific Media Centre at the AUT University. He holds a PhD in History/Politics from the University of the South Pacific, Fiji, where he ran a regional journalism programme. As a journalist, David has reported insurgencies in Africa, Philippines and the Pacific. He was a reporter on board the bombed environmental ship Rainbow Warrior. He was the 1999 Australian Press Council Fellow and 2005 PIMA Pacific Media Freedom Award winner. He has been a convenor of Pacific Media Watch for 14 years and the PMW database is now hosted at AUT University. He is also founding editor of the Pacific Journalism Review research journal and he has written several books on Pacific media, political struggle and human rights. His teaching currently includes a postgraduate Asia-Pacific Journalism paper, the first of its kind at a New Zealand university, and Pacific Scoop, established as a regional outlet for journalism students and commentators.

%d bloggers like this: