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Hackademia: Where Theory and Practice Collide


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There are a number of ways in which the worlds of journalism and academia overlap. Our team of ‘hackademics’ – journalists slash academics – discuss how the conclusions of their research can inform the direction of the media industry at a time of great uncertainty.

They’ll also outline how journalism and media studies can influence research in other disciplines. As well as researching, our hackademics teach skills to the next generation of journalists. They’ll discuss the benefits and challenges of a world where university courses are replacing traditional cadetships as pathways into mainstream media organisations.

Hosted by Andrew Dodd with Sally Young, Scott Wright, David Nolan, Jock Given and Margaret Simons.


Andrew Dodd

Andrew Dodd is the director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism at the University of Melbourne. He has been a journalist for more than 25 years, working in radio, TV, print and online.  He was a broadcaster at ABC Radio National, where he presented many of the network’s programs and founded th... Read more

Margaret Simons

Margaret Simons is Associate Professor in the School of Media, Film and Journalism, Monash University. In 2015, she won the Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism. Her recent books include Six Square Metres, Self-Made Man: The Kerry Stokes Story, What’s Next in Journalism?, Journalism at ... Read more

Sally Young

Sally Young is an Associate Professor in Political Science and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She has published widely in the areas of Australian politics, Australian media, political communication and journalism studies, including as the author of How A... Read more

David Nolan

David Nolan is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications. His work focuses on journalism studies and the changing role played by media in social and political relations. He recently led a Centre for Advancing Journalism research project focussing on the question of how media representations of Su... Read more

Jock Given

Jock Given researches, writes and teaches about media and communications policy, business, law and history. He writes regularly for Inside Story and his radio documentaries ‘Crawfords: Television for the People’ and ‘Empire State: Ernest Fisk and the World Wide Wireless’... Read more

Scott Wright

Scott Wright is Senior Lecturer in Political Communication and a former Mid-Career Fellow of the British Academy. His research interests include everyday political talk, below the line comment fields and data journalism. Scott has published widely in leading international journals including Politica... Read more


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