Meet our team


Director Margaret Simons

Dr Margaret Simons is Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism (CAJ) and the coordinator of the Master of Journalism at The University of Melbourne. In 2015, she won the Walkley Award for Social Equity Journalism. Her recent books include Six Square Metres (Scribe), Self-Made Man: The Kerry Stokes Story (Penquin), What's Next in Journalism?, Journalism at the Crossroads (both Scribe) and the book Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs co-written with former Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Fraser (The Miegunyah Press). The latter won both the Book of the Year and the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2011. In addition to her academic work, Margaret regularly writes for The Saturday Paper, The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Griffith Review, The Monthly and other publications.

Phone: +61 3 8344 7640

Editor, The Citizen

Editor, The Citizen Simon Mann

Simon Mann is the editor of The Citizen. Launched in 2013, The Citizen showcases the work of students in the Master of Journalism program, as well as the Centre's research efforts. A journalist for more than 30 years, Mann has held a series of senior reporting and editing roles at The Age, and is a two-time foreign correspondent having been based in Europe and, more recently, Washington DC. He was awarded the Walkley Award for international journalism in 1999 for his coverage of the war in Kosovo and refugee crisis in the neighbouring Balkan states.

Phone: +61 3 9035 4037

Editorial Assistant, The Citizen

Jennifer Martin

Jennifer Martin is the Editorial Assistant at The Citizen, the Centre's online publication. She also helps teach students the art of writing news in the Master of Journalism program. Jennifer lectures on media writing in the Department of Media and Communications and is currently undertaking a PhD in journalism. She has more than 20 years media experience across print, broadcast and online publications and won a United Nations Association Media Peace Award for a radio feature on East Timor.

Phone: +61 3 9035 9600

Senior Lecturer

Dr Denis Muller

Dr Denis Muller is a leading expert on media ethics and worked as a journalist for 27 years including Assistant Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald and Associate Editor at The Age. Since 1995 he has conducted independent social and policy research across education, health, environment and media fields. Dr Muller teaches media ethics and is the author of Media Ethics and Disasters. His most recent publication is Journalism Ethics for the Digital Age. Together with Michael Gawenda, Dr Muller has been conducting the Centre's research into how the media covered the Black Saturday Bushfires and the second stage of this project, consulting with bushfire-affected communities about their experiences with the media. Denis is also Fellow at the Centre.

Dr Muller teaches Dilemmas in Journalism for the Master of Journalism.

Phone: +61 3 8344 9439

Teaching Assistant

Elyas KhanElyas Khan is the Teaching Assistant for the Centre for Advancing Journalism's MOOC 'Journalism Skills for Engaged Citizens'. He has a background in engineering and his research interests lie at the intersection of journalism and technology, including computational and structured journalism, fact-checking, crowdsourcing and social media. Elyas holds a Master of Journalism from the University of Melbourne and a Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Mechatronics from the University of Auckland. His writing has been published in the Herald Sun, The Citizen and Crikey.

Research Fellows

Andrea Carson

Dr Andrea Carson is a lecturer in Media and Politics at the University of Melbourne. Her main research areas are the relationship between news media and democracy; the role of investigative journalism; and political communication.

Andrea was previously a news journalist at The Age and has worked as a reporter, producer and broadcaster in radio (ABC 774, 3RRR) television (7.30 Report) and online (The Age, ABC). Before commencing her PhD, Andrea produced ABC 774's morning radio program with Jon Faine. She regularly contributes opinion pieces to The Age, The Conversation, The Drum, New Matilda, Crikey, The Citizen and has a regular guest commentator role on air at ABC 774.


Dr David NolanDr 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.

Among his current research projects is work that focuses on the problem of understanding contemporary change in journalism in an historical light; critical analysis of media transformation in contemporary China; and the role performed by media in the politics and practice of contemporary humanitarianism.

David also recently led a CAJ research project focussing, through critical media analysis and a practically oriented intervention, on the question of how media representations of Sudanese Australians might be improved. His work has been publishesd in numerous leading international journals, and he is also on the editorial board of the journal Communication, Politics and Culture.


Honorary Fellows

Dr Gael Jennings

Dr Gael Jennings is an award winning national TV and radio broadcaster with 25 years' experience as presenter, reporter and TV executive. She was the ABC's first national science and medical reporter for TV News, and for the 7.30 Report, presenter of Victoria's 7.30 Report, reporter of ABC TV's Quantum and Catalyst, host of ABC radio 774's mid-morning and afternoon programs, presenter of the weekly studio-based television current affairs program "Insight" on SBS, and a development producer with ABC TV in the commissioning process for factual content. She is an award-winning author of 2 non-fiction books and is a regular commentator on ABC TV News Breakfast and 774 ABC radio.

Phone: +61 3 9035 7945 

Fellow Michael Gawenda

Michael Gawenda, AM is one of Australia's best known journalists and authors. In a journalism career spanning three decades, Michael has been a political reporter, a foreign correspondent based in London and in Washington, a columnist, a feature writer, a senior editor at Time magazine and the Editor-in-Chief of The Age in Melbourne from 1997 to 2004. He has won numerous journalism awards including three Walkley awards for his work. Michael was the inaugural Director of CAJ and remains as a Fellow at the Centre.

In June 2014, Michael was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for his service to the print media industry and his work to advance professional education and development.

Mobile: 0421 238 922

Ramona Koval

Ramona Koval is a writer, broadcaster, journalist and editor. Her latest book is Bloodhound: Searching for my Father, published by Text, a non-fiction exploration of identity, genetics, evidence, history and the search for stories. She is currently writing a series of political interviews for The Saturday Paper.

She presented The Book Show on ABC Radio National for six years, and before that, Books and Writing for thirteen years. She has written for newspapers and international journals, and her interviews published in book form. Speaking Volumes: Conversations with Remarkable Writers was published by Scribe books to enthusiastic reviews, and translated into Chinese and Portugese. She was the editor of The Best Australian Essays, published by Black Inc. She was the Staff-Elected Director on the Board of the ABC from 2002-2008. Ramona Koval's other books include: By the Book: A Reader's Guide to Life, Samovar, and Jewish Cooking, Jewish Cooks. 

Ramona is an active participant in Australian literary festivals, and has been invited to take part in festivals in Edinburgh, Montreal, Cheltenham, Wellington and Berlin. She has judged the radio section of the Walkley Awards twice, and been a judge of non-fiction for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards twice, once as chair of the committee.

Jim MiddletonJim Middleton is Vice-Chancellor's Fellow at The University of Melbourne, based at the Centre for Advancing Journalism. He has been reporting national and international affairs since 1970, first for the ABC and now as a correspondent for Sky News.

For two decades, Jim was ABC Political Editor in Canberra covering Prime Ministers Hawke, Keating and Howard. He was ABC North America correspondent in New York and Washington from 1980-1986.

Jim has reported from every country in North, South and Southeast Asia, except North Korea. From 2008 to 2014 he presented Newsline and The World, broadcasting to and from Asia on the Australia Network. From 2008 until 2015 he was a member of the board of the Australia-Thailand Institute for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Journalism Fellow

Loni Cooper Loni Cooper is a journalist with more than ten years' experience in radio and television. She has spent the past three years working as a researcher on ABCTV's Media Watch and is currently a producer and presenter with ABC NewsRadio. Her work has been published in the Sydney Morning Herald, New Matilda and the Prague Post.

Loni is establishing a website as part of a Centre for Advancing Journalism-led ARC-funded research project into Australian media coverage of violence against women.

Research Assistants

Annie BlatchfordAnnie Blatchford is Research Assistant on the 'Violence against women: a media intervention' project based out of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. She has also worked on other CAJ research projects including 'Attitudes to Asylum Seekers and Refugees'. With a Bachelor of Laws and Communications she is now completing her Master of Journalism at the CAJ, in which she wrote a minor thesis on the 'Impact of the EliminatingViolence Against Women Awards'. She has also had work published in The Citizen.


Jack LatimoreJack Latimore is Indigenous Research Cadet at the Centre for Advancing Journalism. He is a journalist, videographer and short fiction writer. His work has appeared in print and broadcast. He has worked for the ABC, the Guardian Australia and the University of Melbourne.

The Citizen Cadet

Kate StantonKate Stanton is a full-time journalist with The Citizen and the recipient of the 2016 Schiavon Cadetship. She is also a Melbourne-based writer and Master of Journalism alumna. She has published work with The Citizen, BBC News, The Age, Sunday Life, United Press International and PBS NewsHour.

Program and Communications Coordinator

Kymberlyn Olsen is the Program and Communications Coordinator at the Centre for Advancing Journalism.

Phone: +61 3 8344 3209

Teaching staff profiles

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