Associate Professor Phil Chubb launches his book, Power Failure.

Monash staff, students at Writers Festival

Associate Professor Phil Chubb's new book was the focus of a session at the Melbourne Writer's Festival.

The new book by Gold Walkley award-winning journalist Associate Professor Phil Chubb was the focus of a session on climate change politics, at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival.

Staff and students from the school of Media Film and Journalism have been heavily involved with the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Phil Chubb, head of journalism, addressed success and failure in climate change policies in an address about his new book Power Failure: The Inside Story of Climate Politics Under Rudd and Gillard.

Writer and PhD in Journalism student Tom Doig’s session focused on what writers and artists can do to highlight environmental concerns.

Tom was also part of a panel called Funemployed looking at the ups and downs of life as an artist, and in the first week of September he reflects on wanderlust in a Writers Victoria event called Other Places.

Communications and media studies lecturer Tony Moore (author of Dancing With Empty Pockets) co-led a tour of Melbourne’s bohemian writer haunts while award winning author and journalist Steve Lillebuen, who is completing his PhD in Journalism at Monash, chaired a panel on long-form storytelling.

Sixteen Monash journalism students from Honours and the unit Reporting Art & Culture, and their lecturers John Tebbutt and Andrea Baker were in the audience of the ABC TV’s Melbourne Writers Festival edition of the Q and A program, titled Team Australia, Terror and Tinderboxes.

This episode of the program featured political journalist and author Paul Kelly, author Elizabeth Pisani, former Foreign Minister and author Gareth Evans, and Iranian Australian novelist Ali Alizadeh.


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Associate Professor Mia Lindgren.

Associate Professor Mia Lindgren.

On behalf of my colleagues, we extend you a warm welcome to the School of Media, Film and Journalism (MFJ).

The School is renowned for its innovative teaching and research culture with strong performance in competitive grants and publications.

It has a particularly strong record in collaborative research with partners from government and industry, and staff in the School have leading roles in the Faculty of Arts’ Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage grants.

There are many opportunities to excel in the progressive programs offered in the School and we wish you well as you embark on your studies in this exciting era of educational excellence.

Associate Professor Mia Lindgren
Head of School

Mia Lindgren

MFJ equips students for fast-changing world

Associate Professor Mia Lindgren.

Associate Professor Mia Lindgren.

Welcome to the new School of Media, Film and Journalism, part of the Arts Faculty at Monash University.

MFJ is located at the Caulfield campus in Melbourne.

The school offers a comprehensive approach to learning and engaging with contemporary societies through Media and Communications, Film and Screen Studies and Journalism.

Our new school attracts outstanding and award-winning staff and students by combining cutting-edge media practice with the world-class research environment of a prestigious Group of Eight (Go8) university.

Our students graduate with a broad range of communication skills, critical thinking skills and agility that equip them to participate and thrive in a fast-changing world.

 Associate Professor Mia Lindgren
Head of Media, Film and Journalism

Investigations expert Bill Birnbauer.

Birnbauer awarded Vice Chancellor Special Commendation

Monash senior lecturer Bill Birnbauer

Monash senior lecturer Bill Birnbauer

Senior lecturer Bill Birnbauer has been awarded a Special Commendation from Monash University Vice Chancellor, Professor Ed Byrne, for his innovative work on the Dangerous Ground website.

The Special Commendation was awarded under the category of Vice Chancellor’s Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning 2013. 

The staff nominated for these awards represent Monash University’s highest level of excellence, innovation and best practice. 

Professor Byrne said the selection panel was “very impressed” with the work done on the site and that the nomination showed evidence of considerable achievement in learning and teaching. 

Mr Birnbauer said he was thrilled the Vice Chancellor and the selection committee recognised the contribution to student learning of the Dangerous Ground project.

“I also think it’s important to know that the university supports the production of quality journalism by students and journalism lecturers at a time when key media organisations are shedding experienced staff,” he said.

“Student journalism is adding to the pool of public information and I believe that universities have a civic duty to create informative content that professional journalists may not have the time or resources to do. 

“I also wanted to thank the many students who worked on stories and the Monash University’s Arts Online Presence Team that stabilised the site and fix technical issues as they arise.”

Dangerous Ground won a Monash Arts Faculty award, which was announced by the Dean, Rae Frances, and a Journalism Education Association of Australia Ossie award for convergent journalism.  

The Dangerous Ground program was devised as part of Mr Birnbauer’s  investigative reporting unit for Masters and undergraduate students.