011 – Dangerous Journalism

May 2017


Kay Nankervis (Charles Sturt University)
Isabel Fox (Charles Sturt University)
Margaret Van Heekeren (University of Sydney)


In December 2015 more than eighty journalists, journalism academics and other scholars gathered at the campus of Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst for a conference marking forty years since the establishment of what is now the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA).

Foundation member Rod Kirkpatrick reminded the gathering that he drove in December 1975 from Toowoomba’s then Darling Downs Institute to meet other journalism educators at Mitchell College of Advanced Education (now CSU’s Bathurst campus). It was then and there that the Australian Association for Tertiary Education in Journalism was formed – soon to become the Journalism Education Association (JEA) and more recently, JERAA.

By the 1990s JEA meetings had become annual research and education conferences where the growing number of Australian journalism academics shared insights and practice with their scholarly community. In 2015, the 40 year commemoration conference of the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia at Charles Sturt University explored the theme “Dangerous Journalism”, to reflect the profession’s role, fate and risks within a sometimes unsafe, terrorised world and a radically altering journalism landscape.

Numerous conference presentations addressed this theme in different, inventive ways; this fusion issue showcases a selection of the exciting research and education practice unveiled over the three day gathering.

Table of Contents

Editor’s Notes: Dangerous Journalism – Who’s at risk? – Kay Nankervis


Journalism in the Crosshairs: The Islamic State’s exploitation of western media practice – Kasun Ubayasiri

The Change Makers Project: A service learning approach to journalism education in Australia – Scott Downman and Richard Murray

The Ethical Dilemmas of Writing about Family Following a Traumatic Incident – Stephen Tanner

Trauma Exposure in Journalists: A systematic literature review – Jasmine B. MacDonald, Gene Hodgins and Anthony J. Saliba

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