2015 JERAA Conference: Charles Sturt University, Batthust, 30 November -2 December. Email abstracts for papers and panels by 1 July 2015 to

2015 Jeanz Conference: Rebuilding Public Trust: Wellington, NZ, 17-18 December.

2016 World Journalism Education Congress: AUT, NZ,14-16 July (Ossies & AGM in Brisbane, Dec 2016)

2016 ANZCA Conference 6-8 July, Newcastle.

2017 JERAA Conference: University of Newcastle

2018 JERAA Conference: University of Tasmania

2019 JERAA Conference: James Cook University (TBC)

2020 JERAA Conference: RMIT University


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On World Press Freedom Day, the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA) applauds those who champion freedom of expression and support media around the world.

JERAA applauds champions of free speech

May 3 is World Press Freedom Day

On World Press Freedom Day, the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA) applauds those who champion freedom of expression and support media around the world. 

Journalists and other media workers play a pivotal role in developing and sustaining democratic, prosperous and just societies. Journalism acts as a watchdog over power, supports public processes and public life, mediates public debate, and airs the views and perspectives of different community constituents.

There are many forces that attempt to silence journalists around the world - political factions, business interests, criminal gangs, and terrorists, among others.

JERAA expresses praise and solidarity for those who persist in the struggle to create and circulate accurate and balanced media reports on issues of public importance in the face of obstacles, threats and harassment.

Most of the members of JERAA are university-based lecturers and researchers who, through teaching, research and community service, contribute to processes that support free, independent journalism.

In recognition on World Press Freedom JERAA calls on the Australian media and government to continue to raise awareness and seek solutions to these and other media freedom issues:

·       The Indonesian Government continues to ban foreign journalists from entering and reporting on events in its troubled West Papua provinces. Two French journalists were detained and held for 11 weeks by the Indonesian Government in 2014. They were released after being convicted of breaking immigration laws to report on unrest in the area. In a worrying new development the government of neighbouring Papua New Guinea appears to have been pressured to follow suit in restricting reporting about West Papua. In March 2015, PNG officials told journalists covering an official visit by Indonesian foreign minister Retno Marsudi not to ask questions about West Papua.

·       Alan Morison is an Australian journalist due to face trial in July in Thailand. He and his Thai colleague Chutima Sidasathien are facing a long jail term in Thailand for reprinting part of a controversial, award-winning article from Reuters about people smuggling.

·       While the release of Peter Greste from custody in Egypt was welcome news in February, the future of his colleagues Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed is far from secure as they are still facing trial.

JERAA also notes that in 2015 Australia was ranked 25th by the RSF Press Freedom Index, and was not awarded a higher rank because the National Security Legislation Amendment in October 2014 not only rendered the national security service immune from prosecution for a wide range of illegal activities but also imposed a blanket ban on coverage of its “special operations”, with imprisonment as the penalty for violators.  (Source:!/themes/national-security-spurious-grounds ). In addition the new data retention laws have raised concerns about the viability of shield law protection of journalist’s sources.


2015 JERAA Conference

The 2015 JERAA Conference, to be hosted by Charles Sturt University in Bathurst from 30 November to 2 December, will mark the 40th anniversary of our organisation.

Twelve journalism educators from across Australia met in December 1975 at the Mitchell College of Advanced Education, Bathurst, to form their own association. Initially, this organisation was known as the Australian Association for Tertiary Education in Journalism (AATEJ). The name was changed in 1980 to the Journalism Education Association (JEAA). Following a vote from members, the name was officially changed again on 1 August 2014 to the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA).

Contemporary JERAA Conferences bear little similarity to those of the AATEJ. JERAA Life Member Roger Patching notes that annual AATEJ conferences usually devoted less than a day to formal papers. Those papers concentrated on exchanging information about curricula, assignments, and relations with academics from other areas of study. Relationships with journalism employers, the Australian Journalists' Association and the profession were also on the agenda; as were exchanges of information about how to create a balance between theory and practice in journalism education.

The remainder of the conference was taken up by the annual meeting at which the contemporary issues of journalism education – often described in "reports" – were discussed at length. Assoc Prof Patching notes that the lengthy time dedicated to these discussions was due in part the differences among the courses. Speakers often gave detailed explanations about the structures and contents of their courses so that their reports could be understood by other members.


Members of JERAA work to:

  • Raise the standard of teaching in journalism.
  • Collect and disseminate information about journalism education.
  • Develop closer relations with the mass media and professional associations.
  • Promote the views of the association.
  • Foster research.
  • Promote freedom of expression and communication.

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Existing members can renew or check whether their membership is up to date via this link.



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