Matthew Ricketson


Matthew Ricketson is an academic and journalist. He is head of the Communication group at Deakin University. Before that, he was inaugural professor of journalism at the University of Canberra between 2009 and 2017. For three years before that he was Media and Communications Editor for The Age. He ran the Journalism program at RMIT for 11 years and has worked on staff at The Australian and Time Australia, among other publications. He is the author of a biography of Australian author, Paul Jennings, a textbook about feature writing and "Telling True Stories: Navigating the challenges of writing narrative non-fiction". He has edited a collection of profile articles and "Australian Journalism Today". In 2011 he was appointed to assist former Federal Court judge, Ray Finkelstein QC, in the Independent Media Inquiry which reported to the federal government in 2012. He is a chief investigator in two Australian Research Council grants which are examining the impact of largescale newsroom redundancies on journalists and more broadly on the future of journalism. He was co-guest editor, with Sue Joseph, of a themed section about literary journalism in the December 2015 issue of Australian Journalism Review. He is president of the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia and chair of the board of directors for the Dart Centre Asia-Pacific. He is the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance’s representative on the Australian Press Council.

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