Katrina (Mandy) Oakham is Senior Lecturer, Journalism with the School of Media and Communications at RMIT.
Mandy Oakham is a senior journalist and columnist. Mandy has acted as a consultant to the Australian government and leading news organisations in both the United Kingdom (developing a professional training course for the Argus newspaper group) and in Australia (assisting in the development of The Age’s traineeship program) and she continues to act as an advisor to the Victorian Country Press Association. She is the editor of the book Don’t Bury the Lead and is a co-author of Reporting in a Multi Media World.
At RMIT Mandy has been course co-ordinator of a number of subject areas which include News Studies, Reporting and Newswriting, Advanced Print Reporting, Converged Newsroom.
Mandy has also supervised to completion Honours and Masters by Coursework students at RMIT and has acted as a secondary PhD supervisor.
- 2011: RMIT College of Design and Social Context Award for Teaching Excellence in Higher Education.
- 2011: RMIT School of Media and Communication - Dean’s award for outstanding contribution to teaching.
- 2010: RMIT School of Media and Communication - Dean’s award for outstanding contribution to research.
- 2007: Federal Government Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning.
- 2003: Australian Institute for Training Award for Innovation for HOTcopy, a virtual newsroom.
- 2001: Deakin University Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching
Mandy’s research interests focus around the theme of sociology of journalism with specific interests in newsroom culture and transformations in the role of journalists within societies, as well as the challenges presented to journalists by the massive digital, political and cultural transformations within those societies.
- PhD (Deakin University)
- MA London University
- BA Hons London University
- Oakham, M.,Curtis, M. (2015). Selling celebrity: the inherent tension between journalism and public relations in the production of celebrity profiles In: The Profiling Handbook, Abramis Academic Publishing, Bury St Edmonds, England.
- Oakham, K. (2013). He said, she said: the challenges to modern journalistic practice in covering climate change In: People and Planet 2013, Melbourne, Australia, 2-4 July 2013
- Oakham, K.,Singer, J. (2012). Release the kraken of professionalism down under: Australian journalism in denial In: Proceedings of the Annual International Conference on Journalism and Mass Communications (JMComm 2012), Singapore, 3-4 December 2012
- Alysen, B.,Oakham, K.,Patching, R.,Sedorkin, G. (2011). Reporting in a multimedia world, Allen & Unwin, Sydney Australia
- Oakham, K. (2009). Citizens at the gate: Securing the discipline base of journalism In: The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, 3, 59 - 65
- Lisa, W.,Oakham, K. (2009). The Carey 'king hit': journalists and the coverage of domestic violence In: Asia Pacific Media Educator, 1, 71 - 84
- Oakham, K.,Murrell, C. (2008). Gatekeepers: Going, going, gone - the challenge of citizen journalism to traditional practice In: Australian Journalism Review, 30, 11 - 21
- Oakham, K.,Kirby, B. (2008). Conversations with the public: The role of journalists and public relations practitioners in creating civil discourses in non-metropolitan settings In: Rural Society, 18, 95 - 102
- Oakham, K. (2008). Don't mention the war: Exploring the new battle lines in the development of journalism as a discipline In: Comparative Journalism Studies 2008, Tasmania, 25-27 June 2008
- Oakham, K.,Kirby, B. (2006). Feeding the chooks in the country: a study of media relations in two Victorian regional centres In: Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal, 7, 95 - 108