Jill Singer is a lecturer in journalism in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT.
Jill is also the coordinator of the undergraduate and postgraduate television journalism courses, the selection officer for the Graduate Diploma of Journalism and the academic advisor for second year journalism undergraduates.
Jill is a prominent award-winning journalist with close to 30 years' experience in the broadcast industry. Jill’s experience is as extensive behind the microphone and camera as it is in front. Her portfolio of work extends across all media platforms including print, online, radio and television and includes research, reporting, production, presentation and program design as well as non-fiction book and scholarly publications.
Jill’s private media consultancy has serviced clients from major business leaders to senior politicians and NGOs.
Walkley Award – Best investigative journalism (ABCTV Baby M) 1992
Quill Award – Highly commended: opinion and commentary (Herald Sun News ltd) 1997
Quill Award – Best television current affairs (ABCTV Exxon safety) 1999
Quill Award – Best television current affairs (ABCTV Domestic Violence) 2010
Public lectures include:
- Taking Liberties: Free speech in the age of terrorism (Liberty Victoria)
- Is Multiculturalism Dead? (Cultural Perspectives & SBS Radio)
- Generation Y – Is the Business World Ready for Them? (Melbourne Business Festival)
- Unravelling Melbourne Style (City of Melbourne)
- The End of Free Will: My Biology Made Me Do It (New Scientist magazine)
- Future Melbourne: Urban Consolidation (University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria)
- The Price of Free Speech (LaTrobe Politics Society)
- Business Ethics (Oxfam Community Aid Abroad)
- Developed and launched ABCTV’s first, national breakfast news program
- Researched, reported, produced and presented numerous television documentary current affairs reports for ABCTV including:
- Clean Cuisine – Organic and Biodynamic Farming An investigation into the regulation of farming practices across Australia and New Zealand.
- HIVAids & Australia’s Blood Supply – An investigation into the adequacy of the Red Cross’s monitoring of safety standards and the legal implications for those infected by blood transfusions.
- Chemical Castration & Paedophilia – An expose into the lack of research into and treatment of paedophilia.
- Baby M: Ethics and the medical treatment of severely sick or disabled newborns – An award winning report into a controversial case which pitted Right-To-Life against grieving parents and the doctors who treated their dying newborn baby.
- RSPCA Murder: The Prosecution of Len Squires – An in-depth examination of police procedures in a high-profile murder investigation.
- EXXON: Behind the Longford Gas Explosion – An award-winning expose of Exxon’s use of legal privilege as a shield for proper investigation of major industrial accidents.
Jill is also listed as an RMIT Media Expert on media, marketing and advertising.
Currently researching the commercial surrogacy industry with a focus on media portrayal of the buyers and sellers of reproductive services.
- Bachelor of Science (Immunology & Genetics)
- Graduate Certificate of Tertiary Teaching & Learning
- PhD candidate
- 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
- Singer, J.,Whitehead, L. (2010). Domestic Violence In: The 7.30 Report ABCTV Australia