Alexandra Wake has been a journalist for 25 years. Although initially trained in print, she has adapted to other technologies and now boasts a career spanning radio, television and online.
Alex has worked in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates, and has worked for three newspapers: The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, the Mackay Mercury and The Star (Ireland). Alex spent seven years working for the ABC in Queensland, trained working journalists at the South African Broadcasting Corporation and spent three years as a journalism educator at Dubai Women’s College in the United Arab Emirates. She also spent three years working as a senior media advisor for a Queensland government minister. Alex still works as freelance editor and news reader at Radio Australia (the ABC’s international broadcaster).
Alex completed her MA (Research) at QUT, holds a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning from RMIT, and a Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults from Cambridge. She is currently enrolled in her PhD at Deakin University looking at journalism education conducted by Australians and New Zealanders.
Wake Alexandra, and Ricketson, M, 2012. Teaching Notes. Dart Centre DVD Getting it Right.
Alex’s research interests include:
- Democracy and journalism education
- The portrayal of multicultural and indigenous groups in the media
- The reportage of suicide and mental health issues
- The impact of covering traumatic stories on both reporters and the public.
Alex’s PhD looks at how the personal interpretation of democracy by a journalism educator impacts on their ability to train new journalists in emerging democracies. She is particularly interested in new ways of teaching journalism.
Asia Pacific 2011 Dart Center Academic Fellowship, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City.
Blog site: journoedu.blogspot.com.au
- Wake, A. (2016). Distant, disconnected and in danger: Are educators doing enough to prepare students for frontline freelance risks? In: Pacific Journalism Review, 22, 52 - 73
- Wake, A.,Bahfen, N. (2016). Redefining radio: Implications for journalism education in an era of digital audio storytelling. In: Radio Journal: International Studies In Broadcast & Audio Media, 14, 231 - 242
- Wake, A.,Sison, M.,Muir, R. (2016). 'Global Work Ready': Enhancing employability through resourced international internships In: WIL 2020: Pushing the boundaries - Proceedings of the 2016 ACEN National Conference, Sydney, Australia, 28-30 September 2016
- Wake, A.,Farrer, G. (2016). What is journalism for? Call for journalism educators to think beyond industry practice In: Asia Pacific Media Educator, 26, 1 - 12
- Wake, A. (2016). Journalism training aid by Australians: A case study in Solomon Islands In: Pacific Journalism Review, 22, 35 - 48
- Bahfen, N.,Wake, A. (2015). Tweeting, friending, reporting: Social media use among journalism academics, students and graduates in the Asia-Pacific In: Pacific Journalism Review, 21, 173 - 184
- Wake, A. (2013). Alexandra Wake, Portfolio of Works on The Conversation Between 2012 and 2013 In: The Conversation
- Machlin, A.,Skehan, J.,Sweet, M.,Wake, A.,Fletcher, J.,Spittal, M.,Pirkis, J. (2012). Reporting suicide: Interpreting media guidelines In: Australian Journalism Review, 34, 45 - 56
- Wake, A. (2012). Challenges in internationalizing radio journalism course content In: Asia Pacific Media Educator, 22, 151 - 164
- Wake, A. (2012). Radio Portfolio In: ABC's international broadcaster Radio Australia Australia
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