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
- 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
- Bahfen, N.,Wake, A. (2011). Media diversity rules: analysing the talent chosen by student radio journalists covering Islam In: Pacific Journalism Review, 17, 92 - 108
- Bahfen, N.,Wake, A. (2011). Creating radio waves: Lessons from a content analysis of diversity in student community radio news In: Australian Journalism Review, 33, 97 - 109
- Wake, A. (2010). Snap and crackle goes pop: A case study of the provision of mobile, digital, shortwave and FM news and current affairs broadcast and published by Radio Australia in 2009 In: Proceedings of the World Journalism Congress: Journalism Education in an Age of Radical Change, South Africa, 5-7 July 2010
- Wake, A. (2010). Wiki works: Developing new modes of delivery for journalism students In: Asia Pacific Media Educator, 1, 81 - 90