Alexandra Wake

Dr Alexandra Wake

Programs Manager, Journalism

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Contact details

   DSCSchool of Media and Communication


  ECP Social Change

  ECP Urban Futures


  Emailalex.wake@rmit.edu.au


    Phone: +61 39925 9749


   Campus: Melbourne City


Programs

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Profile photo of Alexandra Wake facing an angle and smiling towards the camera. She is wearing glasses

Contact details

   DSCSchool of Media and Communication


  ECP Social Change


  ECP Urban Futures


  Emailalex.wake@rmit.edu.au


    Phone: +61 39925 9749


   Campus: Melbourne City


Programs

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Dr Alexandra Wake is an active leader, educator and researcher in journalism. Her work sits at the nexus of journalism practice, journalism education, equality, diversity and mental health.

Overview

Alexandra Wake is an associate professor in journalism and currently serving as the programs manager for the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) and the Graduate Diploma in Journalism.

Dr Wake has taught journalism at RMIT, Deakin University, Dubai Women’s College, and was a trainer on international aid projects including at the South African Broadcasting Corporation.

Dr Wake has been an education advisor for Mindframe for Journalists since 2012 and was a Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma Academic Fellow in 2011.

She is also part of the team of researchers in "The International UNESCO UniTWIN Network on Gender, Media and ICTs" promoting and developing international co-participative projects together with the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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Industry experience

Before turning full time to the academy, she spent decades working for broadcast and print international news agencies in Australia, the Asia Pacific and the Middle East.

Dr Wake has worked for the ABC, ABC Radio Australia, ABC Australia Pacific, Australian Provisional Newspapers, Independent Newspapers (Ireland) and has written extensively for a range of publications including The Conversation.

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Research

Research output summary

57

Publications

8

Projects

3

Awards

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Supervisor interest areas

  • Journalism
  • Journalism education
  • International journalism
  • Journalism education as foreign aid
  • Journalism practice
  • Journalism and trauma
  • Journalism and suicide

Supervisor projects

  • Beyond the news: the human interest story and a community-focussed video documentary practice
  • Ideological Polarization and Post-truth Politics: Digital Media as a Modern Warfare Tool
  • News Satire: bridging the gaps between traditional journalism and a new media

Feature publications

Press Freedom and the Global Economy: The Cost of Slipping Backwards

Journalism Studies, 22, 399 - 417

Nguyen, J., Valadkhani, A., Nguyen, A., Wake, A. (2021).

Blessed be the educated journalist: Reflections on a religious literacy gap in the field of journalism

Australian Journalism Review, 43, 81 - 87

Weng, E., Wake, A. (2021).

Listening Circles Provide Model for Students in Disrupted Journalism Industry

Enriching Higher Education Students’ Learning through Post-work Placement Interventions, Springer Nature, Cham.

Wake, A. (2020).

Key publications by year

  • Ross, A., Morgan, A., Wake, A., Jorm, A., Reavley, N. (2021). Key stakeholders’ recommendations for improving Australian news media reporting of people with severe mental illness, violence and crime In: Advances in Mental Health, 75, 75 - 80
  • Ross, A., Morgan, A., Wake, A., Jorm, A., Reavley, N. (2021). (In Press) Pilot trial of a media intervention with journalism students on news reporting of mental illness in the context of violence and crime In: Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 1 - 12
  • Wake, A. (2021). In conversation with Maria Ressa. Australian Journalism Review, 43(2), 161–167.
  • Ross, T., Wake, A., Colisson, P. (2020). Stereotyping and Profiling In: Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 75, 75 - 80
  • Wake, A., O'Halloran, K., Finn, F., Gurrieri, L., French, L. (2020). ‘Australia’. In Global Alliance on Media and Gender, Bejing +25: Country Reports by GAMAG members assessing progress, gaps and opportunities on gender, media and ICTs. In: Global Alliance on Media and Gender (GAMAG) online
  • Wake, A., Fox, K., Strong, C. (2020). Pandemic Podcasting: From Classroom to Bedroom In: Teaching Journalism & Mass Communication, 10, 29 - 33
  • Wake, A., Martin, F., Backhaus, B. (2020). A new ERA? The changing face of journalism research in Australia In: Australian Journalism Review, 42, 37 - 58
  • Ross, A., Morgan, A., Wake, A., Jorm, A., Reavley, N. (2020). Guidelines for news media reporting on mental illness in the context of violence and crime: A delphi consensus study In: Australian Journalism Review, 42, 293 - 311
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Feature projects

Brave New Worlds of Broadcasting

Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia

2018 - 2022

Fact Checking and Verification as Core Journalism Curriculum

UNESCO - World Journalism Education Council

2021 - 2022

Key projects

Current topics/projects include:

  • Energy poverty and wellbeing with S. Awaworyi Churchill
  • Economic aspects of longevity with J. Fry
  • Consumption of risky products (alcohol and tobacco) with S. Awaworyi Churchill
  • Economics of Indigenous Art Markets with T.R.L. Fry and J. Fry
  • Innovative Practices for Supporting and Promoting Academic Staff Wellbeing in the Higher Education Sector with A Dobele
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Awards

Academic Fellow, Dart Centre for Journalism and Trauma (Asia Pacific), Columbia

Recipients: Alexandra Wake

University Graduate School of Journalism, New York City

Recipients: Alexandra Wake

Key awards by year

  • 2021 Commendation, Media Star Award (Design and Social Context), RMIT University
  • 2020 Dean’s Award for Award for Indigenous Engagement
  • 2020 Dean’s Award for Program for Impact and Engagement
  • 2020 Commendation, Media Star Award (Design and Social Context), RMIT University
  • 2018 Top Performer, Media Star Award (Design and Social Context), RMIT University
  • 2017 Media Star Award (Design and Social Context), RMIT University.
  • 2015 RMIT University Teaching Award for Programs that Enhance Learning (Graduate Outcomes).
  • 2015 Long-listed for a Walkley Grant for Innovations in Journalism, from the national association of Australian journalists the MEAA.
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Public and media engagements

2022

2021

2020

2019

2018

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.