Alex is a senior lecturer at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, but she still considers herself a journalist after starting as a cadet reporter at a newspaper in regional Australia 30 years ago.
Initially trained in print, Alex has adapted to other technologies and now boasts a career spanning radio, television and on-line with a special interest in international reporting. She has lived and worked in Ireland, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, as well as Australia. While working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Alex spent time training journalists at the South African Broadcasting Corporation. She also spent three years as a journalism educator at Dubai Women's College in the United Arab Emirates. Alex still works as freelance journalist and news reader when her teaching and research activities allow.
Many of Alex's research and teaching projects are aimed at improving the understanding of journalists working with people from other other cultures and improving the portrayal of multicultural and Indigenous Australian groups in the media. Her work acknowledges the value to society of journalists reporting upon traumatic events, and is concerned that media professionals are actively encouraged to protect their mental health while working on these stories.
Alex completed her PhD, Aiding journalism: Australian journalism educators and their work in post conflict states, at Deakin University and wrote a thesis Measuring the success of ABC training in South Africa: a case study in the production of western liberal broadcast news values for her Master of Arts (Research) at Queensland University of Technology. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning from RMIT University, and a Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults from Cambridge.
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
3 PhD Current Supervisions and 1 Masters by Research Current Supervisions