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Honorary appointments

Professorial Fellow


Wendy Bacon is a Professorial Fellow attached to the Australian Centre for Independent  Journalism. She is currently a contributing editor to the online publication New Matilda.


 In 2013, the ACIJ published the second of two reports by her on the media coverage of climate change


In 2013, with Jenna Price, Julie Posetti and Elise Daily she also published an investigation into Women in the Media 

Wendy Bacon worked at the University of Technology, Sydney for 21 years and was Head of the Department of Journalism, Information and Media Studies.  She is on the Board of the Pacific Media Centre based at the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand and edits a section for the Pacific Journalism Review Frontline which links practice based journalism research (especially in-depth, investigative and computer assisted journalism) with journalism studies.

Before coming to UTS, she worked for Fairfax Media, SBS and Channel Nine as a reporter. 


She continues to practice as a freelance journalist an is engaged in investigating a miscarriage of justice involved the case of Roseanne Beckett. She has a long history of social activism especially around issues of censorship and access to information. 


Past Associates

John Connell

John Connell is an award winning Irish born journalist, author and creative media producer.

Dr Dianne Johnson

Dr Dianne Johnson, author and athropologist, passed away in 2012. She had been a honorary associate of UTS since 2006. Any enquiries for Dr Johnson, please contact ACIJ Manager on 9514 2295 or acijmanager@uts.edu.au

Her publications included two published by the ACIJ. These were:

  • Mandatory Injustice: Compulsory Imprisonment in the Northern Territory, (co-authored with George Zdenkowski) University of Technology, Sydney, 2000.
  • Sacred Waters: the story of the Blue Mountains Gully Traditional Owners, Halstead Press, Sydney, 2006

Antony Loewenstein

Antony Loewenstein is a freelance journalist, author and blogger. He has written for The Guardian, Haaretz, The Washington Post, Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, Sydney’s Sun-Herald, ZNet, The Big Issue, Crikey, CounterPunch and others.

He is a board member of Macquarie University’s Centre for Middle East and North African Studies and appears regularly on radio, in public and at universities in Australia and overseas (including Harvard) discussing current affairs and politics.

A contributor to Not Happy, John (2004), a bestseller on the controversy over the awarding of the Sydney Peace Prize to Hanan Ashrawi and To A Time to Speak Out (2008), on the rise of global Jewish dissent, Antony is also the co-founder of Independent Australian Jewish Voices.

His 2008 book The Blogging Revolution is about the internet in repressive regimes. His bestseller on the Israel/Palestine conflict, My Israel Question (1st edn, 2006; 2nd edn 2007), was re-released in 2009 in a fully updated third edition. He co-edited with Ahmed Moor After Zionism - One State for Israel and Palestine (2012).

His most recent book is Profits of Doom How vulture capitalism is swallowing the world (2013).

Any enquiries for Antony Loewenstein, please contact Antony through his website http://antonyloewenstein.com (opens an external site) or via the ACIJ Manager on 9514 2295 or acijmanager@uts.edu.au

Paddy Manning

Paddy Manning, Business Editor Crikey, has also held senior roles at Fairfax, including Senior Business Writer and the National Chief of Staff. He was the founding publisher and editor of Ethical Investor magazine in 2000-2002.  Paddy has won various categories of the Citigroup Awards for Excellence in Journalism in 2006, 2009 and 2012 and was Highly Commended in the 2010 Walkley Awards for Business Journalism for an investigation titled The Clean Coal Myth. Author of What the Frack: Everything You Need to Know About Coal Seam Gas (New South Publishing 2012) and Boganaire The Rise and Fall of Nathan Tinkler (Penguin 2013).  Any enquiries please contact acijmanager@uts.edu.au

Olivier Pollet

Olivier Pollet is a young french journalist and video producer, passionate about human rights, the environment and development issues. After studying English in the United States and History and Anthropology at the University of Nanterre in Paris, Olivier Pollet completed his Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. His investigative documentary film Canning Paradise won the 1st Special Jury Prize at the Pacific International Documentary Film Festival 2012. For more information and to view the trailer www.canningparadise.com

Dr Anna Salleh

Dr Anna Salleh is a science journalist with experience in print, television and radio. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Sydney, a Masters in Journalism from UTS and a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from the University of Wollongong. Any enquiries for Dr Salleh, please contact her directly on anna.salleh@alumni.uts.edu.au

Dr Kasun Ubayasiri

Dr Kasun Ubayasiri is a Sri Lankan born Australian Journalist and media academic. He currently teaches Journalism at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Dr Ubayasiri’s research and professional interests include the role of media in counter insurgency (COIN), reportage of armed conflict, photo-journalism and journalism in the cyber age.

Louise Williams

Louise Williams in an award-winning writer, journalist and editorial consultant with decades of high level experience in Australia and internationally. As a former foreign correspondent, columnist, and foreign editor for Fairfax Media, she has a deep understanding of local, national and international issues. She spent more than a decade as a foreign correspondent for the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Melbourne, based in Manila, Bangkok and Jakarta, winning a Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Citibank Pan Asia Journalism Award (in conjunction with Columbia University).

She has also written and contributed to a number of books and was the recipient of an Australia Council Asia Pacific Writers' Fellowship. Her most recent book is an historical investigation into the fate of her uncle, WW2 Squadron Leader John “Willy” Williams, one of the leaders of the famous ‘Great Escape’ from Stalag Luft III. A True Story of the Great Escape was published by Allen and Unwin in Australia in August, 2015 and is due to be released by Amberley Publishing in the UK later in 2015. 

Any enquiries for Louise Williams, please contact ACIJ Manager on 9514 2295 or acijmanager@uts.edu.au