The Centre is an interdisciplinary initiative of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Law.
CMT directors and researchers
Derek Wilding, Co-Director, was previously Director of the Communications Law Centre at UNSW, but came to UTS after a decade working in government and industry regulatory roles. He was Executive Director of the Australian Press Council, implementing major structural changes to embrace online and other digital publishers. At the Australian Communications and Media Authority he managed the media ownership rules, broadcasting investigations and digital transition projects.
Anne Kruger, Acting Co-Director helped to launch First Draft in the Asia-Pacific, overseeing CrossCheck Australia for the May 2019 federal elections. Anne has spent most of her career working in Asia, as an international journalist, anchor and business news presenter at CNN International Hong Kong from 2001-2004, presenter and producer at Bloomberg Finance Hong Kong and earlier at Radio Television Hong Kong, and Radio Corporation Singapore. She was anchor and national correspondent for the iconic Australian current affairs program Landline, and fill-in co-host for ABC News Breakfast. As an Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong, Anne set up the award-winning Cyber News Verification Lab in the wake of Occupy Central, collaborating with verification technologists Meedan. Anne also conducted news literacy courses throughout Asia and consulted for UNESCO. She is an assessor at the International Fact-Checking Network (Poynter) and a Google News Initiative trainer. She returned to the ABC in late 2017 as a multi-platform state news Chief of Staff, and senior digital producer on the National Digital desk at the ABC’s digital headquarters.
Sacha Molitorisz is a postdoctoral research fellow at the CMT with an interest in ethics, privacy and trust. After studying law and English literature at UNSW, Sacha accepted a cadetship at The Sydney Morning Herald, where for 19 years he had a front row seat for digital disruption while working as a writer, editor, reviewer and blogger. In 2012 he began teaching media and ethics courses at UNSW and NYU Sydney, and in 2017 he completed his PhD, which applied Kantian ethics to internet privacy. He is currently turning the thesis into a book for UNSW Press.
Jacqui Park is a senior research fellow in Asia Pacific journalism at the CMT. She is spearheading the Centre’s work in innovation, press freedom and sustainable public interest journalism in the region. Jacqui is also the founder and former CEO of the Walkley Foundation. She was founding Director of the International Federation of Journalists Asia Pacific, working on press freedom and media development across the region. Since leaving the IFJ, she has been working in the region on the use of human centred design to support media in transition and to mainstream gender in organisational development.
Chrisanthi Giotis is a postdoctoral fellow at the CMT. She will be conducting research on journalism best practice in a digitally connected global media landscape. Chrisanthi spent a decade as a reporter and deputy editor in Australia and in the UK, and ran her own entrepreneurial journalism project www.itbeganinAfrica.com. Her PhD entitled Not Just a Victim of War examined the type of reportage foreign correspondents produce from refugee camps and included original reporting from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Chrisanthi teaches at UTS in journalism, media studies and social and political sciences.
Timothy Koskie is a researcher and educator, and is currently working towards a doctoral degree, investigating news comments’ potential as a form of media pluralism at the CMT. He has two master’s degrees, and has taught undergraduate and postgraduate seminars and tutorials in multiple fields across media, internet governance, and digital cultures. In addition, he has nearly two decades of experience in publishing and education and has taught in and conducted courses on media and communication skills across 14 years in the US, Australia, Spain, and South Korea.
Rosa Alice is the administrative and communciations coordinator for the Centre for Media Transition. She has worked for the NSW Government regulation body for Allied Health Practitioners investigating complaints; in various project and administrative roles in other tertiary institutions and on various television series and film sets. Outside UTS, Rosa doubles as an artist working with print making, text, video and photography. She graduated with a Bachelor in Contemporary Arts from Deakin University, Melbourne and a Masters in Film and Digital Image from the University of Sydney.
Jack Berkefeld is a research reporter for First Draft Australia and communications coordinator for the Centre for Media Transition. A recent UTS alumni, Jack has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication (Journalism) and International Studies. As part of the International Studies curriculum Jack learnt Spanish and went on a year-long In-Country Study trip to Buenos Aires in 2017 where he completed a research project on the local political culture and developed fluency in the language. During his time at UTS Jack also used his university connections to participate in a number of internships, including at the International Federal of Journalists Asia Pacific and the ABC’s Investigations Team during the 2019 Federal Election. His work has been published by a number of outlets such as 2ser Radio, Central News, the ABC and Crikey.
CMT Management Committee
CMT Advisory Board
The Centre’s Advisory Board is chaired by former editor and CEO and now company director, Marina Go. Other members of the Board include:
- Sophie Dawson, Partner, Bird & Bird
- Elizabeth Knight, Business writer, Fairfax Media
- Clare O’Neil, Director, Corporate Affairs, SBS
- Gerard Ryle, Director of International Consortium of Investigative Journalists
- Victoria Rubensohn, Director Communications Compliance and Principal, Omni Media
- Davina Thomas, Director, Nous Group