Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Law, author and writer, Order of Australia for services to journalism, winner of 5 Walkley Awards for excellence in journalism, including gold.
Monica Attard spent 28 years at the ABC, working across radio and television. She was the ABC’s Russia correspondent at possibly the best time in modern history to be a Russia correspondent. She reported on the coup against Mikhail Gorbachev, the collapse of Soviet communism, the rise of Boris Yeltsin and his peculiar brand of capitalism and democracy, the first Chechen war and she covered civil wars across the old Soviet Union. Four years of covering the revolution left her with just enough energy to pump out a book about the events – Russia, Which Way Paradise?
Monica was recently the head of journalism at Macleay College in Sydney and Melbourne where she created a digital journalism program that has delivered post graduate success.
Her interests are digital media and international reporting.
Can supervise: YES
Currently, the redefinition of journalism by journalists themselves as digital technologies change the practice of journalism.
My areas of interest include multimedia journalism and the intersection of media policy and practice. I am a member of the Advisory Board of Media Diversity Australia.
Attard, M 1998, Russia Which Way Paradise?.
Middleweek, B, Mutsvairo, B & Attard, M 2020, 'Toward a Theorization of Student Journalism Collaboration in International Curricula', Journalism and Mass Communication Educator.View/Download from: Publisher's site
Adopting an international approach to journalism pedagogy, this study reports on the findings of a Global Journalism Collaboration Project involving 267 undergraduate and postgraduate students from Germany, Italy, Kenya, Uganda, Romania, Colombia, and Australia. Over 6 weeks in 2019, students collaborated to produce multimedia news stories on current issues. Using student survey results and written evaluation assessments, we report on the benefits and challenges of international student journalism collaboration. The most significant challenge was differential access to information communication technologies (ICTs) among African partner countries
and, using empirical data, we offer a set of "guardrails" for future international student journalism collaboration projects.