Adjunct Senior Lecturer, Journalism
Dr Bill Birnbauer was a senior reporter and editor at The Age, The Sunday Age and The Herald between 1975 and 2008. He left Fairfax in late 2008 and was appointed Senior Lecturer in journalism at Monash University in the same year. He left his tenured position at Monash in early 2017 and now is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer. He is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a director of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation, a member of Melbourne University’s Centre for Advancing Journalism advisory group, and Monash University’s industry advisory group.
His latest book, The rise of nonprofit investigative journalism in the United States is now available in hardback and e-book versions: https://www.routledge.com/The-Rise-of-NonProfit-Investigative-Journalism-in-the-United-States/Birnbauer/p/book/9781138484474
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- Philanthropist Judith Neilson commits $100 million to journalism
An Australian philanthropist just committed more than $100 million to create an institute that would encourage quality journalism through education and grants. The commitment is by far the biggest boost to journalism by an Australian philanthropist.An Australian philanthropist just committed more than $100 million to create an institute that would encourage quality journalism through education and grants. The commitment is by far the biggest boost to journalism by an Australian philanthropist. One of the institute’s key aims will be to encourage more reporting on Asia and help journalists engage with peers ...
One of the institute’s key aims will be to encourage more reporting on Asia and help journalists engage with peers across the region. The institute also aims to collaborate with journalism schools and media organisations and will act as a hub for debate on how best to cover the region and key policy issues confronting Australia.
The funder is billionaire Judith Neilson, who is known for building one of the world’s most significant collections of Chinese contemporary art. She has a long-standing interest in humanitarian causes and is patron of Anti-Slavery Australia. She was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2016 due to her charitable work and contribution to the arts.
The institute will be called the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas and will be located in Sydney. It has pledged to be independent and nonpartisan.
In a media release, Neilson recognises the need to support evidence-based journalism. “I know that traditional forms of journalism are going through massive change and Australian journalism and intellectual life needs a shot in the arm.
“Journalism doesn’t just need critics, it needs champions – people and institutions with the resources to help educate, encourage and connect journalists and their audience in pursuit of excellence.”
Unlike the United States, Australia has no tradition of philanthropists donating to news organisations. Wotif founder and philanthropist Graeme Wood initially pledged $15 million according to reports to a nonprofit online magazine but in early 2014 declared his circumstances had changed and supported The Guardian’s Australian edition.
Neilson will be the institute’s patron but will have no direct role in its management or programs. The institute will be launched next year.