Senior Lecturer, Journalism
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. At Fairfax, he had several senior reporting roles and was The Age’s Chief of Staff, News Editor, Night Editor and Associate Editor. He is a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Latest News & Opinion
- Words and democracy: a personal view
I gave this very personal talk at the opening of the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka on May 5, 2013. It seemed apt for the occasion.
- Awards for Monash’s ‘Dangerous Ground’ investigations
THE Dangerous Ground website and program of student involvement have recently been recognised with three awards.
The site can be accessed here: http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/dangerousground/
In October, 2013, Dangerous Ground was recognised by Vice Chancellor, Professor Ed Byrne, with a Special Commendation for Programs that Enhance Student Learning. A year earlier, the site won a Monash Arts Faculty award, which was announced by the Dean, Rae Frances, and a Journalism Education Association of Australia Ossie award for convergent journalism. The Ossie judge, Our World Today director, Chris Campbell, found that the Monash students involved collaborated in a highly professional manner. He went on to say: “They have provided the reader with an informing and diverse range of information, but kept such content in line with their vision. The platform gave a good level of interactivity, providing audio, video, and images to accompany stories, as well as a ‘documents’ section to share their resources with the reader.
“Generally, the content was of a high editorial standard, and the research and investigations were highly commendable. The exploration into the subject was deep and thorough, giving a true reflection of investigative journalism content.”
He suggested that social media links could be made more prominent and we’ll certainly be taking that on board.
The Dangerous Ground program was devised as part of my investigative reporting unit for Masters and undergraduate students. Investigative students have the option of undertaking a project that scrutinizes environmental regulation in Victoria. After their assignments are returned, these students and others worked with me to develop the stories and find new ones to be published in a multi-media format.
Several student stories have been published by The Sunday Age, Crikey, the ABC’s Stateline, the HeraldSun online and suburban newspapers.
In accepting the $2000 Arts Faculty award for programs that enhance learning, I wish to extend my thanks to Monash University’s Arts Online Presence Enhancement team for assisting with the website and also the solicitor’s office for running an eye over a number of the stories.
Most thanks to the students who have worked on the site and/or whose stories have contributed: Kaymolly Morrelle, Jenny Denton, Zoe Taylor-Lynch, Craig Butt, Ashley Argoon (now a Walkley award-winning team member), Chad Vanestrop, Sasha Petrova, Daniel De Carteret, Sofia Levin, Emma D’Agostino, Jenny Jagerhorn, Rebecca Baker, Rhiana Whitson, and Anirudh Asher who provided wonderful images for the site.