Name: Alexandra Wake
Organisation: RMIT University
Alexandra Wake has been a journalist for 25 years. Although initially trained in print, she has adapted to other technologies and now boasts a career spanning radio, television and on-line. Alex has worked in Ireland, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, as well as Australia. Alex worked for three newspapers: The Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, the Mackay Mercury and The Star (Ireland). Alex spent seven years working for the ABC in Queensland. She has spent time training working journalists at the South African Broadcasting Corporation and three years as a journalism educator at Dubai Women’s College in the United Arab Emirates. Alex also spent three years working as a senior media advisor for a Queensland government minister. Alex still works as freelance editor and news reader at Radio Australia (the ABC’s international broadcaster). Alex completed her MA (Research) at QUT, holds a Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching and Learning from RMIT, and a Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults from Cambridge. She is currently enrolled in her PhD at Deakin University. Alex’s research interests include democracy and journalism education, and the portrayal of multicultural and indigenous groups in the media. Her PhD looks at how the personal interpretation of democracy by a journalism educator impacts on their ability to train new journalists in emerging democracies. She is particularly interested in news ways of teaching of journalism.