Monthly Archives: April 2016

Seminar: Disaster, Media and Ethics: The role and challenges of journalism post-disaster

Join us for the third in the CDMPS free lunchtime seminar series for 2016.

12:15pm—1:15pm Wednesday 27 April 2016
Greenwood Theatre, Electrical Engineering Building (193),
The University of Melbourne, Parkville.

This seminar is open to anyone who wishes to learn more about all aspects of disaster management from highly experienced academics and practitioners.

Seminar 3

Our April seminar brings together two highly experienced people to explore the role of and challenges of journalism following disaster.

Denis Muller is a leading expert on media ethics and worked as a journalist for 27 years including Assistant Editor at The Sydney Morning Herald and Associate Editor at The Age. Since 1995 he has conducted independent social and policy research across education, health, environment and media fields. Dr Muller teaches media ethics and is the author of Media Ethics and Disasters. Dr Muller has been conducting the Centre’s research into how the media covered the Black Saturday Bushfires and the second stage of this project, consulting with bushfire-affected communities about their experiences with the media. Denis is also Fellow at the Centre.

Kerri Ritchie is a senior reporter in the ABC newsroom in Melbourne. She’s a former ABC Foreign Correspondent (New Zealand 2008-2009), Australia Network Correspondent (Indonesia 2010) and Executive Producer of Insiders (2007). Kerri has covered the Samoa tsunami, floods in Queensland amongst many other disaster events.

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Prof Abbas Rajabifard announced SSSI Professional of the Year

On Wednesday 13th April this week at the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Award night as part of Locate 16 , Prof Abbas Rajabifard won the 2015 Professional of the Year award. This award recognises a person who demonstrates achievements deemed by their peers in the industry to be exemplary in promoting the spatial profession and is considered to be at the pinnacle of their career. This is awarded annually by the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute.

This award followed on from Abbas having been a winner of an Individual Award category at the Victorian Excellence Awards (VSEA) in September 2015, and subsequently being shortlisted for the 2015 National Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards (APSEA) Individual Awards

We are very proud of this award and in his absence overseas, he was represented by Serene Ho who accepted the award on his behalf on the night.