Andrew Porter
Bachelor of Arts (Journalism), Bachelor of Comm. (Hons)

Academic Chair of Journalism

About me

Over the better part of 20 years, I built a career in television and radio before moving into the teaching of journalism.  I started out working in radio in Adelaide, Sydney, Perth and then Hong Kong, before I moved into TV News.  In TV I was a Chief of Staff, Producer and Researcher at various commercial TV stations Perth and the ABC.  Before my move to teaching I was workjng in news management at the Ten Network as a Deputy News Manager and Senior News Producer.

As part of my work at the university I have taken on the role of a Professional Practice Scholar.  That means I am able to work a day a week on industry-related tasks.  As part of that I am employed by Seven West Media as a Senior News Producer in their Perth newsroom.  I am also spearheading the School of Arts first steps into the use of drones.  I have completed a remote pilot’s licence with CASA that certifies me to fly multi-rotor UAVs up to 7 kilograms.  I’m investigating ways for it to be introduced into our journalism curriculum given the increasing use of drones by media companies. I also work as the Content Manager for the Host Broadcaster at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings for the last five years.

As an academic I’ve been involved in a study examining how journalists and news organisations use social media to do their jobs. I have taught TV News and Current Affairs, Radio News and longer form radio.  I am currently the Academic Chair of the Journalism program at Murdoch.  I have oversight into the bulk of units we deliver in Australia as well as overseas cohorts in Dubai and Singapore.

Research areas

Social Media.

Convergent Journalism.

Videojournalism.

Web News Journalism.

Social media use by journalists.

Current projects

Honours Thesis – Murdoch University, 2013

“The use of social media as a journalistic tool: its pedagogical implications for tertiary journalism education.”

Awards and grants

2010, 2011 Vice Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence (nominated)

Events and speaking engagements

December 2011 – Journalism Education Association Conference, Melbourne

Presentation – “Mining for Gold – Social media as a Journalistic Tool”

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July 2013 – ANZCA Conference, Fremantle – Global Networks-Global Divides: Bridging New and Traditional Communication Challenges

Presentation – “Getting a Grip – Australian Journalism’s Increasing Use of Social Media and Teaching it to a New Generation”

Professional and community service

2015 – present

Seven News Perth – Senior News Producer

Line-up producer responsibilities on weekends and as needed.

 

2016

Completed CASA UAV remote pilot licence.

 

2011, 2013 and 2015 – TV Content Manager CHOGM

Managed all terrestrial video content for host broadcaster Globecast at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings in Perth, Sri Lanka and Malta.