Mia Lindgren wins 2015 Anne Dunn prize

The Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) and the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA) are delighted to announce that this year’s winner of the Anne Dunn scholar of the year is Associate Professor Mia Lindgren, of Monash University.

Mia LindgrenAssociate Professor Lindgren, from Monash University, wins $3,000 provided equally by ANZCA, JERAA and Anne Dunn’s family for an award that has been set up to commemorate the life and work of a much valued and sorely missed colleague, Professor Anne Dunn of the University of Sydney.

This year’s award was again judged by professors drawn from the ranks of JERAA and ANZCA.

JERAA president Professor Matthew Ricketson said the judging panel believed Associate Professor Lindgren's application was strong and well constructed. It demonstrated the breadth of her professional practice background, the depth of her academic research and most importantly for this award it demonstrated the intelligence and energy she has devoted to developing useful frameworks for exploring the relationships between practice and theory.

That the heart of her practice and academic work are in the radio medium dovetails with the experience of Anne Dunn, but more importantly her blending of journalism practice and theory drawn from a range of disciplines embodies the legacy of Anne's intellectual spirit.

The award was announced at the ANZCA conference in New Zealand last week and will be announced at the JERAA conference in November at Charles Sturt university in Bathurst, New South Wales.

The judging panel representing JERAA was impressed by the quality of applicants for the Anne Dunn scholar of the year award, though the judges reiterated that the award is not aimed at postgraduate students or those who have recently completed their doctoral thesis. It is aimed at those who have built a body of journalism scholarship.

Alex Wake