Fulbright Scholar to lecture CSU journalism students

Tuesday 30 May 2017

Patricia AufderheideA visiting 2017 Fulbright Scholar and advocate for quality journalism will deliver a special guest lecture to journalism students at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Bathurst on Thursday 1 June.

Senior lecturer in journalism in the CSU School of Communication and Creative Industries in Bathurst Mr Chris McGillion said the students will be very fortunate to hear Professor Patricia Aufderheide (pictured), University Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, DC.

"The visit by such a distinguished Fulbright scholar as Professor Aufderheide is an indication that the reputation of Charles Sturt University's journalism degree continues to spread far and wide. We hope that this visit extends the horizons of our journalism students as well," Mr McGillion said.

"At this time when the relevance and value of traditional journalism is being challenged by rapidly changing technology and the unforeseen political contrivance of 'fake news', it has never been more important for quality long-form journalism to be understood and championed.

"Students and young journalists at the start of their careers need expertise, inspiration and determination to succeed. Guest lectures such as this by a visiting leading scholar contribute to a clear-eyed understanding of the past and the challenges of the future for journalism and journalists."

Professor Aufderheide founded the Center for Media and Social Impact at the American University's School of Communication, where she continues as Senior Research Fellow. She is also affiliate faculty in the School of International Service and the History department at American University, and is a member of the Film and Media Arts division in the School of Communication. She co-coordinates the Fair Use and Free Speech project at the Center with Professor Peter Jaszi of the Washington College of Law.

Her books include Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright (University of Chicago), with Peter Jaszi; Documentary: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford); The Daily Planet (University of Minnesota Press); and Communications Policy in the Public Interest (Guilford Press).

As well as being a Fulbright Scholar, Professor Aufderheide has been a John Simon Guggenheim fellow and has served as a juror at the Sundance Film Festival.

The distinguished professor has received numerous journalism and scholarly awards. These include the George Stoney Award for service to documentary from the University Film and Video Association in 2015; a research award from the International Communication Association in 2011; the Woman of Vision award from Women in Film and Video (DC) in 2010; a career achievement award in 2008 from the International Digital Media and Arts Association; and the Scholarship and Preservation Award in 2006 from the International Documentary Association.

Professor Patricia Aufderheide will deliver her guest lecture at 2pm on Thursday 1 June at lecture theatre 223 in building 1292 at CSU in Bathurst, and will be accompanied on her visit to CSU by Ms Kelli Long, the Cultural Affairs Attaché at the United States Embassy in Canberra.


Media contact: Bruce Andrews, (02) 6338 6084

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.Professor Patricia Aufderheide is the 2017 Fulbright Scholar at Queensland University of Technology.