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Professor Lawrie Zion Director RFA- Transforming Human Society, DVC (Research) Office

Lawrie Zion is Professor of Journalism and Director of the Transforming Human Society Research Focus Area. He also leads the five-year research ARC-funded research project, New Beats, which is investigating the aftermath of the recent mass redundancies of journalists.

After graduating in History from the University of Melbourne in 1981, he completed a PhD at Monash University examining the pop music scene in Australia during the 1960s. He has over 25 years of experience in the media, including a nine-year stint at ABC radio, where he was based at Triple J, setting up the station's Hottest 100 listener poll and presenting the arts and entertainment program, Creatures of the Spotlight. His radio documentaries include profiles of Barry Humphries, and Crowded House. He also worked as a writer, researcher and interviewer for ABC TV documentary series 'Long Way To The Top' and 'Love Is In The Air'.

From 2004 to 2006 he was the film writer for The Australian, prior to which he wrote for a range of publications including The Age, the US-based trade paper The Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone Australia and HQ. He was also a regular guest on the Ten Network's 'The Panel.' He continues to appear regularly on ABC radio and on ABC TV's 'News Breakfast'.

During 2006 he joined forces with Princess Pictures to write and research a one-hour documentary about the Australian accent called The Sounds of Aus. In 2008 it was awarded Chicago's Hugo prize for best international documentary and was nominated for a Logie. It was also a finalist in the category Best Documentary Social & Political Issues in the 2008 Enhance TV ATOM Awards.

HIs book, The Weather Obsession, which examines how digital media has changed the way we connect to the weather, was published my MUP in 2017.

Lawrie is also the co-editor of Ethics for Digital Journalists: Emerging Best Practices (Routledge: 2015).

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