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Professor Lawrie Zion Assoc Provost (Res & Industry Engagement, Office of the ProvostASSC

Lawrie Zion is Associate Provost, Research and Industry Engagement of the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce and Professor of Journalism. He also leads the ARC-funded research project, New Beats, which is investigating the aftermath of job loss for journalists whose roles were made redundant.

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. 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, and Rolling Stone Australia. He was also a regular guest on the Ten Network's 'The Panel.'

He is the writer and researcher of a one-hour documentary about the 2007 documentary, 'The Sounds of Aus' that told the story of the Australian accent. In 2008 it was awarded Chicago's Hugo prize for best international documentary. HIs 2017 book, The Weather Obsession (MUP) examines how digital media has changed the way we connect to the weather.
He is also the co-editor of Ethics for Digital Journalists: Emerging Best Practices (Routledge: 2015).


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