Unipollwatch is a unique cross-campus collaboration between LaTrobe University, Melbourne University, RMIT University and Swinburne University.

Journalism students doing the following units of study:

Swinburne University

News Writing
Broadcast News Reporting
Live Journalism

RMIT University
Advanced Radio Journalism

LaTrobe University
Advanced Journalism Production

University of Melbourne
Special Studies in Journalism


Andrew Dodd


Andrew is the Program Director of Journalism at Swinburne University. He has been a journalist for over twenty five years, working in radio, TV, print and on-line. He was a media and business writer with The Australian and a broadcaster with ABC Radio National, where he presented many of the network’s programs and founded the Media Report. He was a reporter on The 7.30 Report and has also worked for Radio Netherlands and community radio. He has freelanced for The Age, The Conversation, Inside Story, Crikey and other outlets. Twitter: @andrewcdodd mobile: 0419323610.

Melbourne University Editor
Margaret Simons


Margaret is Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism and the coordinator of the new Master of Journalism at Melbourne University. An award-winning freelance journalist and author whose recent publications include Self-Made Man: The Kerry Stokes Story (Penguin) an edited collection of stories entitled What’s Next in Journalism?, Journalism at the Crossroads (both with Scribe), and the book Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs co-written with Malcolm Fraser (The Miegunyah Press). The latter won both the Book of the Year and the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2011. In addition to her academic work, Margaret is the media commentator for the online news outlet Crikey and blogs on journalism and the media at The Content Makers. She also writes for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Griffith Review, The Monthly and other publications.

Latrobe University Editor
Lawrie Zion


Lawrie is the Journalism Convenor at Latrobe and co-founder and editor-in-chief of the online magazine, upstart which showcases student writing, and provides a forum for emerging journalism.


Latrobe University Associate Editor
Hugh Martin


Hugh Martin teaches in the undergraduate journalism program at La Trobe and is coordinator of the Masters of Journalism Innovation.
Hugh has worked in a variety of editorial and publishing roles in the newspaper industry. He was Editor of www.theage.com.au and Deputy Editor of Sections at The Age. He was also Editor of www.news.com.au at News Limited. Hugh has taught journalism at RMIT and UTS. He received a Walkley Award in 2004, and is a winner of two Melbourne Press Club Awards. In 2014 he was a recipient of the Walkley Foundation Grant for Innovation in Journalism.

Swinburne University Editor
Larry Schwartz


Larry Schwartz teaches journalism at Swinburne University where he is completing a PhD focusing on an early 2000s theatre-based political campaign by asylum seekers and supporters. He is a former senior writer/reporter with The Age who worked for The Sydney Morning Herald and joined The Sunday Age shortly before its launch in the late 1980s. He is the author of an apartheid-era memoir, The Wild Almond Line (Allen & Unwin, 2000).

RMIT Editor
Peter Clarke


Peter Clarke (@MediaActive) is a Melbourne-based broadcaster, writer and educator who teaches at RMIT and Swinburne universities. He pioneered national talkback on Australian radio as the inaugural presenter of Offspring (now Life Matters) on ABC Radio National. Peter spent part of his ABC career at 774 Melbourne, where he was a colleague of Jon Faine.

RMIT Associate Editor
Josie Vine


Josie teaches into the areas of journalism ethics and regulation, hard news writing, and feature writing in both undergraduate and graduate diploma levels. She also supervises honours and post-graduate research and dissertations on journalism-related projects.
After experience in regional newspapers, local magazines, local radio and television news, and in media liaison, Josie began her career in journalism education in 2001 at Deakin University, and has taught at RMIT since 2006. Her research interests focus on the sociological development of newsroom practices, journalism culture and history and the intersection of ethics in journalism and academia.

Lisa Gye


Lisa Gye is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications at Swinburne University. Her research interests include media for social change, media arts, maker culture and the impact of changes in writing technologies on subjectivity and culture. She teaches a range of units in the undergraduate and postgraduate programs in Media Communications and is currently working on Memefest‘s Festival of Socially Responsive Communication and Art.

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