Speakers Profile - Julianne Schultz AM FAHA

Emeritus Professor, Media and Culture Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research Founding editor, Griffith Review

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Dr Julianne Schultz is Professor Emeritus of Media and Culture at Griffith University's Centre for Social and Cultural Research. Her much acclaimed new book, The Idea of Australia: A Search for the Soul of the Nation was published by Allen and Unwin in 2022. She is a member of the board of the Sydney Writers Festival.

From 2018 to 2023 she was the chair of The Conversation, the global online news and information service based in Melbourne, and with a global network of academic and media collaborators and partners. She was the publisher and founding editor of Griffith REVIEW from 2003-2021, the award-winning literary and current affairs quarterly established by Griffith University to provide a public intellectual leadership and a platform for long-form essays addressing topical issues beyond the daily news agenda.

She is recognised as a national leader and advocate on matters related to change and national identity, media, culture. She frequently called on to deliver major speeches and participate in media discussions. She was chair of The Conversation Media Group since 2018, and also chaired its Editorial Advisory Board. She was chair of the Australian Film TV and Radio School from 2012- 17, the reference group for the 2011- 2013 National Cultural Policy, Creative Australia, the Queensland Design Council (2010 - 2012) and was in 2008 the co-chair of the Creativity Australia steam at the 2020 Summit. She has been a non executive director of the boards of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Grattan Institute and Copyright Agency; and deputy chair of Australian Council of Learned Academies Securing Australia's Future program, an Australia Council and Arts Queensland peer assessor, a member of the advisory groups for Gratient Institute, Policy Innovation Hub, Barangaroo Development Authorities Cultural Reference Group, Companion of Australian Media, Centre for Advancing Journalism, High Resolves Initiative; the leadership council of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Enterprise, an ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation.

Julianne Schultz received her doctorate from the University of Sydney (1996) and is also the author of books including Reviving the Fourth Estate (Cambridge Uni Press); Steel City Blues (Penguin); principal author and editor of Not Just Another Business (Pluto), co-author of The Phone Book (Penguin), the editor of more than 60 book length editions of Griffith Review and other collections, the author of numerous chapters on journalism, media practice communications policy and culture. She is also the author of two librettos to two operas composed by her brother Andrew Schultz: Black River, which won the national critics award in 1989, and filmed version director by Kevin Lucas won the International Opera Grand Prix in 1992; and Going into Shadows which received acclaim for its productions in London and Brisbane in 2001.

She began her career as a reporter with the ABC and Australian Financial Review. As an academic and journalism educator she was the founding director of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism at the University of Technology, Sydney. She has been a judge of the Walkley, Miles Franklin and Queensland Literary awards among others.

She was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009 for her services service to the community as a journalist, writer, editor and academic, for fostering debate on issues affecting society and for professional ethics and accountability. She was elected an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities in 2010 and was invited to deliver the Academy's 49th Academy Lecture in 2018, Turning the level of civilisation up: A 21st century challenge.

She is married to Dr Ian Reinecke AM, and has two adult children. She divides her time between the Northern Rivers region of NSW and Sydney.

Twitter: @JulianneSchultz