Dr Margaret Van Heekeren

BA (Comm) MCAE (now CSU), MA (Mod Hist) Macquarie, PhD, Macquarie
Lecturer

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

Dr Margaret Van Heekeren joined the University of Sydney as a Lecturer (education focused) Media and Communications in 2019. Margaret’s current research explores the teaching of journalism and media history in higher education. A former journalist, she has been a journalism educator since 2004. Margaret is an editorial board member of the national university collaborative project, Junction Journalism.

Research interests

Education Research interests: Margaret’s education research focuses on journalism education and the role of journalism and media history in curriculum. She is also involved in exploring curriculum innovation for blended cohorts of domestic and international students.
Media and Communications Research interests: Margaret has published extensively in journalism and media history. Her research explores change and ideas in journalism and media, historically and in the contemporary environment and considers the impact of media change on the dissemination and cultivation of ideas in society.

Teaching and supervision

Teaching

Supervision
Margaret is able to supervise in:

  • Journalism and media history
  • Australian journalism
  • History of ideas in journalism
  • Journalism education

Current projects

Van Heekeren, M. (2019 forthcoming). The curative effect of social media: a re-evaluation of fake news

Associations

Awards and honours

  • 2017 Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Sessional Teaching, FASS, University of Sydney
  • 2013 Macquarie University Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence (PhD)
  • 2009 Charles Sturt University Faculty of Arts Academic Excellence Award
  • 2008 Macquarie University Vice Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence (MA)

Selected publications

  • Building Stronger Communities for 25 years

    Building Stronger Communities for 25 years (Charles Sturt University, 2016)

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Books

  • Van Heekeren, M. (2016). Building Stronger Communities for 25 years. Bathurst: Charles Sturt University.

Journals

  • Davies, K., Dodd, A., Kremmer, C., Van Heekeren, M. (2017). The Pedagogy of the UniPollWatch Pop-up Journalism Project. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 27(2), 219-232. [More Information]
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2015). Charles Brunsdon Fletcher, the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, Asia and the Pacific. Media International Australia, (157), 124-132. [More Information]
  • O'Donnell, P., Van Heekeren, M. (2015). JERAA@40: towards a history of the professional association of Australian journalism academics. Australian Journalism Review, 37(2), 3-20. [More Information]
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2014). Stop the presses: Strikes in the Australian news media. Media International Australia, (150), 41-46. [More Information]
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2014). The Press Proprietor as Philosopher Warwick Oswald Fairfax (1901-1987). History Australia, 11(2), 146-166. [More Information]
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2011). 'The 'Organic Filament'. New Idealist Thought and the Media. Collingwood and British Idealism Studies: incorporating Bradley Studies, 17(1), 37-61.
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2010). 'Office Boys' or Intellectuals?: 'Sydney Morning Herald' Editors from 1903-1937. Australian Journalism Review, 32(2), 75-88.
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2010). Editorial: Mediating rural and regional societies. Rural Society, 21(2), 82-84. [More Information]
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2010). News in 'new media': An historical comparison between the arrival of television and online news in Australia. Media International Australia, (134), 20-30.
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2009). The Press and the 1847 Libel Act: the first criminal libel trials in New South Wales. Legal History, 13(2), 269-290.
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2008). Pioneer or pretender?: The contradictory life of Australasian printer and publisher Benjamin Isaacs. Australian Journalism Review, 30(1), 85-98.
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2006). The 'Bulletin' and the New Journalism from 1880 to 1918. Australian Studies in Journalism, 16, 4-20.
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2005). 'Who's Gough Whitlam?' What journalism graduates don't know about the past and what news editors want them to know. Australian Journalism Review, 27(1), 209-218.

Reference Works

  • Van Heekeren, M. (2014). Australian Town and Country Journal. In Bridget Griffen-Foley (Eds.), A Companion to the Australian Media. (pp. 59-60). Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2014). Daily Telegraph. In Bridget Griffen-Foley (Eds.), A Companion to the Australian Media. (pp. 129-131). North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2014). Journalists' Club. A Companion to the Australian Media. North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2014). Strikes. In Bridget Griffen-Foley (Eds.), A Companion to the Australian Media. (pp. 441-442). North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.

2017

  • Davies, K., Dodd, A., Kremmer, C., Van Heekeren, M. (2017). The Pedagogy of the UniPollWatch Pop-up Journalism Project. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 27(2), 219-232. [More Information]

2016

  • Van Heekeren, M. (2016). Building Stronger Communities for 25 years. Bathurst: Charles Sturt University.

2015

  • Van Heekeren, M. (2015). Charles Brunsdon Fletcher, the Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, Asia and the Pacific. Media International Australia, (157), 124-132. [More Information]
  • O'Donnell, P., Van Heekeren, M. (2015). JERAA@40: towards a history of the professional association of Australian journalism academics. Australian Journalism Review, 37(2), 3-20. [More Information]

2014

  • Van Heekeren, M. (2014). Australian Town and Country Journal. In Bridget Griffen-Foley (Eds.), A Companion to the Australian Media. (pp. 59-60). Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2014). Daily Telegraph. In Bridget Griffen-Foley (Eds.), A Companion to the Australian Media. (pp. 129-131). North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2014). Journalists' Club. A Companion to the Australian Media. North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2014). Stop the presses: Strikes in the Australian news media. Media International Australia, (150), 41-46. [More Information]
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2014). Strikes. In Bridget Griffen-Foley (Eds.), A Companion to the Australian Media. (pp. 441-442). North Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2014). The Press Proprietor as Philosopher Warwick Oswald Fairfax (1901-1987). History Australia, 11(2), 146-166. [More Information]

2011

  • Van Heekeren, M. (2011). 'The 'Organic Filament'. New Idealist Thought and the Media. Collingwood and British Idealism Studies: incorporating Bradley Studies, 17(1), 37-61.

2010

  • Van Heekeren, M. (2010). 'Office Boys' or Intellectuals?: 'Sydney Morning Herald' Editors from 1903-1937. Australian Journalism Review, 32(2), 75-88.
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2010). Editorial: Mediating rural and regional societies. Rural Society, 21(2), 82-84. [More Information]
  • Van Heekeren, M. (2010). News in 'new media': An historical comparison between the arrival of television and online news in Australia. Media International Australia, (134), 20-30.

2009

  • Van Heekeren, M. (2009). The Press and the 1847 Libel Act: the first criminal libel trials in New South Wales. Legal History, 13(2), 269-290.

2008

  • Van Heekeren, M. (2008). Pioneer or pretender?: The contradictory life of Australasian printer and publisher Benjamin Isaacs. Australian Journalism Review, 30(1), 85-98.

2006

  • Van Heekeren, M. (2006). The 'Bulletin' and the New Journalism from 1880 to 1918. Australian Studies in Journalism, 16, 4-20.

2005

  • Van Heekeren, M. (2005). 'Who's Gough Whitlam?' What journalism graduates don't know about the past and what news editors want them to know. Australian Journalism Review, 27(1), 209-218.

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