Margaret is an award-winning journalist, author and academic who an Associate Professor in Monash University’s School of Media, Film and Journalism between 2017-2019.
She has taught journalism for more than 25 years while working as a freelance journalist. She was the founding Chair and remains a board member of the Public Interest Journalism Foundation, which was established in 2009 at the Swinburne Institute for Social Research to promote and enable innovation in public interest journalism.
Margaret is the author of 13 award-winning books. These include her co-authored biography, Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs (2010); the unauthorised biography Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man; her prize-winning 2003 book The Meeting of the Waters, which examined the Hindmarsh Island bridge affair; The Content Makers: Understanding the Future of the Australian Media (2007); and Journalism at the Crossroads (2012). Associate Prof Simons’ most recent book, Six Square Metres, was launched in October 2015.
Read Margaret's profile on The Public Interest Journalism Initiative website
Margaret Simons's Articles
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