the citizen Mission

THE CITIZEN is a publication of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. It has several aims. Foremost, it is a teaching tool that showcases the work of the students in the University of Melbourne’s Master of Journalism program, giving them real-world experience in working for publication and to deadline.

THE CITIZEN is also a flagship of the Centre, making its research and public events more widely accessible to the public and the news media. Simultaneously, it serves as a test-bed for research-in-action, trialling innovative journalistic methodology.

Finally, THE CITIZEN aims to be a serious and worthwhile publication in its own right, with an emphasis on quality journalism that, in part, seeks to ‘back fill’ on issues and events neglected by mainstream media battling cut-backs and cost constraints.

Editorially, THE CITIZEN operates independent of the University, underscored by its Charter of Editorial Integrity, which is endorsed by the University Council. A not-for-profit enterprise, it draws financial support from a mix of university and grant monies, and public donations. The latter include a contribution from businessman and philanthropist Paul Bendat.


the citizen Team

Margaret Simons is editor-in-chief of The Citizen and Director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism. She is an award-winning freelance journalist, the author of 10 books (including three on journalism), a keen blogger and widely-published commentator on media matters. Her work has appeared in The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, Griffith Review, The Monthly and other publications.

Simon Mann is the editor of The Citizen. A journalist for more than 30 years, Mann has held a series of senior reporting and editing roles at The Age, and is a two-time foreign correspondent, having been based in Europe and, more recently, Washington DC. He is a Walkley Award winner for international journalism.


the centre for advancing journalism Mission

Leadership — Our concept of leadership embodies inclusivity, collaboration, transparency, creativity and intellectual integrity.

Innovation — We will advance Journalism through our innovation in teaching, experimentation and engagement. We see the opportunities in the power of the new tools for informing and being informed. We will be a hub of thinking, conversation and creativity.

Vision — We will embrace the opportunities in change, even as we heed the threats. We see the opportunity in the power of the new tools for informing and being informed. We will harness the unprecedented potential for a more engaged citizenry.