Margaret is an award-winning freelance journalist and author, who is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Media, Film and Journalism at Monash University. She is well known as a writer and thinker on the future of journalism.
From 2012-2017 Margaret was director of the Centre for Advancing Journalism and the coordinator of the innovative Master of Journalism degree at the University of Melbourne. Before joining the University of Melbourne, she was convenor of Journalism at Swinburne University of Technology.
Margaret has won one Walkley Award, two Quill awards and has published 10 books.
Her most recent work includes a biography of Kerry Stokes, published in November 2013; Journalism at the Crossroads (Scribe 2011) and Malcolm Fraser: The Political Memoirs co-written with the former prime minister (The Miegunyah Press 2010). The latter book won Book of the Year and the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2011.
Margaret was the founding chair, and remains a board member of, the Public Interest Journalism Foundation, which was established in 2009 at the Swinburne Institute of Social Research to promote and enable innovation in public interest journalism. She is also a principal of the Media, Education, Training and Advice (META) Centre where she provides training services to a variety of news organisations and tertiary institutions.
Margaret holds a Doctorate in Creative Arts from the University of Technology Sydney.