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First international Journalist-in-Residence to arrive in Australia

Bill Grueskin has been appointed the first Alan Moorehead Journalist-in-Residence at the Judith Neilson Institute, the international stream of JNI’s Journalist-in-Residence program.

Bill will be in Australia from early February to mid-March, and will be working at JNI’s Chippendale HQ.

Bill is a Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism in New York and has held senior editorial roles including: executive editor at Bloomberg, overseeing efforts to train the global news staff on maximising the benefits of digital platforms; deputy managing editor of The Wall Street Journal managing editor of WSJ.com; city editor of The Miami Herald; and founding editor of a newspaper on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation. He has degrees in Classics from Stanford University and in international economics and US foreign policy from Johns Hopkins’ School of Advanced International Studies.

Bill will be undertaking research into the impact of the News Media Bargaining Code one year on from implementation. He will also engage with journalists and educators to share the latest training and development programmes being deployed at Columbia, and learn about Australian techniques that can be brought back to the US.


JNI’s Journalist-in-Residence program gives working journalists, as well as those involved in the production of news and factual content, an opportunity to undertake a deeper piece of work at the Institute.

The program is split into two streams, one for local journalists and news producers, named after Catherine Martin, who won the inaugural Gold Walkley in 1978 during a distinguished career, including nearly 30 years at the West Australian. The international stream is named after writer, war correspondent and historian Alan Moorehead. Attaching Moorehead’s name to this program speaks to the Institute’s ambition to engage with journalists around the world.

JNI’s Journalist-in-Residence posts are named after Aussie journos Catherine Martin and Alan Moorehead.

Journalist, director and Illuminate Films founder Yaara Bou Melhem and IndigenousX journalist James Saunders were the first Australian Journalists-in-Residence. As Catherine Martin Journalists-in-Residence, James and Yaara will work on significant individual projects and will also participate in the Institute’s activities and events.

James’s project will focus on helping other young Indigenous journalists and content creators to use social media more effectively to tell stories about First Nations life in Australia. James will conduct a series of workshops at the Institute with young participants from across Australia.  

Yaara will use her time at the Institute to work on a documentary mapping the tens of thousands of inactive mines in Australia, highlighting the environmental and financial impact of these sites.