Ross Monaghan

Ross Monaghan is an experienced professional communicator, academic, author and presenter. He is currently an academic at Deakin University in Melbourne, Victoria, and a regular media commentator on communication related issues.

A former Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, Ross has represented some of Australia’s largest organisations including BHP, Telstra and Optus. He has a unique combination of communications theory and practical experience and is well-known for his current work and research in the area of new social media.

An experienced facilitator, Ross has chaired groups such as the Australasian Crime Commissioners’ Taskforce on mobile phone theft and the Mobile Carriers Forum.

Ross has been commissioned to provide high-level advice on a range of issues including:

  • A report on social media for a Victorian Government department following the Black Saturday bushfires.
  • A report on social media usage for the Department of Defence follow an issue at the Defence Force Academy.
  • Media policy and guidelines for Australia’s Immigration Detention Centres.

In 2006 Ross received a fellowship from Deakin University and co-founded with academic colleague, and former BBC producer, Colleen Murrell. The site deals with a range of global media and public relations issues and contains interviews with many leading journalists and public relations practitioners.

Dr Colleen Murrel

Dr Colleen Murrell is a senior lecturer at Deakin University, teaching units in broadcast journalism and feature writing. Colleen hails from London, where she worked for many years as a producer, reporter and news editor for a number of international news organisations including the BBC, ITN, Associated Press Television, Television Francaise 1 and CBC-Radio Canada. During this time she travelled widely, particularly in Europe and the Middle East. She speaks fluent French, reasonable Spanish, and has occasional flashes of inspiration with a few carefully chosen words of Italian and Arabic.


Aisha KellawayAisha Kellaway is a Media and Communications student who will be completing her degree at Deakin in 2014. Aisha spent her second year studying abroad in the UK. Whilst in England she gained experience copywriting for a Safari Company before moving on to her current position as Community Manager for an events company which organise specialised conferences for Digital Marketing professionals. She is planning on moving back to the UK after completing her degree and developing her career in the Events industry, whilst also working on her sideline creative writing projects.

She can be found on Twitter at @AishaKellaway.

Aloson CoffaAlison Coffa completed a Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications) in 2013, majoring in Public Relations and Journalism. She is currently working as an Account Executive at Pesel & Carr, working with a range of clients on projects encompassing corporate communications, media relations, publicity, government relations and copywriting. She also holds the title of Communications Manager for national theatre and performing arts website, Theatrepeople and has extensive experience writing for publication, including having held the position of Editor in Chief of the Deakin University student magazine, Crossfire, in 2013. She can be found on Twitter at @AlisonClareC.

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