Assoc Prof Jake Lynch – Keynote Speaker

Jake Lynch is Director of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies (CPACS) at the University of Sydney; an Executive Member of the Sydney Peace Foundation and Secretary General of the International Peace Research Association, having organized and hosted its Sydney conference in July 2010. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the School of Communication at the University of Johannesburg.

Jake has spent the past 15 years researching, developing, teaching and training in peace journalism – and practising it, as an experienced international reporter in television and newspapers. He was an on-air presenter, anchoring over a thousand half-hour news bulletins for BBC World TV. Before that, he was the Sydney Correspondent for the London Independent newspaper, and a Political Correspondent for Sky News.

Since 1999 up to the present day, Jake has led training workshops in peace journalism for professional editors and reporters, and in media skills for peace workers, in many countries including Fiji, Indonesia, the Philippines, Nepal, Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Cyprus, Armenia, Georgia, Norway and the UK. Clients have included the British Council, Council of Europe, DANIDA, GTZ, SIDA, NORAD, the Olof Palme Memorial Fund and the Australian Commonwealth government.

Publications include several books and many book chapters and refereed articles on peace and peace journalism. He is also the author of several think-tank reports and innumerable articles in public media including the Sydney Morning Herald, the Australian and the Canberra Times.

Jake presented News Goo, a streamed television program produced by the New Matilda current affairs website. In 2009-2010 he wrote a weekly column, combining commentary on world affairs with media analysis and literacy issues, for the TRANSCEND Media Service website. He is a regular contributor to radio and television. Jake has senior production credits on four documentary films, including the multi-award winning Soldiers of Peace, narrated by the Hollywood actor, Michael Douglas.

In 2009, he won a Linkage grant from the Australian Research Council, to investigate prospects for devising a Global Standard for Reporting Conflict, in partnership with the International Federation of Journalists and the aid agency, Act for Peace.