Internationally celebrated journalist and author, Professor Stan Grant, has been named the first-ever Director of the Constructive Institute Asia Pacific, housed within the Faculty of Arts at Monash University. This appointment marks a significant step in the university’s ongoing efforts to reshape global news culture, promoting healthier democracies.
Originally based at Aarhus University in Denmark, the Constructive Institute‘s primary objective is to revolutionize global news culture, ensuring it nurtures healthier democracies. With Professor Grant’s leadership at Monash University’s School of Media, Film, and Journalism, this vision is set to expand and resonate throughout the Asia Pacific. He will spearhead projects and discussions that champion global solutions, bringing nuance and dialogue to newsroom cultures.
Monash University’s Commitment to Integrity in Journalism
Professor Katie Stevenson, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, expressed her enthusiasm for Professor Grant’s appointment. She highlighted the university’s dedication to upholding the highest standards of journalism and combating media misinformation.
Professor Stevenson remarked, “There is no better person to lead the advocacy for a more solutions-focused, democratic approach to journalism. Beyond the Institute’s mission, our media students will have the privilege of drawing upon Stan’s rich experience and knowledge of media, and his passion to change news culture for the better.”
Professor Grant’s Vision for the Future of Journalism
Embracing this new role, Professor Grant sees it as a golden opportunity to significantly enhance public discourse, where the media plays an indispensable part.
He shared, “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity for me. It aligns with my values and draws on my 40 years in journalism, as well as my commitment to doing public interest journalism better in a way that serves the public at a time when the stakes couldn’t be higher for our country and for the world.”
Addressing Modern Media Challenges
The Constructive Institute Asia Pacific’s establishment is a testament to the School of Media, Film, and Journalism’s broader mission: confronting the pressing issue of misinformation and disinformation in today’s rapidly evolving media landscape.
Monash University continues to pioneer efforts in understanding the profound changes in communication and their implications on society. This includes initiatives like the Climate Change Communication Research Hub and 360info, which aims to counter rampant misinformation by providing verified news features for other publishers.
With Professor Grant’s appointment, Monash University strengthens its position at the vanguard of addressing global media challenges. His vast professional experience and dedication to media integrity will undoubtedly elevate the university’s endeavors.
Associate Professor Shane Homan, Head of School, believes in Professor Grant’s potential to bridge higher education and the media industry. He stated, “The sheer depth and breadth of Stan’s career across commercial and public broadcasting means he is well placed to reflect on forms of journalism that can both inform and restore trust.”
A Glimpse into Professor Grant’s Illustrious Career
Professor Grant’s commendable journalism journey boasts of him being a three-time Walkley award recipient. With over three decades in the media industry, he has held prominent roles with Channel 7, CNN, SBS, and the ABC. His literary contributions include several award-winning books, with his latest being “The Queen Is Dead: Time for a Public Reckoning” published by Harper Collins in 2023.