Dr Amy Forbes is the coordinator of the Bachelor of Arts program and is also coordinator of the Multimedia Journalism and Writing major. She is a journalist who has worked across media platforms over the last 25 years.

She was Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching for the College of Arts, Society in Education from 2015-January 2017.

She is a communication and film academic and researcher with over 30 years of tertiary teaching experience in the Philippines, the US and Australia. She received a Fulbright scholarship in 1991 and studied at the New School for Social Research (now New School University) in New York.

She was associate professor at De la Salle University (Manila) before moving to Australia in 2004 to join Monash University. She moved to sunny Townsville and JCU in 2008. She is currently based in Cairns.


  • BA1001: Time, Truth and the Human Condition (Level 1; CNS)
  • BA3000: Arts Edge (Level 3; CNS)
  • CU1010: Effective Writing (Level 1; CNS & TSV)
  • CU3021: Public Relations Campaigns (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • JN2011: Writing for Multimedia (Level 2; TSV)
  • NM2230: Photography Criticism (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • Intergenerational and multicultural communication;
  • Newsmaking criminology
  • work-integrated learning, and curriculum development,
  • gaming behaviour and the production of social capital, political engagement
  • multimedia journalism incl radio and television
  • public relations
  • WIL: Awarded 2014 OLT Citation - Wired for Employment: For leadership and excellence in developing and delivering a pioneering WIL-based curriculum in Multimedia Journalism.
  • 2017 to present - Coordinator, BA, James Cook University (Townsville, Queensland)
  • 2008 to present - Senior Lecturer, James Cook University (Townsville, Queensland)
  • 2015 to 2017 - Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching, James Cook University (Townsville, Queensland)
  • 2012 to 2016 - Coordinator, Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism program, James Cook University (Townsville, Queensland)
  • 2004 to 2008 - Lecturer, Monash University (Victoria, Australia)
  • 2003 to 2005 - Columnist, The Philippine Times: Australia's Filipino Newspaper (Melbourne, Victoria)
  • 1987 to 2003 - Associate Professor, De La Salle University (Philippines)
  • 2000 to 2002 - Columnist, The Daily Tribune (Manila, Philippines)
  • 1991 to 1993 - Executive Assistant to the Dean, New School for Social Research (New York, USA)
  • 1986 to 1991 - Executive Producer (AV and TV), Visions, Inc. (Manila, Philippines)
  • 1986 to 1988 - Supervising Producer and Video Editor, Nightline:Manila (Manila, Philippines)
  • 1985 to 1987 - Columnist and Publisher, Balitang Kababayan (Manila, Philippines)
  • 1984 to 1986 - Research Associate to the Dean, Institute of Mass Communication, UP (Manila, Philippines)
  • 1981 to 1986 - Lecturer, University of the Philippines (Manila, Philippines)
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  • 2017 - TropEco Award for Partnerships and Engagement - High Commendation for CrimWatch; weekly radio segment on TripleT Townsville Community Radio station
  • 2015 - JCU COGNOS Top User of the Year
  • 2014 - Australian Award for University Teaching -- Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning -- Wired for Employment: For leadership and excellence in developing and delivering a pioneering WIL-based curriculum in Multimedia Journalism
  • 2014 - JCU Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning
  • 2013 - Top Paper Award (with Dr Lilnabeth Somera and Dr Francis Dalisay), 63rd Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (Intergroup Communication Interest Group). London, England, June 17-21, 2013.
  • 2009 - DEEWR (Curriculum Refresh -AUFT), $67.644 Curriculum Refresh project: Establishing the new Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism (with Dr Lindsay Simpson)
  • 2009 - Carrick Institute for Learning & Teaching, $ 6000 Work Integrated Learning and Multimedia Journalism benchmarking project
  • 1991 - U.S. Fulbright Scholar
  • 2005 - Salzburg Seminar Fellow, Austria
  • 2000 - Salzburg Seminar Fellow, Austria
  • 1998 - Yale University China Studies Fellow, University of Hongkong
  • 2007 - Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia
  • 1987 - Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society (lifetime)
  • 2016 - JCU LTSE grant: E-book production (Public Relations); $2000
  • 2015 - JCU LTSE grant: Curriculum Research on 3Cs in Mental Health Education in Social Work; $10,000 with Dr Abraham Francis, Dr Narayan Gopalkrishnan and Ms Claire Swift (JCU Library)
  • 2015 - JCU LTSE grant: E-book production (Public Relations); $2000
  • 2013 - JCU TLD grant: Curriculum Mapping; $10,510 with the Modern Languages discipline
  • 2009 - JCU Faculty Grants Scheme, $3900 Media industry perspectives on journalism student's work readiness

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 28+ research outputs authored by Dr Amy Forbes from 2002 onwards.


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