Dr Amy Forbes is Associate Professor of Journalism and Communication, and the College Associate Dean, Learning and Teaching (Cairns).

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

Amy is a journalist and editor who has worked across media platforms over the last 25 years.

She is also 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, and in 2017, moved to tropical Cairns where she is currently based. 




  • BA1001: Time, Truth and the Human Condition (Level 1; CNS)
  • BA3000: Arts Edge (Level 3; CNS)
  • CU1010: Effective Writing (Level 1; CNS)
  • CU3021: Public Relations Campaigns (Level 3; CNS & TSV)
  • JN2011: Communication Law and Ethics: Writing for the Digital World (Level 2; TSV)
  • NM2230: Photography Criticism (Level 2; CNS & TSV)
  • Intergenerational and multicultural communication;
  • Mental health
  • 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)
Research Disciplines
Socio-Economic Objectives
  • 2018 - CASE Strategic Funds; Enhancing the Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on work-readiness and employability through internship and placement in the capstone, $10,000
  • 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 - Carrick Institute for Learning & Teaching, $ 6000 Work Integrated Learning and Multimedia Journalism benchmarking project
  • 2009 - DEEWR (Curriculum Refresh -AUFT), $67.644 Curriculum Refresh project: Establishing the new Bachelor of Multimedia Journalism (with Dr Lindsay Simpson)
  • 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

These are the most recent publications associated with this author. To see a detailed profile of all publications stored at JCU, visit ResearchOnline@JCU. Hover over Altmetrics badges to see social impact.

Journal Articles
Book Chapters
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Other research outputs

ResearchOnline@JCU stores 29+ research outputs authored by A/Prof Amy Forbes from 2002 onwards.

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Townsville City Council - T150 - Anniversary Grant Program

Townsville Past and Present: the city's visual history

Indicative Funding
The outcomes of this project include (1) creating of a new Townsville Artist Achieve within the JCU Library Special Collections (2) Production of eight articles to accompany eight different items from the JCU Special Collections at JCU Library. These articles will be released and promoted via the Townsville Bulletin. (3) A program of monthly displays at the JCU Mabo Library from February 2016 - November 2016 (4) An art exhibition (5) JCU Special Collection Open Day
Bronwyn McBurnie and Amy Forbes (Library & Information Services, College of Arts and Society & Education)

Townsville City Council - T150 - Anniversary Grant Program

Your Stories, Our Histories: 150 Years of Mixed Marriages and War Brides in Townsville and their Contricution to the Success of Multiculturalism in Townsville

Indicative Funding
Using archival materials available at the National Archives of Australia, CityLibraries and interviewing of families involved in mixed marriages, a clear picture of the multicultural landscape in Townsville and north Queensland over the last 150 years will be recorded and examined. We search the past and map the present through an exhibition of photographs, documents and other artefacts, and public lectures on the rich multicultural history of Townsville. Using focus group discussions and interviews, as well as a survey of residents, we vision the future of our city. Another public lecture will be held on this, and a final copy of the report will be included in the CityLibraries Repository for future reference of the public at large.
Wendy Li and Amy Forbes in collaboration with Annette Burns (College of Healthcare Sciences, College of Arts, Society & Education and Townsville City Council)
Multiculturalism; Townsville; History; Mixed marriage; Migration

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