Dr Marie M'Balla-Ndi Oelgemoeller is an Associate Professor in Journalism at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and an adjunct senior lecturer and researcher in journalism at James Cook University. During her time at JCU, Marie headed the Bachelor of Arts and the Multimedia Journalism and Writing discipline in the College of Arts, Society and Education (CASE).

Marie has over a decade of experience as a foreign correspondent for various francophone and anglophone news media outlets and has  completed a PhD in international Journalism and a Master of Journalismr espectively in 2014 and 2009 at The University of Queensland .

She has been teaching journalism and communication courses in Australia since 2009 and has been invited for journalism seminars and short courses in universities in diverse overseas institutions. In addition to her international education and career, Marie is fluent in three languages. She has published nationally and internationally about journalistic practice in a range of generalist disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals and books.

Her doctoral research examines the impact of socio-cultural and political issues, including traditional protocols and values, on contemporary journalism practice in the South Pacific region, with a focus on Vanuatu, Samoa and New Caledonia. Her current research interests lie in exploring exploring issues of globalisation, culture, and  diversity as well as their implications, for journalistic practice in both Western and non-Western contexts.

In addition to her media and communication background at a postgraduate level, Marie also has expertise and interests in the Liberal Arts, Social Sciences, and Teaching and Learning Innovation scholarship.

Find here a list of the projects Marie has been involved in:

- Enhancing the Bachelor of Arts Degree with a focus on work-readiness and employability through internships and placements in the capstone.

- Recipient of a New Colombo Plan initiative, which will allow 20 JCU students to participate in an exchange with the National University of Samoa in 2016 and 2017. Please, get in touch if you are a JCU BA student interested in studying a semester at NUS in Samoa.

- Co-investigator in a research project documenting 150 years of Townsville history through the eyes of the media (in partnership with the Townsville Museum of Tropical Queensland, the Townsville Bulletin and supported by the Townsville City Council).

- Investigator in a project examining issues of bullying and cyberbullying in higher education and promoting online safety.

- Co-investigator in a project promoting the production of sustainable insect repellent made from native plants in New Caledonia with Associate Professor Michael Oelgemoeller and colleagues at the University of New Caledonia. Her role in this project focuses on the media outreach strategy and the design of educational resources promoting the use of sustainable means to fight insect-borne diseases in tropical regions.

Marie is interested in collaborative projects with researchers from institutions worldwide, as well as in the supervision of research students willing to complete higher research degrees in the fields of media, communication, humanities, arts, and governance.

  • Marie is interested in media, communication, political and socio-cultural issues and globalisation in post colonial contexts and non-Western countries. She is keen to engage in collaborations with foreign institutions and researchers. She is currently working with the journalism department of National University of Samoa to develop a collaborative program and network between students and media practitioners in the tropical regions of the world.
  • Marie's teaching interests include journalism practice, communication, governance, indigenous issues, media theories, law and ethics in journalism and communication, investigative reporting, and data journalism.
  • 2021 to present - Associate Professor, University of Ottawa (Ottawa, Canada)
  • 2009 to present - Foreign Correspondent, Les Nouvelles Caledoniennes (New Caledonia)
  • 2013 to 2021 - Lecturer and Head of Multimedia Journalism and Writing, James Cook University (Townsville)
  • 2017 - Visiting academic, Technische Universitat Darmstadt (Germany)
  • 2015 - Visiting academic, National University of Samoa (Apia, Samoa)
  • 2015 - Visiting academic, Universite du Capitole (Toulouse, France)
  • 2012 - Journalist (Cas.), Vanuatu Daily Post (Port Vila, Vanuatu)
  • 2012 - Journalist (Cas.), Samoa Observer (Apia, Samoa)
  • 2011 to 2012 - Academic tutor in Journalism and Communication, Emmanuel College (Australia, Brisbane)
  • 2010 to 2012 - Academic tutor in Journalism and Communication, University of Queensland (Australia, Brisbane)
  • 2011 - Visiting academic, CREDO (Marseille, France)
  • 2009 - Journalist (Cas.), Vanuatu Daily Post (Port Vila, Vanuatu)
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  • 2018 - $10,000 CASE Strategic Funds; Enhancing the Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on work-readiness and employability through internship and placement in the capstone
  • 2021 - Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning - For developing an inclusive and responsive Humanities capstone curriculum that motivates diverse cohorts to develop capabilities for work-readiness as critical thinkers and problem-solvers
  • 2016 to 2018 - New Colombo Plan recipient, $110,000
  • 2016 to 2017 - $8,000 (LTSE) Developing resources to enhance cyber safety across JCU with Dr Margaret Carter and Dr Ariella van Luyn
  • 2014 - Inclusive Teaching Practice Award (JCU)
  • 2010 - Journalism Education Association of Australia Award recipient, $2,000
  • 2015 to 2019 - The Cairns Institute, Member
  • 2016 - Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia, Member
  • 2010 to 2011 - Journalism Education Association of Australia, Member and Award Winner (2010)
  • 2009 to 2010 - Australian Association for the Advancement of Pacific Studies
  • 2017 - Visiting Lectureship - Technische Universitat Darmstadt (Germany)
  • 2015 - Visiting fellow, National University of Samoa
  • 2011 - Visiting fellow, CREDO, Marseille, France

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ResearchOnline@JCU stores 22+ research outputs authored by Dr Marie Oelgemoeller from 2010 onwards.


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These Higher Degree Research projects are either current or by students who have completed their studies within the past 5 years at JCU. Linked titles show theses available within ResearchOnline@JCU.

  • Gendered Violence in the Tropical Pacific: The Use of Storytelling to Address Global Social Inequality (PhD , Secondary Advisor)

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