Julianne Schultz

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Professor Julianne Schultz AM FAHA (born 1956) is an Australian academic, media manager, author and editor of more than fifty books, and founding Editor of the Australian literary and current affairs journal Griffith Review. She is currently a Professor at Griffith University's Centre for Social and Cultural Research.

Early years and education[edit]

Schultz was born on 2 January 1956 in Hamilton, New Zealand. Her father, Dr Noel Schultz was born and brought up in the Darling Downs in Queensland and married Dr Cynthia Weiss in Adelaide in 1955 after he graduated from Concordia Lutheran College. Cynthia was a Deaconess of the Lutheran Church in South Australia. Noel Schultz was appointed the Lutheran pastor at Hamilton, NZ and was subsequently appointed pastor at Gilgandra, NSW, Tabor in Victoria and Brisbane, before joining the Uniting Church in Melbourne. Cynthia Schultz trained as a psychologist at the University of Queensland and subsequently taught at La Trobe University, Melbourne. Julianne Schultz completed her school education at St Peters Lutheran College in Brisbane and went on to gain a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism at the University of Queensland, graduating in 1976. She was co-editor, with Jane Camens, of the University of Queensland student newspaper Semper Floreat. Schultz later completed a PhD at the University of Sydney in 1996, in which she explored the contemporary relevance of the fourth estate to the practice of journalism in Australia.[2] She was awarded a Graduate Certificate in Management from the Australian Graduate School of Management, University of New South Wales in 2003.


Schultz began her career as a researcher and producer in radio with the ABC in Brisbane and in 1977 moved to The Australian Financial Review in Melbourne as a reporter. After working as a journalist in London, she became a producer for ABC TV on Four Corners in Sydney in 1981 and was appointed as Lecturer in Journalism at the NSW Institute of Technology (later UTS) the following year. She was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1986 and to Associate Professor in 1989, when she became the Founding Director of the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, which she led until 1994.

She was a Visiting Fellow at the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University between 1991 and 1994, and after moving to Brisbane in 1994 was appointed Adjunct Professor in Journalism at the Queensland University of Technology. She joined The Courier-Mail as Associate Editor and columnist between 1995 and 1997. In 1998, Schultz took up the position of General Manager, Corporate Strategy and Communications for the ABC in Sydney, where she was employed until 2000.

She has been a director of Strategies & Solutions Group Pty Ltd, and undertook many consulting projects focusing on media, digital futures and culture. In 2003, Schultz was appointed Professor and founding Editor of Griffith Review, published by Griffith University. Griffith Review has since published work from almost one thousand authors, and more than 150 fiction and non-fiction books have been developed from essays and stories first published in the journal, which marked its 50th edition in 2015. Schultz became Publisher of Griffith Review in 2018, with author Ashley Hay taking over the role of Editor.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Julianne Schultz is married to technology consultant Ian Reinecke AM and has two children. She has a sister, Cindy Schultz Ferguson, a former management consultant, and a brother, Andrew Schultz, a well-known classical music composer. Julianne wrote the libretti of two operas written by Andrew – Going into Shadows (2001) and Black River (1992).[2]


Julianne Schultz was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the community as a writer, editor and academic in 2009. She was elected the following year as an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities. She was awarded a special commendation from the Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission for excellence in commentary at The Courier-Mail in 1997.[3] The film adaptation of Black River, (directed by Kevin Lucas) won the Opera Screen Grand Prix at Opéra Bastille, Paris[4] in 1993.

Professional roles[edit]

Schultz has held numerous Board-level roles in her professional career, including Member of the Ideas for Australia Advisory Committee, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University (1991–4); Coordinator, Brisbane Women’s Media Forum (1997); Member, Appeal Committee, Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (1997); Member of ABC Independent Complaints Review panel (1996–8); Ambassador, Australian Indigenous Educational Foundation (2008–13); Advisory Board, Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne (2000–present). She has been a judge of major literary and journalism awards, including chairing the panel for the Premier’s award for work of state significance at the Queensland Literary Awards in 2015.

Schultz was appointed as Co-chair with actor Cate Blanchett of the Creative Australia Stream for the 2020 Summit at Parliament House, Canberra in 2008. From 2009 to 2013, she was Chair of the Queensland Design Council and Chair of the National Cultural Policy Reference Group (2011–13).

Schultz was Chair of the Council of the Australian Film Television and Radio Authority from 2012 to 2015,[5] and resumed the position for one year from March 2016.[6] From 2009 to 2014, she was a Director of the Board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and between 1998 and 2013 she was a Director of the Grattan Institute, Melbourne. She was Director of the Copyright Agency Ltd between 1997 and 2000 and a Director of the Communications Law Centre between 1990 and 1994.


Schultz has published numerous academic articles exploring issues in the media, work and technological change, including The Phone Book (with Ian Reinecke, 1983); Steel City Blues (1985) and Reviving the Fourth Estate (1998). She has contributed to and edited Journalism: Print Politics & Popular Culture (with Ann Curthoys, 1999) and Not Just Another Business (1994).

Griffith Review[edit]

  • First Things First, co-edited with Sandra Phillips, Griffith Review 60, Text Publishing, 2018 (264 pp)
  • Commonwealth Now, co-edited with Jane Camens, Griffith Review 59, Text Publishing, 2018 (264 pp)
  • Storied Lives – The Novella Project V, Griffith Review 58, Text Publishing, 2017 (264 pp)
  • Perils of Populism, Griffith Review 57, Text Publishing, 2017 (264 pp)
  • Millennials Strike Back, co-edited with Jerath Head, Griffith Review 56, Text Publishing, 2017 (264 pp)
  • State of Hope, co-edited with Patrick Allington, Griffith Review 55, Text Publishing, 2017 (264 pp)
  • Earthly Delights – The Novella Project IV, Griffith Review 54, Text Publishing, 2016 (264 pp)
  • Our Sporting Life, Griffith Review 53, Text Publishing, 2016 (264 pp)
  • Imagining the Future, co-edited with Brendan Gleeson, Griffith Review 52, Text Publishing, 2016 (264 pp)
  • Fixing the System, co-edited with Anne Tiernan, Griffith Review 51, Text Publishing, 2016 (264 pp)
  • Tall Tales Short – The Novella Project III, co-edited with Aviva Tuffield, Griffith Review 50, Text Publishing, 2015 (259 pp)
  • New Asia Now, co-edited with Jane Camens, Griffith Review 49, Text Publishing, Melbourne 2015 (355 pp) + Volume Two e-book
  • Enduring Legacies, co-edited with Peter Cochrane, Griffith Review 48, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2015 (307 pp)
  • Looking West, co-edited with Anna Haebich, Griffith Review 47, Text Publishing, Melbourne 2015 (327 pp)
  • Forgotten Stories – The Novella Project II, co-edited with Sally Breen, Griffith Review 46, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2014 (294 pp)
  • The Way We Work, Griffith Review 45, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2014 (264 pp) + When We Were Kings e-book
  • Cultural Solutions, Griffith Review 44, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2014 (264 pp) + Notes From the Front e-book
  • Pacific Highways, co-edited with Lloyd Jones, Griffith Review 43, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2014 (300 pp) + Volume Two e-book
  • Once Upon a Time in Oz, co-edited with Carmel Bird, Griffith Review 42, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2013 (264 pp)
  • Now We are Ten, Griffith Review 41, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2013 (288 pp)
  • WOMEN & POWER, Griffith Review 40, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2013 (288 pp)
  • Tasmania: Tipping Point?, co-edited with Natasha Cica, Griffith Review 39, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2013 (264 pp)
  • The Novella Project, Griffith Review 38, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2012 (296 pp)
  • Small World, Griffith Review 37, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2012 (264 pp)
  • What is Australia For?, Griffith Review 36, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2012 (264 pp) + Some Provocations e-book
  • Surviving, Griffith Review 35, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2012 (264 pp)
  • Annual Fiction Edition, Griffith Review 34, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2011(232 pp)
  • Such is Life, Griffith Review 33, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2011(264 pp)
  • Wicked Problems, Exquisite Dilemmas, Griffith Review 32, Text Publishing, 2011 (264 pp)
  • Ways of Seeing, Griffith Review 31, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2011 (264 pp)
  • Annual Fiction Edition, Griffith Review 30, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2010 (264 pp)
  • Prosper or Perish, Griffith Review 29, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2010 (264 pp)
  • Still the Lucky Country?, Griffith Review 28, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2010 (264 pp)
  • Food Chain, Griffith Review 27, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2010 (264 pp)
  • Annual Fiction Edition, Griffith Review 26, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2009 (264 pp)
  • After the Crisis, Griffith Review 25, Text Publishing, Melbourne, 2009 (264 pp)
  • Participation Society, Griffith Review 24, ABC Books, Sydney, 2009 (266 pp)
  • Essentially Creative, Griffith Review 23, ABC Books, Sydney, 2009 (256 pp)
  • MoneySexPower, Griffith Review 22, ABC Books, Sydney, 2008 (264 pp)
  • Hidden Queensland, Griffith Review 21, ABC Books, Sydney, 2008 (296 pp)
  • Cities on the Edge, Griffith Review 20, ABC Books, Sydney, 2008 (288 pp)
  • Re-imagining Australia, Griffith Review 19, ABC Books, Sydney, 2008 (272 pp)
  • A Revealed Life – Australian writers and their journeys in memoir, ABC Books, Sydney, 2007 (380 pp)
  • In the Neighbourhood, Griffith Review 18, ABC Books, Sydney, 2007 (280 pp)
  • Staying Alive, Griffith Review 17, ABC Books, Sydney, 2007 (264 pp)
  • Unintended Consequences, Griffith Review 16, ABC Books, Sydney, 2007 (264 pp)
  • Divided Nation, Griffith Review 15, ABC Books, Sydney, 2007 (280 pp)
  • The Trouble with Paradise, Griffith Review 14, ABC Books, Sydney, 2006 (266 pp)
  • The Next Big Thing, Griffith Review 13, ABC Books, Sydney, 2006 (288 pp)
  • Hot Air, Griffith Review 12, ABC Books, Sydney, 2006 (284 pp)
  • Getting Smart, Griffith Review 11, ABC Books, Sydney, 2006 (268 pp)
  • Family Politics, Griffith Review 10, ABC Books, Sydney, 2005 (252 pp)
  • Up North, Griffith Review 9, ABC Books, Sydney, 2005 (232 pp)
  • People Like Us, Griffith Review 8, ABC Books, Sydney, 2005 (264 pp)
  • The Lure of Fundamentalism, Griffith Review 7, ABC Books, Sydney, 2005 (268 pp)
  • Our Global Face, Griffith Review 6, ABC Books, Sydney, 2004 (268 pp)
  • Addicted to Celebrity, Griffith Review 5, ABC Books, Sydney, 2004 (268 pp)
  • Making Perfect Bodies, Griffith Review 4, ABC Books, Sydney, 2004 (268 pp)
  • Webs of Power, Griffith Review 3, ABC Books, Sydney, 2004 (268 pp)
  • Dreams of Land, Griffith Review 2, ABC Books, Sydney, 2003 (236 pp)
  • Insecurity in the New World Order, Griffith Review 1, ABC Books 2003 (160 pp)


  1. ^ "A new phase for Griffith Review - Griffith Review". Griffith Review. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Professor Andrew Schultz - Arts & Social Sciences - UNSW Australia". UNSW. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Annual Report, 1997–98" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Andrew Schultz | Wirripang - Australian Composers". australiancomposers.com.au. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Governance: Council". www.aftrs.edu.au. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
  6. ^ "AFTRS: Annual Report" (PDF). www.aftrs.edu.au. Retrieved 23 March 2017.

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