Who we are:
The Media Centre for Education Research Australia (MCERA) is an independent, not-for-profit national organisation committed to improving the quality of research-informed education reporting in the news media.
MCERA acts as a conduit for educational research to be disseminated through print, electronic and online media. The Centre links journalists with leading experts for their stories, provides researchers a channel to comment to the media on topical issues in education, and communicates research findings on educational best practice in early childhood, schools, university and vocational education. Together, these functions provide journalists and the public with authoritative, independent and accessible insights from education research.
- Assist the media and newsrooms to provide more accurate and informed coverage of educational issues;
- Identify and encourage individual educational researchers to engage with the media, in particular, when their specialist areas of expertise are in the headlines or become a matter of public interest;
- Promote well-informed education news, facilitating contact between the media and educational researchers; and
- Support educational researchers to effectively engage with the media.
Education is central to the wellbeing of 21st century Australia. The crucial role of our educational institutions is to develop children, young people and adults – spanning many ages, cultures, ethnicities and social backgrounds – for their current and future lives as citizens, workers, family, and community members. This role demands that policy-making, educational practice and public dialogue be informed by engagement with high quality research.