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 the media for input 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 on education.
- 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 benefits of a high quality and inclusive education system—clear-thinking citizens, equitable outcomes, and a well-trained, resourceful workforce—will be indispensable to the creation of new jobs and to the health of Australian democracy in a time of geopolitical, economic, and technological disruption. To ensure that Australia has such a system, it is essential that policy-making, educational practice and public dialogue be informed by engagement with high quality research.