I am Head of School of the School of Journalism, Australian and Indigenous Studies. I teach and research across a range of areas in journalism l but my special interest is long format radio production. In 2012 I completed a secondment as part of an Inaugural Industry Placement with ABC Radio National in Melbourne. Being a Visiting Producer for the Hindsight and 360documentaries programs allowed me to immerse myself in journalism practice. I described this innovative internship in an article for the Walkley Magazine.
In the last five years I have been commissioned and produced seven major radio documentaries broadcast on ABC Radio National. Three of the productions were research outcomes from ARC Linkage and NHMRC project grants.
I am the co-author of Australian Broadcast Journalism which is about to appear in its third edition (OUP, 2013). The book has been very successful. The second edition (2006) was a set text in broadcast journalism at 16 Australian tertiary institutions. I also co-authored the Swedish radio journalism book Den Sjalvkorda Radioboken (Liber, 2005).
My research has bridged the gap between journalistic practice and academe and I have developed a model for practice-based research in radio journalism which blends practice and theory. This model has generated interest internationally resulting in multiple international and national conference presentations and publications.
My second research area is asbestos and particularly how story telling can assist in raising awareness about the dangerous material. I have been Chief Investigator, CI, on two research projects funded by the NHMRC to build the Australian Asbestos Network website. I was also CI on the ARC linkage funded Midland Workshops History project telling stories about the iconic railway workshop in Perth.
I supervise post graduate students in the following areas:
- Practice led research in journalism
- Storytelling and social impact
- Asbestos awareness and communication
- Reporting trauma
- Community media
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