I am Head of School of the new School of Media, Film and Journalism. I teach and research across a range of areas in journalism, with a special interest in long format radio production.
I am interested in storytelling and the power of sharing personal experiences, especially through audio. Many of my research projects incorporate radio documentaries and websites as research outcomes. This is an effective way to share information and research findings with a broader audience outside academic peer-reviewed publications.
I have been Chief Investigator, CI, on two research projects funded by the NHMRC to build the Australian Asbestos Network website. The AAN aims to raise awareness and understanding of asbestos by sharing personal stories online. Similarly, I mixed oral history and journalistic approaches for the ARC-funded Midland Workshops History project where people’s recorded memories helped build an audio-visual history of an iconic railway workshop in Perth, Western Australia
In 2012 I completed 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 again in the industry. I described this innovative internship in an article for the Walkley Magazine.
I supervise postgraduate students in the following areas:
- Storytelling and social impact
- Radio documentary forms and production
- Asbestos awareness and communication
- Journalism and trauma
- Practice led research in journalism
- Recently published on The Conversation – ABC Radio National’s new Creative Audio Unit (CAU) launches on Sunday, with two new shows – Radiotonic and Soundproof – presenting a mix of fiction and non-fiction, essays, radio dramas, soundscapes, composed audio features and radio art. Read more