I am Head of School of Media, Film and Journalism, teaching and researching across a range of areas in journalism.
I am interested in journalistic storytelling and the power of sharing personal experiences online and through audio forms. My research on the transformation of radio and podcast forms and aesthetics was featured in a Radiotonic program on ABC Radio National.
Many of my research projects incorporate radio documentaries and websites, as so-called Non-Traditional Research Outputs (NTRO). This is an effective way to share research findings with a broader audience outside academic peer-reviewed publications.
I have been Chief Investigator, CI, on two research projects funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to build the Australian Asbestos Network (AAN) website. The AAN aimed to raise awareness of dangers 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.
I supervise Honours, Masters and PhD students in the following and related areas:
- Radio Studies, including both traditional and creative production theses
- Storytelling and social impact
- Journalism Studies
- Health Communication
- Practice led research in journalism
- Journalism, memory and trauma
- 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