I am Head of School of Media, Film and Journalism, launched in 2014. I teach and research across a range of areas in journalism.
I am interested in storytelling and the power of sharing personal experiences online and through audio. My latest research into how American narrative styles are influencing what we hear on Australian radio was featured in my one-hour 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 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 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to build the Australian Asbestos Network website. The AAN aims 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, mostly using qualitative methodologies:
- Radio Studies, including both traditional and creative production theses
- Storytelling and social impact
- Practice led research in journalism
- Journalism Studies
- Asbestos awareness and communication
- Journalism and trauma
- Gender and media
- 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