Undergraduate Coordinator for Journalism, Monash University

I am a senior lecturer and researcher in the journalism department at Monash University in Melbourne. I am the convener of the undergraduate program, and I teach journalism practice (radio, television, studio) and journalism studies.

I research in the areas of international newsgathering, transnational broadcasting, social media and terrorism coverage.

My most recent research projects have been on the digital editions of the Guardian, the news agencies' use of UGC from Syria and I am currently investigating how editors see the coverage of terrorism in six different countries.

I have won three internationally competitive research fellowships that have taken me to Oxford University, City University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science.

I am currently the co-secretary of the Journalism Education & Research Association of Australia and a judge for the United Nations Media Peace Prizes.

My book 'Foreign Correspondents and International Newsgathering: The Role of Fixers' was published by Routledge Research (2015). I have a PhD in Media & Comms from the University of Melbourne and a Masters in International Journalism from City University in London.

In my previous career I worked as a reporter, producer and news editor for a number of international news organisations including the BBC, ITN and APTN. I am most active on social media on Twitter as @ivorytowerjourn.

Experience

  • 2016–present
    Senior lecturer, Monash University
  • 2008–2016
    Senior lecturer, Deakin University
  • 2003–2008
    Lecturer, Deakin University
  • 1987–2002
    Journalist, BBC, ITN, APTN, ABC, SBS, TF1, CBC

Education

  • 2011 
    University of Melbourne , PhD, Media & Communications
  • 1986 
    City University, MA International Journalism

Publications

  • 2017
    Media, War and Conflict, 'The global television news agencies and their handling of user generated content video from Syria',
  • 2016
    The International Newsgathering Challenge for Public Service Australian and Canadian 24/7 TV Channels , S Cushion & R Sambrook (eds). The Future of 24-Hour News: New Directions, New Challenges. Peter Lang, New York.
  • 2016
    Guardian: Game of Editions. LSE Working Paper 39. ISSN: 1474-1938-1946, Media@LSE Working Paper Series - number 39. ISSN: 1474-1938-1946
  • 2015
    Foreign Correspondents and International Newsgathering: The Role of Fixers, Routledge Research in Journalism
  • 2014
    The Vulture Club: international newsgathering via Facebook, Australian Journalism Review
  • 2013
    ABC News 24 and BBC World: a study of limited resources and challenging newsgathering. , Australian Journalism Review
  • 2013
    International Fixers: Cultural interpreters or ‘People Like Us’? , Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communications Ethics
  • 2011
    Foreign Correspondents and fixers: an investigation of teamwork in television newsgathering, Melbourne University Doctoral Thesis
  • 2010
    Baghdad bureaux: an exploration of the inter-connected world of fixers and correspondents at the BBC and CNN. , Media, War and Conflict
  • 2009
    Fixers and foreign correspondents: news production and autonomy., Australian Journalism Review
  • 2008
    Gatekeepers : going, going, gone -the challenge of citizenship journalism to traditional practice., Australian journalism review
  • 2006
    Interactive student podcasting: the emerging technology of choice., Proceedings of the 2nd joint JEANZ/JEA Conference, AUT.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2013
    Australian and Canadian public service broadcasting: an investigation of international newsgathering capabilities on restricted budgets.
    Role:
    Sole researcher
    Funding Source:
    JEAA
  • 2010
    Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research: Early Career Researcher.
    Role:
    ECR
    Funding Source:
    Deakin University
  • 2008
    Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation (ALTC) for outstanding contributions to student learning
    Role:
    Awardee
    Funding Source:
    ALTC
  • 2007
    European Union Erasmus Mundus Senior Journalism Fellowship
    Role:
    Research fellow
    Funding Source:
    European Union
  • 2006
    Strategic Teaching & Learning Grant
    Role:
    Co-researcher
    Funding Source:
    Deakin University
  • 2004
    Strategic Teaching & Learning Grant
    Role:
    Team researcher
    Funding Source:
    Deakin University

Professional Memberships

  • Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia - Executive

Research Areas

  • Journalism Studies (190301)
  • Media Studies (200104)