I am an associate professor and head of journalism at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne. I teach journalism practice (radio, television, studio), journalism studies and research communication skills for higher education students.
I research in the areas of international newsgathering, transnational broadcasting, social media, public interest journalism and terrorism coverage.
My most recent research projects have examined the global news agencies' use of UGC from Syria (2017) , fixers setting up their own businesses (2018) and how media editors see the coverage of terrorism in six different countries (2019).
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 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 AP. I am most active on social media on Twitter as @ivorytowerjourn.
Associate professor, Swinburne University
Senior lecturer, Monash University
Senior lecturer, Deakin University
Lecturer, Deakin University
Journalist, BBC, ITN, APTN, ABC, SBS, TF1, CBC
University of Melbourne , PhD, Media & Communications
City University, MA International Journalism
The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies, Foreign Correspondents and Bureaus
Media, War and Conflict, 'The global television news agencies and their handling of user generated content video from Syria',
Guardian: Game of Editions. LSE Working Paper 39. ISSN: 1474-1938-1946, Media@LSE Working Paper Series - number 39. ISSN: 1474-1938-1946
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.
Foreign Correspondents and International Newsgathering: The Role of Fixers, Routledge Research in Journalism
The Vulture Club: international newsgathering via Facebook, Australian Journalism Review
International Fixers: Cultural interpreters or ‘People Like Us’? , Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communications Ethics
ABC News 24 and BBC World: a study of limited resources and challenging newsgathering. , Australian Journalism Review
Foreign Correspondents and fixers: an investigation of teamwork in television newsgathering, Melbourne University Doctoral Thesis
Baghdad bureaux: an exploration of the inter-connected world of fixers and correspondents at the BBC and CNN. , Media, War and Conflict
Fixers and foreign correspondents: news production and autonomy., Australian Journalism Review
Gatekeepers : going, going, gone -the challenge of citizenship journalism to traditional practice., Australian journalism review
Interactive student podcasting: the emerging technology of choice., Proceedings of the 2nd joint JEANZ/JEA Conference, AUT.
Grants and Contracts
Australian and Canadian public service broadcasting: an investigation of international newsgathering capabilities on restricted budgets.
Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research: Early Career Researcher.
Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation (ALTC) for outstanding contributions to student learning
European Union Erasmus Mundus Senior Journalism Fellowship
Strategic Teaching & Learning Grant
Strategic Teaching & Learning Grant
Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia - Executive