Kristy Hess is an associate professor of communication at Deakin University. Her research focuses on the relationship between journalism, media innovation, sense of belonging and social order, especially in local and digital settings. She takes a critical cultural sociological approach to her work with specific emphasis on issues of media power and how everyday media-related practices inform understandings of news sustainability in the digital era. She is also interested in understanding centre/periphery tensions, especially in regards to perceptions of the rural, local and agricultural issues. Kristy is the co-author of two books (Palgrave, Routledge), co-editor of two published edited collections (Routledge) and is the associate editor of Digital Journalism (Routledge). She is currently a chief investigator on two projects funded by the Australian Research Council.