Deputy Co-ordinator, Journalism Program, Swinburne University of Technology

I have more than 40 years journalism experience, including holding senior writing and editing positions in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. I have a particular interest in the transition from industry to the Academy.

As well as journalism qualifications and a PhD in writing from Swinburne University I have a degree in textile design. My PhD project, Disruptive Knitting: How knitters are changing the world, a book intended for commercial publication, combined both my writing and textile expertise. It focuses on politics, gender and knitting in Australia.


  • 2017–present
    Acting program coordinator, Journalism Program, Swinburne University
  • 2015–present
    Lecturer, Journalism Program, Swinburne University
  • 1976–2015
    Journalist and editor, Various roles, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong
  • 2013–2015
    Adjunct teaching fellow, Journalism Program, Swinburne University
  • 2011–2015
    sessional tutor, Journalism Program, Swinburne University
  • 2010–2013
    AusSud project tutor and mentor, Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne
  • 2010–2010
    Early childhood media project researcher, Centre for Advancing Journalism, University of Melbourne


  • 1999 
    RMIT University, BA (textile design)
  • 1978 
    Canterbury University , Diploma in Journalism
  • 1974 
    Waikato University, B Soc Sci


  • 2017
    Proyek Sepaham: An Experiment in Cross-cultural and Collaborative Journalism Education, with A Dodd, C Pasandaran, AW Octavianto & FXLD Mardjianto in Asia Pacific Media Educator Vol 27, No 1
  • 2016
    Upstarts in Media Innovation and Disruption, Eds: H Sykes & A Dodd; Pub: Future Leaders

Professional Memberships

  • Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia
  • Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance
  • Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (journalism chair)