Associate Professor & Head of Journalism, Edith Cowan University

Associate Professor Trevor Cullen is Head of Journalism
at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. He has worked at ECU since 2002 as a lecturer, course coordinator and Program Director and he has received university and national awards for Excellence in Teaching.

Prof Cullen is also the recipient of an Australian Research Council grant to build supportive online communities for heart patients, and an Australian Teaching and Learning Grant to review tertiary Journalism courses at 29 universities.

He has served as an academic staff member on ECU's Academic Board and the university's Research and Higher Degrees committee.

Prof Cullen is involved in several community projects that range from helping journalism students to work with Indigenous communities to teaching socially disadvantaged adults at the Catalyst Cement Program.

He is the author of more than 30 book chapters, journal articles and conference papers on the media coverage of health and also AIDS, and he has led UN, AusAid, CPA and SPC sponsored workshops for journalists in the Asia Pacific region on reporting health and HIV.

Prof Cullen is a member of the International AIDS Society (IAS) and he continues to conduct HIV workshops and speak at international AIDS conferences.

Experience

  • 1994–1995
    Reporter, CNS (Rome)
  • 1992–1993
    Researcher and reporter, BBC World Service
  • 1989–1991
    Editor, The Way (Malawi)

Education

  • 2008 
    Edith Cowan University, Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching
  • 2000 
    Queensland University, PhD
  • 1993 
    City University, London, MA
  • 1981 
    Louvain university, Belgium, MA
  • 1980 
    Louvain University, STB (Hons)

Publications

  • 2014
    ullen, T. Mind the Gap: Health reporting in the Pacific. Pacific Journalism Review 20 (1) 200 - 2012.,
  • 2014
    Cullen, T. Industry needs and tertiary journalism education: views from news editors in Western Australia. Teaching and Learning Forum, 2014, University of Western Australia, Perth, 30th January.,
  • 2013
    Cullen, T. Exploring ways to improve online health stories. eJournalist, Volume 13 ( 2) .,
  • 2013
    Cullen, T. Online health information: Shortcomings and challenges.The Australia and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) Conference, Fremantle, Western Australia, 5th July. ,
  • 2012
    Cullen, T., Stewart, H., Williams, M., Johnston, M., Phillips, G., Mulligan, P., Bowman, L., Meadows. Indigenous Voice Closing the Gap and Putting Communication for Social Change into Practice. Asia Pacific Media Educator 22 (1), 55-67.,
  • 2011
    Cullen, T. Health Reporting: The missing links. Ejournalist. Vol 11 (2) 137-147. ,
  • 2010
    The use of narrative fiction to spread HIV information in Papua New Guinea, Ejournalist. Vol 10 (2) 32- 44.
  • 2010
    Promises, Promises, Promises. What Universities promise journalism students. , Australian Journalism Review Vol 32(1)
  • 2010
    Reporting HIV in Papua New Guinea: trends and omissions from 2000 to 2010, Pacific Journalism Review. Vol 16 (2) 139-153.
  • 2009
    Cullen, T.Health communication theories: Implications for HIV reporting in Asia and the Pacific. Asia Pacific Media Educator. 1(19) 112-125 ,
  • 2009
    Reporting HIV and its broader impact in Asia: The case of Papua New Guinea, Liberalising, Feminizing and Popularizing Health Communications in Asia, pp. 43-58. London:Ashgate.
  • 2009
    Student journalists learn about Aboriginal communities and culture in Western Australia., Asia Pacific Media Educator. (20)1.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2014
    Beyond the Red Ribbon: Improving HIV and STI awareness and responses through media and community engagement.
    Role:
    Chief Researcher
    Funding Source:
    ECU Industry Collaboration Grant
  • 2013
    Narratives in health communication - a multi-disciplinary approach to strengthen understanding of the roles and uses of narratives in conveying health information and changing health behaviours, 2013 - 2016, $123,525.
    Role:
    Researcher
    Funding Source:
    European Commission, Marie Curie Actions - IRSES,
  • 2012
    Graduate Qualities and Journalism Curriculum Renewal: Balancing Tertiary Expectations and Industry Needs in a Changing Technological Environment, University of Wollongong, ALTC Grant, 2011 - 2013, $10,404.
    Role:
    Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Office of Learning and Teaching
  • 2007
    Construction of the subject as heart patient in the context of the gift economy.
    Role:
    Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Australian Research Council Grant

Research Areas

  • Journalism Studies (190301)
  • Journalism And Professional Writing (1903)
  • Health Promotion (111712)
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