Dr Janine Little



Senior Lecturer in Communication


Faculty of Arts and Education


SCCA Arts & Ed


Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Queensland, 1992
Master of Arts, University of Queensland, 1995
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Queensland, 1999
Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Teaching & Learning, University of Southern QLD, 2007


Janine is the sole author of Journalism Ethics and Law: Stories of Media Practice, published by Oxford University Press in 2013. She is also one of the co-authors of the Cambridge University Press journalism text, So You Want To Be A Journalist: Unplugged (2nd ed. 2012), and sole author of more than 30 critical essays, articles and research papers, as well as creative non-fiction.

She chairs and teaches into the media law and ethics undergraduate unit in the Communication degrees, and the postgraduate journalism-focused Law Media Communication unit in the Masters program.

Her current research interest is in gender and the media, particularly narratives of criminal justice and violence against women.

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Career highlights

Publication of sole authored book with Oxford University Press, 2013

APN News and Media Work-Integrated Learning Journalism Training Program, 2006-07 (Coordinator, Writer, Examiner)

Dean's Commendation for Outstanding Achievement for GPA 7 in Grad Cert Tertiary Teaching, 2007 (USQ)

Queensland Country Press Association Award for Individual Journalistic Excellence First Prize 2000; 3rd 2001

Research interests

I am available to supervise Honours and HDR projects in the following areas

Media Law and Ethics

Gender and Media

Violence against women


Creative Non-fiction


Cultural Studies Association of Australasia (Member)

Australia and New Zealand Communication Association (Member)

 Australian Women's and Gender Studies Association (Member)

Journalism Education and Research Association Australia (JERAA) (Member)

Teaching interests

Media Law and Ethics

Units taught

ACC717 Law Media Communication (2015)

ACC213 Media Law and Ethics (2009-2012; 2014-2016)

ALJ112 News Reporting B (Unit Chair 2008-2011; teaching 2008-11, 2013, 2015)

ALJ111 News Reporting A (2012)

ALJ722 Investigative and Narrative Journalism (2008-2014)

Knowledge areas

Violence against women

Media law and ethics

Cultural studies



Violence against women Media Law and Ethics
  • Culture
  • Gender issues
  • Journalism

Professional activities

Peer reviewer for book publishers, journals, and government research organisations.

Peer reviewer of research reports for Australian National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) 2015-16

Occasional media commentary/publishing

Editorial board, Hecate: A Women's Interdisciplinary Journal


The George Essex Evans Prize (UQ, 1991)

The Venerable Archdeacon Edward Leo Hayes Scholarship (UQ, 1993)

Australian Postgraduate Award (UQ 1993)

Dean's Commendation for Outstanding Achievement, Faculty of Education, USQ, 2007 (Grad.Cert. Tertiary Teaching)

Qld Country Press Association Award for Individual Journalistic Excellence 2000


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Jill Meagher CCTV gothic tendencies in narratives of violence and gender justice

Dr Janine Little

(2015), Vol. 15, pp. 397-410, Feminist media studies, London, Eng., C1


Family violence happens to everybody: gender, mental health and violence in Australian media representations of filicide 2010–2014

Dr Janine Little

(2015), Vol. 29, pp. 605-616, Continuum: journal of media and cultural studies, London, Eng., C1


Tracks to advocacy: journalism studies, animal rights and Australian media law

Dr Janine Little

(2014), Vol. 24, pp. 257-268, Asia Pacific media educator, New Delhi, India, C1


Journalism ethics and law: stories of media practice

Dr Janine Little

(2013), South Melbourne, Vic., A1


Animal rights and media ethics in Australia: advocacy journalism?

Dr Janine Little

(2013), pp. 1-6, 2nd Annual International Conference on Journalism and Mass Communications 2013, Singapore, E1


Enraged Aborigines at the Embassy Ball : media representations of indigenous Australia

Dr Janine Little

(2012), pp. 40-55, Introductory indigenous studies in education : reflection and the importance of knowing, Frenchs Forest, N. S. W., B1


From Masterchef to the Arab spring via Wikileaks : social media and political change

Henk Huijser, Dr Janine Little

(2011), Vol. 1, pp. 1-17, New Zealand journal of interdisciplinary studies, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, C1


Bogans run : American dreams, Australian news and other stories

Dr Janine Little

(2011), Vol. 31, pp. 1-8, Griffith review, Nathan, Qld., C1


Unusual suspects : a newspaper's coverage of a scuba diving rescue and journalism's role in narrating Australia

Dr Janine Little

(2011), Vol. 11, pp. 21-30, Ejournalist : a refereed media journal, North Rockhampton, Qld., C1


‘The ephemeral’ crime story and longer investigations : journalism and recent Australian creative non-fiction on court trials

Dr Janine Little

(2010), pp. 1-13, Proceedings of the inaugural Media Investigative Journalism Technology Conference 2010, Auckland, N.Z., E1


Journalism, creative non-fiction and Australia's black history : The Tall Man and cross-cultural source relationships

Dr Janine Little

(2010), Vol. 32, pp. 47-58, Australian journalism review, Adelaide, S. Aust., C1


Re-framing the riot : journalism, creative non-fiction and telling the story of Australia's black history

Dr Janine Little

(2009), pp. 1-11, JEANZ 2009 : Proceedings of the 2009 Journalism Education Association of New Zealand Conference, Rotorua, N.Z., E1-1


Getup! for what? Issues-driven democracy in a transforming public sphere

Henk Huijser, Dr Janine Little

(2008), Vol. 16, pp. 1-11, Transformations, Bundaberg, QLD., C1-1


Teaching narrative journalism and the APN Professional Development Program

Dr Janine Little, M Sankey

(2007), Vol. 1, pp. 113-123, Asia Pacific media educator, Wollongong, N.S.W., C1-1


Perspectives on assessment practices in Australian journalism education

Dr Janine Little

(2006), Vol. 17, pp. 90-103, Australian studies in journalism, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1


The innocence in her beautiful green eyes : speculations on seduction and the 'feminine' in the Australian news media

Dr Janine Little

(2006), Vol. 12, pp. 135-145, Pacific journalism review, Auckland, New Zealand, C1-1


(Re)-citing the sovereign source : media representations of Indigenous peoples

Dr Janine Little

(2005), pp. 101-116, Introductory indigenous studies in education : the importance of knowing, Frenchs Forest, N.S.W., B1-1


Working contacts : finding and keeping reliable sources

Dr Janine Little

(2005), pp. 54-58, Release the hounds : a guide to research for journalists and writers, Crows Nest, N.S.W., B1-1


'Be it on your head' : discontinuities in history and conscience in Australian journalism

Dr Janine Little

(2003), pp. 1-1, Journal of politics and culture, Poughkeepsie, NY, C1-1


Australian cleverwoman : an Aboriginal writer beats the blues

Dr Janine Little

(1998), Vol. 40, pp. 33-46, Race and class, London, England, C1-1


Nothing like the real thing : post colonialism and travelling

Dr Janine Little

(1998), Vol. 24, pp. 72-84, Hecate : an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, St Lucia, Qld., C1-1


The shock of body against body : history and the politics of despair in current theories of difference.

Dr Janine Little

(1997), Vol. 23, pp. 121-140, Hecate : an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, St Lucia, Qld., C1-1


The last interview : Mudrooroo talks with Janine Little and Carole Ferrier

Dr Janine Little

(1997), pp. 1-1, The indigenous literature of Australia : Milli Milli Wangka, Melbourne, Vic., B1-1


Placing authority in Aboriginal women's prose

Dr Janine Little

(1995), pp. 45-58, Voices of a margin : speaking for yourself, Rockhampton, Qld., B1-1


Deadly work : reading the short fiction of Archie Weller

Dr Janine Little

(1993), Vol. 16, pp. 190-199, Australian literary studies, Wollongong, N. S. W., C1-1



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