Dr Kristy Hess

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer In Communication

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Ed

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts, Deakin University, 2001
Bachelor of Philosophy, University of South Australia, 2014

Contact

kristy.hess@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 556 33118

Biography summary

Kristy Hess is a leader of research into local and community media at Deakin University. She is also the academic director of the CPA/Deakin community journalism program and an editorial board member of the international journal Digital Journalism. Kristy is currently guest editing special issues of Journalism Studies (UK) and the Australian Journalism Review. She is also the co-author of Local Journalism in a Digital World (Palgrave MacMillan) with her colleague Lisa Waller.  Kristy is the recipient of an Office of Teaching and Learning Citation (2014) for contribution to enhancing student learning and was nominated for a National Award Teaching Award (2015).

Research interests

 local, hyperlocal and community news; media power and society, social capital, media and civic participation, 'naming and shaming' in digital times, media at the margins of society, Bourdieusian scholarship

Teaching interests

Country Press Australia/Deakin University academic coordinator

Units taught

ALJ111

ALJ304

Honours supervision 

Awards

- National Teaching Excellence Award nomination, 2015

- OLT Citation for teaching excellence, 2014

- APA Scholarship PhD University of South Australia 2010-2013

- Deakin University Vice Chancellor Award for Teaching Excellence ,2009

- Deakin University Vice Chancellor Award for Contribution to Rural and Regional Engagement, 2009

- Dean's award for excellence in team teaching 2009

- Deakin University Faculty of Arts & Education teaching award for an early career
teacher, 2008.

Projects

FOR CURRENT RESEARCH OUTPUT PLEASE VIEW https://deakin.academia.edu/KristyHess

LATEST BOOK

Hess K & Waller L (2017) Local journalism in a digital world, Palgrave MacMillan, London.

GUEST EDITOR ROLES

Gutsche, R & Hess K (2017) Contesting communities: Journalism and social order in a fragmented media world, Journalism Studies, UK.

Call for Papers: http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/ah/journalism-studies-resource-centre/calls-for-papers/contesting-communities

Hess K and Waller L (2016) Rethinking media and local government, Australian Journalism Review.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

- digitally-mediated civic participation in rural/regional Australia.

- Edward Wilson Trust research into rural/regional media  (with Julie Freeman & Lisa Waller, Deakin University)

- Media at the Margins (with Lisa Waller & Kristin Demetrious, Deakin University)

- journalism and social order (with Ted Gutsche, Florida International University)

- theorising news media and cultural borders/boundaries (with Professor Ian Richards, UniSA)

- rethinking Bourdieu and centre/periphery relations (with Julie Rowlands, Deakin University)

- media shaming in a digital era (with Lisa Waller, Deakin University)

Publications

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2017

Shifting foundations: journalism and the power of the 'common good'

K Hess

(2017), Vol. 18, pp. 801-816, Journalism, London, Eng., C1

journal

Local journalism in a digital world

K Hess, L Waller

(2017), London, Eng., A1

book

Making inroads: a critical examination of the ABC's commitment to local news

J Freeman, K Hess, L Waller

(2017), Vol. 165, pp. 117-130, Media international Australia, London, Eng., C1

journal

Journalism and the "social sphere": reclaiming a foundational concept for beyond politics and the public sphere

K Hess, R Gutsche

(2017), pp. 1-16, Journalism Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Communication life line? ABC emergency broadcasting in rural/regional Australia

J Freeman, K Hess, L Waller

(2017), pp. 1-20, Communication research and practice, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal
2016

River flows and profit flows: the powerful logic driving local news

K Hess, L Waller

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 263-276, Journalism studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal

Hip to be hyper: The subculture of excessively local news

K Hess, L Waller

(2016), Vol. 4, pp. 193-210, Digital journalism, London, Eng., C1

journal

Ritual power : illuminating the blind spot of births, deaths and marriages in news media research

K Hess

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 511-526, Journalism : theory practice criticism, Thousand Oaks, Calif., C1

journal

Witness, judge or watchdog?: Journalism and regional courts

K Hess, L Waller

(2016), pp. 120-128, Locating crime in context and place, Sydney, N.S.W., B1

chapter

Power to the virtuous? Civic culture in the changing digital terrain

K Hess

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 925-934, Journalism studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Rethinking news media and local government: journalism, politics and symbolic power

K Hess, L waller

(2016), Vol. 38, pp. 5-17, Australian journalism review, Bathurst, N.S.W., C1

journal

Twitter feeders: an analysis of dominant 'voices' and patterns in a local government mosque controversy

L Waller, K Hess, K Demetrious

(2016), Vol. 38, pp. 47-60, Australian journalism review, Adelaide, Sth. Aust., C1

journal
2015

Community journalism in Australia: a media power perspective

K Hess, L Waller

(2015), Vol. 4, pp. 2-9, Community journalism, Texas, U.S., C1

journal

Friend or foe? Regional newspapers and the power of Facebook

K Hess, K Bowd

(2015), Vol. 156, pp. 19-28, Media international Australia, Thousand Oaks, Calif., C1

journal
2014

The digital pillory: media shaming of 'ordinary' people for minor crimes

K Hess, L Waller

(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 101-111, Continuum: journal of media & cultural studies, Abingdon, England, C1

journal

Geo-social journalism: reorienting the study of small commercial newspapers in a digital environment

K Hess, L Waller

(2014), Vol. 8, pp. 121-136, Journalism practice, Abingdon, England, C1

journal

Are there news gaps in rural/regional Australia? Researching media plurality beyond Finkelstein

L Waller, K Hess, M Ricketson

(2014), Vol. 36, pp. 157-169, Australian journalism review, Adelaide, S.Aust., C1

journal

Making connections: mediated social capital and the small town press

K Hess

(2014), Vol. 16, pp. 482-496, Journalism studies, London, Eng., C1-1

journal
2013

Breaking Boundaries : recasting the "local" newspaper as "geo-social" news in a digital landscape

K Hess

(2013), Vol. 1, pp. 48-63, Digital journalism, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal

Tertius tactics : 'mediated social capital' as a resource of power for traditional commercial news media

K Hess

(2013), Vol. 23, pp. 112-130, Communication theory, London, England, C1

journal

News judgements: a critical examination of reporting non-convictions for minor crimes

K Hess, L Waller

(2013), Vol. 35, pp. 59-70, Australian journalism review, Magill, South Australia, C1

journal

Honk against homophobia : rethinking relations between media and sexual minorities

P Venzo, K Hess

(2013), Vol. 60, pp. 1539-1556, Journal of homosexuality, Abingdon, England, C1

journal
2012

'The Snowtown we know and love' : small newspapers and heinous crimes

K Hess, L Waller

(2012), Vol. 21, pp. 116-125, Rural society, Maleny, Qld., C1

journal
2011

Blockbusters for the youtube generation : a new product of convergence culture

K Hess, L Waller

(2011), Vol. 19, pp. 1-12, Refractory : a journal of entertainment media, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal

Packaged good : responses from Australian journalism educators on the Reporting Diversity project

K Hess, L Waller

(2011), Vol. 17, pp. 11-26, Pacific journalism review, Auckland, New Zealand, C1

journal

The pillory effect : media, the courts and the punitive role of public shaming in Australia

L Waller, K Hess

(2011), Vol. 16, pp. 229-240, Media and arts law review, Chatswood, N.S.W., C1

journal
2010

Teaching journalism students and regional reporters how to work with cultural diversity

K Hess, L Waller

(2010), pp. 137-152, Asia Pacific media educator, Wollongong, N.S.W., C1

journal
2009

Play it again, Sam : How journalists cashed in on Youtube's favourite koala

K Hess, L Waller

(2009), Vol. 31, pp. 75-84, Australian journalism review, St. Lucia, Qld., C1

journal
2008

An exploratory study of relationships between local government media officers and journalists in regional Australia

K Hess, L Waller

(2008), Vol. 9, pp. 151-159, Asia Pacific public relations journal, Geelong, Vic., C1-1

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Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Naming and shaming: A multi-perspectival view of media shaming for minor crimes and its relationship to the courts

A/Prof Lisa Waller, Dr Kristy Hess

  • 2014: $2,000
  • 2013: $3,000

Mixed Fortunes: An examination of circulation rise and decline in two Victorian news communities

Dr Kristy Hess

  • 2016: $4,558

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report