Dr Kristy Hess



Senior Lecturer In Communication


Faculty of Arts and Education


SCCA Arts & Ed


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


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


+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



Honours supervision 


- 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.


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


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


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.


- 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)


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

Dr Kristy Hess, A/Prof Lisa Waller

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


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

Dr Kristy Hess

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


Hip to be hyper: the subculture of excessively local news

Dr Kristy Hess, A/Prof Lisa Waller

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


Witness, judge or watchdog?: Journalism and regional courts

Dr Kristy Hess, A/Prof Lisa Waller

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


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

Dr Kristy Hess, A/Prof Lisa Waller

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


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

Dr Kristy Hess

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


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

A/Prof Lisa Waller, Dr Kristy Hess, A/Prof Kristin Demetrious

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


Community journalism in Australia: a media power perspective

Dr Kristy Hess, A/Prof Lisa Waller

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


Friend or foe? Regional newspapers and the power of Facebook

Dr Kristy Hess, Kathryn Bowd

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


Indelible shame? News reporting of non-convictions in digital space

Dr Kristy Hess, A/Prof Lisa Waller

(2015), pp. 1-10, Proceedings of the 2015 ANZCA Conference: Rethinking Communication, Space and Identity, Otago, New Zealand, E1


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

Dr Kristy Hess, A/Prof Lisa Waller

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


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

Dr Kristy Hess, A/Prof Lisa Waller

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


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

A/Prof Lisa Waller, Dr Kristy Hess, Matthew Ricketson

(2014), Vol. 36, pp. 157-169, Australian journalism review, Adelaide, S.Aust., C1-1


Making connections: mediated social capital and the small town press

Dr Kristy Hess

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


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

Dr Kristy Hess

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


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

Dr Kristy Hess

(2013), Vol. 1, pp. 48-63, Digital journalism, Oxon, England, C1


Honk against homophobia : rethinking relations between media and sexual minorities

Dr Paul Venzo, Dr Kristy Hess

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


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

Dr Kristy Hess, A/Prof Lisa Waller

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


‘The Snowtown we know and love’ : small newspapers and heinous crimes

Dr Kristy Hess, A/Prof Lisa Waller

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


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

Dr Kristy Hess, A/Prof Lisa Waller

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


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

Dr Kristy Hess, A/Prof Lisa Waller

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


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

A/Prof Lisa Waller, Dr Kristy Hess

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


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

Dr Kristy Hess, A/Prof Lisa Waller

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


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

Dr Kristy Hess, A/Prof Lisa Waller

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


Straight to the source : an exploratory study of Australia's regional newspaper journalists' checks on validity and accuracy of sources

A/Prof Lisa Waller, Dr Kristy Hess

(2008), pp. 1-21, ICOME 2008 : Communications and media : contemporary roles and challenges : Proceedings of the 2008 International Conference on Communication and Media, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, E1


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

Dr Kristy Hess, A/Prof Lisa Waller

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



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: $5,000


No completed student supervisions to report