A/Prof. Lisa Waller



Associate Professor of Communication


Faculty of Arts and Education


SCCA Arts & Ed


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Bachelor of Arts, Australian National University, 2002
Graduate Diploma in Education (Adult), University of Newcastle, 2005
Graduate Certificate of Higher Education, Deakin University, 2009
Doctor of Philosophy, University of Canberra, 2013

Biography summary

Dr Lisa Waller is an Associate Professor of Communication whose research is concerned with questions about the relationship between news media and communities on geographic, social and economic margins of society. Lisa was a journalist for 20 years before entering the academy in 2007.

Research interests

Lisa is interested in supervising projects of the following types:


  • Qualitative studies of regional and rural journalism
  • Indigeneity and the media


  • Bourdeusian analysis of the journalism field
  • The relationship between news media and Indigenous policy
  • Media plurality in regional Australia

Other projects would need to be thoroughly discussed in advance of any application. Please look at my publications below for general indications.


Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)
Australian Journalism Educators Association

Units taught

Lisa Waller teaches Communication in the following units:

  • ALJ216 Feature Writing
  • ALJ220 Journalism in Society

Knowledge areas

  • The relationship between news media and Indigenous policy
  • Local journalism in the digital age
  • Media shaming
  • Bourdieu and the journalism field


Cultural analysis of journalism and its impacts on society
  • Journalism

Professional activities

Academic referee for journals including Digital Journalism, Journalism Studies, Journalism Practice, Media International Australia and Australian Journalism Review.

Media and Indigeneity stream co-ordinator for the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)


Research groups

Global Digital Publics Initiative


  • 2012 Australian and  New Zealand Communication Association People's Choice Prize for the Most Significant Scholarly Contribution to the ANZCA 2012 Conference.
  • 2010 Grant Noble Award for the Best Student Paper, ANZCA 2010, Canberra.
  • 2010 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.


Lisa's current research projects are:

  • ARC Discovery Project IN50100007 Deficit discourse and Indigenous education: mapping the discursive environment, assessing impact and changing the conversation.
  • Shifting Indigenous media and policy terrains 2008-2018.
  • The Edward Wilson Rural and Regional News project.


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Countours of teenagers' reading in the digital era: scoping the research

L Rutherford, L Waller, M Merga, M McRae, E Bullen, K Johanson

(2017), Vol. 23, pp. 27-46, New review of children's literature and librarianship, Abingdon, Eng., C1


Local journalism in a digital world

K Hess, L Waller

(2017), London, Eng., A1


The dimensions of mediated policy-making in Australian Indigenous affairs

L Waller, K McCallum

(2017), Vol. 42, pp. 173-193, Communications: the European journal of communication research, Berlin, Germany, C1


Australian indigenous public spheres: from the ground up

L Waller

(2017), Vol. 30, pp. 788-803, Critical arts: south-north cultural studies, Abingdon, eng., C1


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


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


Indigenous voices and mediatized policy-making in the digital age

T Dreher, K McCallum, L Waller

(2016), Vol. 19, pp. 23-39, Information, communication & society, Abingdon, Eng., C1


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


Media stars and neoliberal news agendas in Indigenous policymaking

L Waller, K McCallum

(2016), Vol. 35, pp. 171-182, Engaging indigenous economy : debating diverse approaches, Acton, A.C.T., B1


Mediatisation, marginalisation and disruption in Australian Indigenous affairs

K McCallum, L Waller, T Dreher

(2016), Vol. 4, pp. 30-42, Media and communication, Lisbon, Portugal, C1


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


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


Keystone media: the Australian and Indigenous affairs

L Waller, K McCallum

(2016), Vol. 161, pp. 109-119, Media international Australia, London, Eng., C1


Community journalism in Australia: a media power perspective

K Hess, L Waller

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


The listening key: unlocking the democratic potential of indigenous participatory media

L Waller, T Dreher, K McCallum

(2015), Vol. 154, pp. 57-66, Media International Australia, Brisbane, Qld., C1


Where memory failed, journalism prevailed: Anzac Day in three Victorian country newspapers 1916-1925

L Waller, S Holberton

(2015), Vol. 37, pp. 51-62, Australian journalism review, Adelaide, S.Aust., C1


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

K Hess, L Waller

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


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


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


Don't cut off our tongues : Yolgnu voices in news and policymaking

L Waller, K McCallum

(2014), Vol. 47, pp. 18-31, Communication, politics and culture, Melbourne, Vic., C1


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


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


The intervention of media power in Indigenous policy-making

K McCallum, L Waller

(2013), pp. 139-149, Media international Australia, incorporating culture & policy, Brisbane, Qld., C1


It comes with the territory: 'remote' Indigenous reporting for mainstream audiences

L Waller

(2013), Vol. 14, pp. 1-42, Australian journalism monographs, Brisbane, Qld., C1


'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


Raising the volume : Indigenous voices in news media and policy

K McCallum, L Waller, M Meadows

(2012), pp. 101-111, Media international Australia incorporating culture and policy, St Lucia, Qld., C1


Learning in both worlds : academic journalism as a research outcome

L Waller

(2012), Vol. 2, pp. 1-16, Research journalism, Perth, W.A., C1


Bilingual education and the language of news

L Waller

(2012), Vol. 32, pp. 459-472, Australian journal of linguistics, Oxfordshire, England, C1


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


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


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


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


Singular influence : mapping the ascent of Daisy M. Bates in popular understanding and Indigenous policy

L Waller

(2010), Vol. 37, pp. 1-14, Australian journal of communication, Brisbane, QLD., C1


Indigenous research ethics : new modes of information gathering and storytelling in journalism

L Waller

(2010), Vol. 32, pp. 19-31, Australian journalism review, Magill, S.A., C1


Living with Hep C : the quest to feel better

L Waller

(2009), pp. 145-155, Hepatitis C : an expanding perspective, East Hawthorn, Vic., B1


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


The Carey 'king hit' : journalists and the coverage of domestic violence

L Waller, K Oakham

(2009), pp. 71-84, Asia Pacific media educator, Wollongong, NSW, C1


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

L Waller, K 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

K Hess, L Waller

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


Living with hepatitis C : from self-loathing to advocacy

L Waller

(2004), Vol. 180, pp. 293-294, Medical journal of Australia, Milton, Qld, C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Deficit Discourse and Indigenous Education: mapping the discursive environment, assessing impact, and changing the conversation

Prof Mick Dodson, A/Prof Lisa Waller, Mr Scott Gorringe, Dr William Fogarty, A/Prof Kerry McCallum, A/Prof Cressida Fforde, A/Prof Patrick Sullivan

ARC DIRD - Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development

  • 2017: $2,001
  • 2016: $2,001
  • 2015: $3,346

Industry and Other Funding

Developing a Southern approach to the study of news media and Indigeneity

A/Prof Lisa Waller

  • 2013: $6,000

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

Edward Wilson Research Fellowship in Regional Journalism

A/Prof Lisa Waller

  • 2016: $68,000

Australian Teenagers' Reading Behaviour in the Digital Era

Dr Leonie Rutherford, A/Prof Katya Johanson, A/Prof Lisa Waller, Dr Elizabeth Bullen, Dr Margaret Merga

  • 2016: $16,000


No completed student supervisions to report