Staff profile - Lisa Waller

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Dr Lisa Waller

Position: Senior Lecturer
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Communication & Creative Arts
Campus: Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus
Phone: +61 3 52271342 +61 3 52271342
Email: lisa.waller@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Lisa Waller is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism and teaches at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in the School of Communication and Creative Arts.

Lisa is a member of the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation and her research focuses on how news media shapes social space, especially in remote and regional contexts, as well as within policy fields. Current projects include explorations of media shaming, supported with funding from the Victorian Law Foundation, co-editing a special issue of Media International Australia on Indigenous Media Practice and writing works of academic journalism for Inside Story.

Her previous research has focused on Indigenous media representation, media representation of family violence teaching journalism students how to work with cultural diversity, and investigating the relationship between news media and local government

She is currently the Discipline Co-ordinator for Journalism.

Lisa has worked closely with research participants and other collaborators in the News Media and Indigenous Policymaking ARC Discovery Project, as well as organisations including the Victorian Country Press Association and the EVAs awards that promote excellence in reporting on family violence.

She has previously worked as a senior journalist on metropolitan daily newspapers including The Australian Financial Review, The Australian and The Canberra Times.


Biography summary

Lisa Waller teaches journalism and her research interest is in how news media shapes social space, from small regional communities to the judicial system and controversial policy fields such as Indigenous Affairs and Asylum Seeker Policy.

Before joining Deakin in 2007, she worked as a journalist on metropolitan daily newspapers including The Newcastle Herald, The Canberra Times, The Australian and The Australian Financial Review.

Her PhD was part of an Australian Research Council Discovery Project that investigated the relationship between news media and Indigenous Policymaking in Australia between the Bicentennary and the Apology to the Stolen Generations.


Qualifications

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


Affiliations


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


Professional activities

Academic referee for several professional journals

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

Judge, Victorian Country Press Association awards, 2009-2013
 

Academic

Teaching Interests

I teach undergraduate journalism students to critically engage with news media; how to research and write news and features. I also teach students the basics of editing and design.

I am involved in Deakin's postgraduate Journalism courses and am available to supervise honours projects. 


Subjects and units currently teaching

Lisa Waller teaches journalism in the following units:

  • ALJ216 Research for Writers
  • ALJ217 Editing and Design
  • ALJ725 Editing and Design in a Multiple Media World


Expertise categories

Expertise summary

Cultural analysis of journalism and its impacts on society

Knowledge areas

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


Student supervision

  • 2014 Simon Holberton, Honours: Simon's honours project analysed Victorian country newspapers' representation of Anzac Day 1916-1925.
  • 2011 Sharnelle Vella, Honours: Sharnelle's honours project explored citizen journalism as a form of witnessing in Sri Lanka's civil war.


Conferences and seminars

Conference Submissions Waller, L. (2012) Bilingual education and the language of news. Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, July 4-6. Waller, L. (2012) Don???t cut off our tongues: Yolngu voices in media and policymaking. Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, July 4-6. This paper won the award for the most significant scholarly contribution to the conference. Waller, L. (2012) Decolonising Indigenous affairs reporting: A new mode of information gathering and storytelling in journalism. International Association of Media and Communication Research Conference, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, July 15-20. Waller, L. (2012) Don???t cut off our tongues: How Indigenous voices are heard in policymaking. International Association of Media and Communication Research Conference, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa, July 15-20. Waller, L. & Hess, K. (2012). The shaming of ordinary people in a changing media landscape, in unknown (ed.), JEAA 2012: Critical Times? Changing journalism in a changing world, Journalism Education Association of Australia, Melbourne, Victoria. Waller, L. (2011) It comes with the territory: the journalistic subfield of indigenous reporting in Northern Australia. ANZCA conference, University of Waikalto, Hamilton, New Zealand July 2-5 2011. Waller, L. (2011) Listen here: Indigenous voices in Australian media and policymaking. Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) conference, Australian National University, October 11-13, 2011. Waller, L. (2011) Works of journalism as research outcomes, not outputs. Journalism Education Association conference, Adelaide, November 30-December 2, 2011. Waller, L. Bilingual education and the language of news. Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (IATSIS) seminar series, Canberra, March 2011. Hess, K & Waller, L (2011) Beating the Belanglo Blues: How small newspapers deal with the stigma of shocking crimes. The Land: past present and futures symposium, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst May 5. Waller, L & Hess, K (2011) Shame and redemption: Two perspectives on the power of local newspapers, presentation Victorian Country Press Association editorial workshop, August 19, Melbourne 2010 Waller, L. & Hess, K. (2010) Naming and shaming: Media justice for summary offenders in regional communities? National regional law and social justice conference, Warrnambool, Victoria, October 2010. Waller, L. (2010) Indigenous research ethics: New modes of information gathering and storytelling in journalism, Journalism Education Association conference, Sydney, November 2010. Waller, L. (2010) Practice theory: New aims and questions for media research. The next generation of cultural research conference, University of Western Sydney, Parramatta. September 2010. Waller, L (2010) Singular influence: The ascent of Daisy Bates in popular understanding and Indigenous policymaking. ANZCA conference, Canberra, July 2010. This paper won the Grant Noble Prize for the best postgraduate paper. Hess, K. & Waller, L. (2009) Play it again, Sam: How journalists cashed in on YouTube???s favourite koala. Journalism Education Association conference, Perth, December 2009. Hess, K. & Waller, L. (2008) Straight to the source: An exploratory study of Australia???s regional journalists??? checks on validity and accuracy of sources. I-COM conference, Kuala Lumpur, June 2008.

Media appearances

 McCallum, K. & Waller, L. (2012) Failed state of health: Media realities and policy rhetorics. Arena Magazine, 118. pp. 33-34.
McCallum, K. & Waller, L. (2012) Managing the optics of the Intervention. Inside Story 22 June 2012. Accessed 28 May 2012 at http://inside.org.au/managing-the-optics-of-the-intervention/.
 Waller, L (2012) All talk, no action. Australian Educator, Vol 12, Autumn. Accessed 2 May 2012 at www.aeufederal.org.au/Publications/AE/Atmn12pp24-27.pdf

 McCallum, K. & Waller, L. (2012) Casual indifference: Why does the media ignore Indigenous health? Crikey, December 3, 2012. Accessed 26 April 2013 at http://www.crikey.com.au/2012/12/03/casual-indifference-why-does-media-ignore-indigenous-health/.
 Waller, L. (2012). A shift in the monolingual mood. Inside Story 26 September, 2012. Accessed 26 April 2013 at http://inside.org.au/a-shift-in-the-monolingual-mood/.
7. Waller, L (2011) Learning in both worlds. Inside Story. Accessed 14 February 2012 at http://inside.org.au/learning-in-both-worlds/

Awards

Awards and prizes

  • 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.


Research

Research projects

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.


Research interests

Lisa is interested in supervising projects of the following types:

Honours

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

Phd

  • 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.


Research grants

  • Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous (IN5010007) Deficit discourse and Indigenous education: mapping the discursive environment, assessing impact and changing the conversation. $456,000
  • 2013 Journalism Education Association of Australia Grant for Journalism Research Excellence. $6000.
  • 2013 Victorian Law Foundation Small Research Grant. $5000.
  • 2009 Reporting Diversity Project, Department of Immigration, $15,000. 


Research groups

Member, Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University

Member, The News and Media Research Centre, University of Canberra


Publications

Publications

Hess, K. & Waller, L. ( 2013) News judgements: A critical examination of reporting non-convictions for minor crimes. Australian Journalism Review 35(1). 

Waller, L. (2012) Bilingual education and the language of news. Australian Journal of Linguistics 32(4) pp. 459-472. 

 McCallum, K., Waller, L. & Meadows, M. (2012) Raising the volume: Indigenous voices in news media and policy. Media International Australia 142, pp. 101-115. 

Hess, K. & Waller, L (2012) The Snowtown we know and love: Small newspapers and heinous crimes. Rural Society Journal 2(12) pp.116-125. 

Waller, L. (2012) Learning in both worlds: Academic journalism as a research outcome. Research Journalism 2(1), pp. 1-16. 

Hess, K. & Waller, L. (2011) Blockbusters for the YouTube generation: A new product of convergence culture. Refractory 19. Retrieved 18 May 2012 from http://refractory.unimelb.edu.au/2011/08/01/blockbusters-for-the-youtube-generation-a-new-product-of-convergence-culture-%E2%80%93-kristy-hess-and-lisa-waller/.

 Hess, K. & Waller, L. (2011) Packaged good: Responses from Australian journalism educators on the Reporting Diversity Project. Pacific Journalism Review, 17(2), pp.11-26. 

Waller, L. & Hess, K. (2011). The pillory effect: Media, the courts and the punitive role of public shaming in Australia, Media and Arts Law Review, 16(3), pp. 229-240. 

Waller, L. (2010) Indigenous research ethics: new modes of information gathering and storytelling in journalism. Australian Journalism Review (32)2, pp. 19-32. 

Hess, K.& Waller, L. (2010) Teaching journalism students and regional reporters how to work with cultural diversity. Asia Pacific Media Educator 20 pp.137-152.

 Waller, L. (2010) Singular influence: The ascent of Daisy M. Bates in popular understanding and Indigenous policy. Australian Journal of Communication.37(2), pp.1-14. 

 Waller, L. & Oakham, K.M. (2009) The Carey king hit: Journalists and coverage of domestic violence. Asia Pacific Media Educator. 19, pp71-84. 

Hess, K. & Waller, L. (2009) Play it again Sam: How journalists cashed in on YouTube’s favourite koala. Australian Journalism Review. 31(2) pp.75-84.

 Hess, K. & Waller, L. (2008) An exploratory study of relationships between local government media officers and journalists in regional Australia. Asia Pacific Public Relations Journal. Vol 9.pp. 287-302.

 Hess, K. & Waller, L. (2008) Straight to the source: An exploratory study of Australia’s regional journalists’ checks on validity and accuracy of sources. Fully refereed conference paper presented at I-com-08, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, June 2008. Published in conference CD.  


18. Waller, L. (2004) Living with hepatitis C: from self-loathing to advocacy. Medical Journal of Australia. 180 (6). pp. 293-94.


Link to publications

http://www.deakin.edu.au/research/admin/pubs/reports/database/dynamic/output/person/person.php?person_code=walleli#publications


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