Dr Janine Little



Senior Lecturer in Communication


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Comm & Creative Arts


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



Dr Janine Little's research and writing in media, journalism, literary, cultural,  Indigenous and gender studies covers more than three decades.  She has contributed to significant national and international projects and publishing on urgent social justice issues, including the dispossession of Indigenous Australians from culture and land, violence against women and children, and the ethical and legal tensions in professional communication. 

Janine is  a recognised international scholar in media law and ethics, and socialist feminist cultural analysis of family violence, namely violence against women and children.  Her current project is: The Role of Mediated Culture in Men's Violence Against Women and Children (see publication list).

Janine’s work is informed by lifelong experiences as a news reporter, journalism/literary and cutural studies academic, and First In Family university graduate.  

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Career highlights

Journalism Ethics and Law: Stories of Media Practice, Oxford University Press, 2013

APN News and Media Work-Integrated Learning Journalism Training Program, 2006-07 (with Associate Prof. Michael Sankey, formerly USQ)

Dean's Commendation for Outstanding Achievement,  Graduate Certificate Tertiary Teaching and Learning, 2007 (USQ)

Queensland Country Press Association Award for Individual Journalistic Excellence First Prize 2000

Research interests

I supervise Honours and HDR projects in the following areas

Family violence in the media/popular culture -- e.g. filicide, violence against women, domestic violence, true crime in TV, film, fiction, creative non-fiction

Cultural representation of gender, social class, and difference (using qualitative approaches)

Women's studies and feminist cultural theory

Media Law and Ethics -- e.g. defamation and the media; privacy and media practice; media coverage of social and cultural disadvantage/difference/conflict

Teaching interests

Media Law and Ethics

Units taught

Chair ACC717 Law Media Communication (2012-2022, except 16-17)

Chair ACC213 Media Law and Ethics (2009-2022, except 1/13 & 2/17)

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

ALJ111 News Reporting A (2012)

Chair and designer/developer ALJ722 Investigative and Narrative Journalism (2008-2014)

ALJ216 Feature writing (undergraduate) 2019

ALJ728 Feature Writing (postgraduate) 2019-2021

Chair and designer/developer ALJ716 Writing the News 2022

Knowledge areas

Addressing social disadvantage, gender, cultural difference, and violence/non-violence

Relational ethics and legal discourse across media forms and genres

Women's studies and feminist paradigms in creative non-fiction and fiction

Cultural analysis of journalism

Working class subjectivity

Indigenous Australian media and cultural representation


Family violence public narrative Media representation of gender and difference Women's studies and feminist cultural theory Media Law and Ethics
  • Communication
  • Culture
  • Ethics
  • Gender issues
  • Journalism
  • Literature & creative writing
  • Violence
  • Women's issues

Professional activities

Australia and New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference 2016, Chair of Gender Panel, Domestic Violence in the Media, and paper presenter, Newcastle, July.

Peer reviewer:

Australian National Research Organisation for Women's Safety

Feminist Media Studies

Women's Studies International Forum

Communication Culture and Critique

Court of Conscience (UNSW Law Society Journal) 

Palgrave Macmillan


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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A Monster We (Re)Make: Family Violence and Monstrous Masculinity in Joker

Janine Little

(2022), pp. 173-186, Breaking down Joker : violence, loneliness, tragedy, London, Eng., B1

book chapter

True Victims: Men's privilege, class, and violence against women in Making a Murderer and The Jinx

Natalia Vedric, Janine Little

(2022), pp. 1-16, Feminist Media Studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Filicide, journalism and the 'disempowered man' in three Australian cases 2010-2016

J Little

(2021), Vol. 22, pp. 1450-1466, Journalism, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Family Men and the Women They Murdered: A Critique of Popular Press Reporting of Three Crimes in Australia

Janine Little

(2021), Vol. 46, pp. 138-163, Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, St. Lucia, QLD, C1

journal article

Domestic violence beyond representation: finding a feminist subject in the Allison Baden-Clay murder case

J Little

(2020), Vol. 20, pp. 1-17, Feminist media studies, Abingdon, Eng, C1

journal article

A mystery haunting us all: historicising media cultural explanations of family violence through Australia's Jaidyn Leskie child murder case

Janine Little

(2020), Vol. 45, pp. 209-230, Hecate: an interdisciplinary journal of women's liberation, Brisbane, Qld., C1

journal article

'Not available on the evidence': Australian narratives of violence against women in legal and media texts

J Little

(2018), pp. 1-25, Ethical Space: the international journal of communication ethics, Suffolk, Eng., C1

journal article

Filicide in Australian media and culture

J Little, D Tyson

(2017), pp. 1-24, Oxford research encyclopedia of criminolgy and criminal justice, Oxford, Eng., B1

book chapter

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

J Little

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

journal article

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

J Little

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

journal article

Journalism ethics and law: stories of media practice

J Little

(2013), South Melbourne, Vic., A1


Animal rights and media ethics in Australia: advocacy journalism?

J Little

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


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

J Little

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

book chapter

Bogans run : American dreams, Australian news and other stories

J Little

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

journal article

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

J Little

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

journal article

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

H Huijser, J Little

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

journal article

Beyond the Hijab Debates: New Conversations on Gender, Race and Religion

Janine Little


journal article

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

J Little

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

journal article

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

J Little

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


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

J 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

H Huijser, J Little

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

journal article

Teaching narrative journalism and the APN Professional Development Program

J Little, M Sankey

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

journal article

Perspectives on assessment practices in Australian journalism education

J Little

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

journal article

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

J Little

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

journal article

Working contacts : finding and keeping reliable sources

J Little

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

book chapter

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

J Little

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

book chapter

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

J Little

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

journal article

Australian cleverwoman : an Aboriginal writer beats the blues

J Little Nyoongah

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

journal article

Nothing like the real thing : post colonialism and travelling

J Little

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

journal article

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

J Little

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

book chapter

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

J Little Nyoongah

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

journal article

Placing authority in Aboriginal women's prose

J Little

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

book chapter

Deadly work : reading the short fiction of Archie Weller

J Little

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

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found


Associate Supervisor

Claire Duffy

Thesis entitled: What's so funny: humour as a subversive technique in contemporary feminist literature

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts


Emma Clare Hayes

Thesis entitled: The Scarlet Legacy Representations of the Single Mother

Master of Arts, School of Communication and Creative Arts