Dr Julie Freeman



Senior Lecturer, Communication


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Comm & Creative Arts


Melbourne Burwood Campus

Research interests

Rural and regional communities

Local news and journalism

Internet connectivity and digital inclusion

Local government

Civic participation and engagement

Digital government / democracy

Units taught

ACC100: Communication in Everyday Life

AIX117: Professional Writing for Work

ACO411: Communication Concepts

Professional activities

Faculty of Arts & Education Human Ethics Advisory Group

Deakin University Human Research Ethics Committee

Faculty of Arts & Education Teaching & Learning Committee

Communication Course Team (A325, A331, A333, A334, A451) 

Research groups

Rural News, Networks and Imaginaries Research Cluster


Dean’s Commendation for Dedication to and Excellence in Teaching (Faculty of Arts, Monash University, 2010) 


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Examining the Social, Civic, and Political Impact of Local Newspaper Closure in Outback Australia

Marco Magasic, Kristy Hess, Julie Freeman

(2023), Vol. 11, pp. 404-413, Media and Communication, Lisbon, Portugal, C1

journal article

Power Struggles in a Small Town Community: The Intersection of Rural Environmental Protest, Politics, and Hyperlocal News Media

J Freeman, B Hutchins

(2022), pp. 1-21, International Journal of Press/Politics, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Technological literacy and interrupted internet access

Julie Freeman, Sora Park, Catherine Middleton

(2020), Vol. 23, pp. 1947-1964, Information communication & society, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Differentiating distance in local and hyperlocal news

J Freeman

(2020), Vol. 21, pp. 524-540, Journalism, C1

journal article

Intersections between connectivity and digital inclusion in rural communities

Sora Park, Julie Freeman, Catherine Middleton

(2019), Vol. 5, pp. 139-155, Communication research and practice, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

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

J Freeman, K Hess, L Waller

(2018), Vol. 4, pp. 342-360, Communication research and practice, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Energy and communication infrastructure for disaster resilience in rural and regional Australia

J Freeman, L Hancock

(2017), Vol. 51, pp. 933-944, Regional studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

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 article

Broadband connectivity for rural community and agricultural development

J Freeman, S Park

(2017), Vol. 14, pp. 19-29, Farm policy journal, Surry Hills, N.S.W., C1

journal article

Deakin University submission to the Senate Select Committee on the future of public interest journalism

L Waller, K Hess, J Freeman, M Ricketson

(2017), Geelong, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper

Digital civic participation in Australian local governments: everyday practices and opportunities for engagement

J Freeman

(2016), Vol. 15, pp. 195-218, Social media and local governments: theory and practice, Cham, Switzerland, B1-1

book chapter

The Importance of Broadband for Socio-Economic Development: A Perspective from Rural Australia

J Freeman, S Park, C Middleton, M Allen

(2016), Vol. 20, pp. 1-18, Australasian Journal of Information Systems, C1

journal article

Digital media and local democracy: news media, local governments and civic action

J Freeman, B Hutchins

(2016), Vol. 38, pp. 19-30, Australian journalism review, St. Lucia, Qld., C1

journal article

Rural realities: digital communication challenges for rural Australian local governments

J Freeman, S Park

(2015), Vol. 9, pp. 1-13, Transforming government: people, process and policy, Bingley, Eng., C1

journal article

The multi-layers of digital exclusion in rural Australia

S Park, J Freeman, C Middleton, M Allen, R Eckermann, R Everson

(2015), pp. 3631-3640, HICSS 2015 : Proceedings of the 48th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, Kauai, Hawaii, E1


Evolving local e-government: a cohesive policy approach

J Freeman

(2013), pp. 119-138, Developing e-government projects: frameworks and methodologies, Hershey, Pa., B1-1

book chapter

Local e-government and citizen participation: case studies from Australia and Italy

J Freeman

(2013), pp. 235-258, e-government success around the world: cases, empirical studies, and practical recommendations, Hershey, Pa., B1-1

book chapter

E-government in the context of monitory democracy: Public participation and democratic reform

J Freeman

(2013), Vol. 40, pp. 354-362, Media Asia, C1-1

journal article

Public connection with local government: desires and frustrations of articulating local issues

J Freeman, K McCallum

(2013), pp. 137-148, NMRC 2013 : Proceedings of the Emerging Issues in Communication Research and Policy Conference, Canberra, A.C.T., E1-1


E-government and monitory democracy: Iceland's crowdsourced constitution

J Freeman

(2013), pp. 1-20, ANZCA 2013 : Global Networks - Global Divides : Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference, Freemantle, Western Australia, E1-1


Is e-democracy a myth? Civic participation and democratic reform

J Freeman, S Quirke

(2013), pp. 31-43, CeDEM13 : Proceedings of the International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government, Krems, Austria, E1-1


Driving Australia's digital future?: Online engagement and the national digital economy strategy

J Freeman

(2012), Vol. 62, Telecommunication Journal of Australia, C1-1

journal article

E-government engagement and the digital divide

J Freeman

(2012), pp. 19-30, CeDEM Asia 2012 : Social and Mobile Media for Governance : Proceedings of the E-Democracy and Open Government Conference, Singapore, E1-1


Local eGovernment in the city of Casey: political barriers to citizen engagement

J Freeman

(2012), pp. 242-250, ECEG 2012 : Proceedings of the 12th European Conference on E-Government, Barcelona, Spain, E1-1


Framing ICT policies to facilitate participatory e-government

J Freeman

(2011), pp. 180-193, Proceedings of the Communications Policy and Research Forum 2011, Sydney, N.S.W., E1-1


Balancing the digital democratic deficit? E-Government

J Freeman, B Hutchins

(2009), Vol. 130, pp. 17-27, Media international Australia, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

No Funded Projects at Deakin found


Associate Supervisor

Marco Magasic

Thesis entitled: Mining for News: Examining the impacts of a local newspaper¿s closure in the Australian town of Lightning Ridge

Doctor of Philosophy, School of Communication and Creative Arts