Dr Katrina Clifford



Senior Lecturer in Communication


Faculty of Arts and Education


School of Comm & Creative Arts


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Biography summary

Katrina Clifford is a Senior Lecturer in Communication and the Director, Work Integrated Learning, in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Deakin University. She is a specialist in media criminology. Her work seeks to challenge and disrupt normative assumptions about the media-crime nexus by bringing together criminological concepts and frameworks with an applied understanding of media practice. Katrina brings over 10 years’ industry experience to both her teaching and research, having worked as a journalist and magazine editor for a number of business titles. She later expanded her expertise as a communications consultant and corporate writer, providing strategic advice on policy and stakeholder communications to not-for-profit organisations, including the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Suicide Prevention Australia. Katrina is the co-editor of the Journalism, Education and Research Association of Australia’s flagship journal, Australian Journalism Review. She is the co-author of Media and Crime: Content, Context and Consequence (with Rob White, OUP) and author of Policing, Mental Illness and Media: The Framing of Mental Health Crisis Encounters and Police Use of Force (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021). Prior to joining Deakin, Katrina worked in the Journalism, Media and Communications program, School of Social Sciences, at the University of Tasmania.

Research interests

Media criminology; framing theory, practice and analysis; policing, mental illness and media; social and open justice; trauma, emotion and media witnessing; the politics of the visual; communications practices, mediating technologies and ethics.

Katrina welcomes enquiries from prospective students interested in undertaking a research higher degree at Masters or PhD level. She has experience supervising a wide range of projects from across the areas of journalism studies, disasters and social media, lifestyle magazines and publishing, public health advertising, public relations and media representations of crime and criminality.


Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA)

Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC)

International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)

Teaching interests

Media and crime, work-integrated learning and internships, communication ethics, journalism theory and practice, strategic communications and media relations, research methods and project design

Professional activities

Co-editor, Australian Journalism Review 

Mindframe for Universities (Journalism Education) Advisory Group 

Research groups

Research Fellow, Deakin Motion Lab

Rural News Networks and Imaginaries Research Cluster, Deakin University

Research Associate, UNE Centre for Rural Criminology


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Policing, mental illness and media : the framing of mental health crisis encounters and police use of force

Katrina Clifford

(2021), London, Eng., A1


On the Road to Roon: Rural Australia's Storied Role in the Nation's Ice Epidemic

Katrina Clifford, Lisa Waller

(2021), pp. 61-74, Crossroads of rural crime : representations and realities of transgression in the Australian countryside, Bingley, Eng., B1

book chapter

News media framing of the Murray-Darling Basin 'water theft' controversy

K Clifford, R White

(2021), Vol. 54, pp. 365-382, Journal of Criminology, C1

journal article

Mediated Representations of Prisoner Experience and Public Empathy

Katrina Clifford, Rob White

(2020), pp. 265-287, Palgrave Handbook of Incarceration in Popular Culture, Cham, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

Ice towns: television representations of crystal methamphetamine use in rural Australia

L Waller, K Clifford

(2020), Vol. 16, pp. 185-199, Crime, media, culture, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Media and crime: content, context and consequence

K Clifford, R White

(2017), South Melbourne, Vic., A1-1


The "Rosie Batty effect" and the framing of family violence in Australian news media

E Hawley, K Clifford, C Konkes

(2017), Vol. 19, pp. 2304-2323, Journalism studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

SIAMO INNOCENTI: Twitter and the performative practices of the 'real' Amanda Knox

K Clifford

(2016), pp. 89-110, Transmedia crime stories : The trial of amanda knox and raffaele sollecito in the globalised media sphere, Berlin, Germany, B1-1

book chapter

For the lifestyle and a love of creativity: Australian students' motivations for studying journalism

F Hanusch, K Clifford, K Davies, P English, J Fulton, M Lindgren, P O Donnell, J Price, I Richards, L Zion

(2016), Vol. 160, pp. 101-113, Media international Australia, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Australia journalism students' professional views and news consumption: results from a representative study

F Hanusch, K Clifford, K Davies, P English, J Fulton, M Lindgren, P O Donnell, J Price, I Richards, L Zion

(2015), Vol. 37, pp. 5-19, Australian journalism review, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1

journal article

Mental Health Crisis Interventions and the Politics of Police Use of Deadly Force

K Clifford

(2013), pp. 171-195, Policing and the Mentally Ill: International Perspectives, Boca Raton, Fl., B1-1

book chapter

The Thin Blue Line of Mental Health in Australia

K Clifford

(2012), pp. 66-81, Police responses to people with mental illnesses : global challenges, London, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

The Vulnerable Thin Blue Line: Representations of Police Use of Force in the Media

K Clifford

(2012), pp. 101-114, Policing Vulnerability, Annandale, N.S.W., B1-1

book chapter

Policing Mental Illness: Examining the Police Role in Addressing Mental Ill-Health

V Herrington, K Clifford

(2012), pp. 117-131, Policing Vulnerability, Annandale, N.S.W., B1-1

book chapter

Mental Health Trauma Narratives and Misplaced Assumptions: Towards an Ethics of Self-Care Among (Humanities-Based) Trauma Researchers

K Clifford

(2010), pp. 175-192, Trauma, Media, Art: New Perspectives, Cambridge, Eng., B1-1

book chapter

The Killer Point: contemporary reconfigurations of The Gap as a crime scene

K Clifford, G Mitchell

(2009), Vol. 13, pp. 80-107, Law Text Culture, Wollongong, N.S.W., C1-1

journal article

(Dis)embodied sight: September 11 and the politics of collective memory, representation, and experience

K Clifford

(2008), Vol. 35, pp. 69-88, Australian journal of communication, Brisbane, Qld., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

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