A/Prof. Kristy Hess

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Associate Professor of Communication

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Education

Department

SCCA Arts & Education

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Bachelor of Philosophy, University of South Australia, 2014
Bachelor of Arts, Deakin University, 2001

Biography summary

Kristy's research focuses on the relationship between journalism, place-making and social order, especially in local and digital settings. She is interested in issues of media power and how everyday media-related practices inform understandings of news sustainability in the digital era. She also examines centre/periphery tensions, especially in regards to perceptions of the rural, local and agricultural issues. Kristy is the co-author of two books (Palgrave, Routledge), co-editor of two published edited collections (Routledge) and is the associate editor of Digital Journalism (Routledge). She is currently a chief investigator on two projects funded by the Australian Research Council. Kristy is especially passionate about education and training of practicing journalists in local/regional settings and encouraging media professionals to pursue life-long learning. 

Research interests

 local, hyperlocal and community news; media power and society, media, social capital and civic participation, journalistic place-making, media, rurality and agriculture.

Teaching interests

Country Press Australia/Deakin University academic coordinator

Units taught

ALJ111

ALJ304

Honours supervision 

Phd supervision in areas of digital journalism, local, rural and agricultural communication, media and place-making, media, social order and civic participation.

Awards

- Deakin University Faculty of Arts and Education Mid Career Researcher Award - 2019

- Deakin University Faculty of Arts and Education Early Career Researcher Award - 2018

- National Teaching Excellence Award nomination, 2015

- OLT Citation for teaching excellence, 2014

- APA Scholarship PhD University of South Australia 2010-2013

- Deakin University Vice Chancellor Award for Teaching Excellence ,2009

- Deakin University Vice Chancellor Award for Contribution to Rural and Regional Engagement, 2009

- Dean's award for excellence in team teaching 2009

- Deakin University Faculty of Arts & Education teaching award for an early career
teacher, 2008.

Projects

FOR RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS PLEASE VIEW https://deakin.academia.edu/KristyHess

CURRENT ARC PROJECTS

Lead investigator LP18010013 'Media Innovation and the civic future of Australia's country press 2019-2022 (with Prof. Lisa Waller (RMIT), Prof. Matthew Ricketson (Deakin).

Chief Investigator DP190101282 'Breaking Silences: Media and the Child Abuse Royal Commission' 2019-2022 (with Prof. Kerry McCallum (University of Canberra),  Assoc Prof Tanya Dreher (UNSW), Prof. Lisa Waller (RMIT).

OTHER CURRENT FUNDED PROJECTS 

Chief investigator 'Social impact of war in a regional Australian setting', Department of Veteran Affairs Saluting their Sevice Community Commenorative Grant 2019-2020 (with Dr Sarah Pinto (Deakin)).