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)).

Publications

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2021

Local newspapers and coronavirus: conceptualising connections, comparisons and cures

K Hess, L Waller

(2021), Vol. 178, pp. 21-35, Media International Australia, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2020

Local journalism in Australia: policy debates

Kristy Hess, Lisa Waller

(2020), pp. 102-111, Routledge companion to local media and journalism, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Going glocal: Local journalism and global ethics

Kristy Hess, Ian Richards

(2020), pp. 1-17, Handbook of Global Media Ethics, Switzerland, B1

book chapter

Forever in our hearts: the births, deaths and marriages column in the Sydney Morning Herald, 1831-1860

Kristy Hess, Sarah Pinto

(2020), Vol. 26, pp. 105-121, Media history, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Media hierarchies of attention: news values and Australia's Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse

Lisa Waller, Tania Dreher, Kristy Hess, Kerry McCallum, Eli Skogerbo

(2020), Vol. 21, pp. 180-196, Journalism studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Moral compass: how a small-town newspaper used silence in a hyper-charged controversy

K Hess, L Waller

(2020), Vol. 21, pp. 574-590, Journalism, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Placeification: the transformation of digital news spaces into "places" of meaning

R Gutsche,, K Hess

(2020), Vol. 8, pp. 586-595, Digital journalism, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Charting the media innovations landscape for regional and rural newspapers

Kristy Hess, lisa Waller

(2020), Vol. 42, pp. 59-75, Australian journalism review, C1

journal article

Contesting communities: Reimagining Journalism and Social Order in a Fragmented Media world

Kristy Hess, Robert Gutsche

(2020), London, A7

edited book
2019

Geographies of journalism: the imaginative power of place in making digital news

Robert Gutsche Jr., K Hess

(2019), Abingdon, Eng., A1

book

Mining the depleted "Rivers of Gold": Public notices and the sustainability of Australian local news in a digitised democracy

K Hess

(2019), pp. 88-99, Digitizing democracy, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Hyperlocal journalism

LIsa Waller, Kristy Hess

(2019), pp. 1-6, International encyclopaedia of journalism studies, Hoboken, N.J., B1

book chapter

Navigating the scholarly terrain: introducing the digital journalism studies compass

S Eldridge, K Hess, E Tandoc, O Westlund

(2019), Vol. 7, pp. 386-403, Digital journalism, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Total eclipse of the social: what journalism can learn from the fundamentals of Facebook*

K Hess, R Gutsche

(2019), Vol. 13, pp. 1013-1017, Journalism practice, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2018

Local and hyperlocal journalism

K Hess, Lisa Waller

(2018), pp. 144-159, Oxford research encyclopedia of communication, Oxford, Eng., B1

book chapter

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

Contesting communities: the problem of journalism and social order

R Gutsche, K Hess

(2018), Vol. 12, pp. 136-145, Journalism practice, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article
2017

Local journalism in a digital world

K Hess, L Waller

(2017), London, Eng., A1

book

Community and hyperlocal journalism: a 'sustainable' model?

K Hess, L waller

(2017), pp. 194-203, Routledge companion to digital journalism studies, Abingdon, Eng., B1

book chapter

Shifting foundations: journalism and the power of the 'common good'

K Hess

(2017), Vol. 18, pp. 801-816, Journalism, London, 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

Journalism and the "social sphere": reclaiming a foundational concept for beyond politics and the public sphere

K Hess, R Gutsche

(2017), pp. 1-16, Journalism Studies, Abingdon, Eng., 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

Mixed fortunes: examining circulation rise and decline in two Victorian news communities

K Hess

(2017), Flemington, Vic., A6

research report/technical paper
2016

Witness, judge or watchdog?: Journalism and regional courts

K Hess, L Waller

(2016), pp. 120-128, Locating crime in context and place, Sydney, N.S.W., B1

book chapter

River flows and profit flows: the powerful logic driving local news

K Hess, L Waller

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 263-276, Journalism studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Hip to be hyper: The subculture of excessively local news

K Hess, L Waller

(2016), Vol. 4, pp. 193-210, Digital journalism, London, Eng., C1

journal article

Ritual power : illuminating the blind spot of births, deaths and marriages in news media research

K Hess

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 511-526, Journalism : theory practice criticism, Thousand Oaks, Calif., C1

journal article

Power to the virtuous? Civic culture in the changing digital terrain

K Hess

(2016), Vol. 17, pp. 925-934, Journalism studies, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Rethinking news media and local government: journalism, politics and symbolic power

K Hess, L waller

(2016), Vol. 38, pp. 5-17, Australian journalism review, Bathurst, N.S.W., C1

journal article

Twitter feeders: an analysis of dominant 'voices' and patterns in a local government mosque controversy

L Waller, K Hess, K Demetrious

(2016), Vol. 38, pp. 47-60, Australian journalism review, Adelaide, Sth. Aust., C1

journal article
2015

Community journalism in Australia: a media power perspective

K Hess, L Waller

(2015), Vol. 4, pp. 2-9, Community journalism, Texas, U.S., C1

journal article

Friend or foe? Regional newspapers and the power of Facebook

K Hess, K Bowd

(2015), Vol. 156, pp. 19-28, Media international Australia, Thousand Oaks, Calif., C1

journal article
2014

The digital pillory: media shaming of 'ordinary' people for minor crimes

K Hess, L Waller

(2014), Vol. 28, pp. 101-111, Continuum: journal of media & cultural studies, Abingdon, England, C1

journal article

Geo-social journalism: reorienting the study of small commercial newspapers in a digital environment

K Hess, L Waller

(2014), Vol. 8, pp. 121-136, Journalism practice, Abingdon, England, C1

journal article

Are there news gaps in rural/regional Australia? Researching media plurality beyond Finkelstein

L Waller, K Hess, M Ricketson

(2014), Vol. 36, pp. 157-169, Australian journalism review, Adelaide, S.Aust., C1

journal article

Making connections: mediated social capital and the small town press

K Hess

(2014), Vol. 16, pp. 482-496, Journalism studies, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Naming and shaming: a report on media shaming for minor crimes in Victoria

K Hess, L Waller

(2014), Geelong, Vic., A6-1

research report/technical paper
2013

Breaking Boundaries : recasting the "local" newspaper as "geo-social" news in a digital landscape

K Hess

(2013), Vol. 1, pp. 48-63, Digital journalism, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Tertius Tactics: "Mediated Social Capital" as a Resource of Power for Traditional Commercial News Media

K Hess

(2013), Vol. 23, pp. 112-130, Communication Theory, C1

journal article

News judgements: A critical examination of reporting non-convictions for minor crimes

K Hess, L Waller

(2013), Vol. 35, pp. 59-70, Australian Journalism Review, C1

journal article

"Honk Against Homophobia": Rethinking Relations Between Media and Sexual Minorities

P Venzo, K Hess

(2013), Vol. 60, pp. 1539-1556, Journal of Homosexuality, C1

journal article
2012

'The Snowtown we know and love' : small newspapers and heinous crimes

K Hess, L Waller

(2012), Vol. 21, pp. 116-125, Rural society, Maleny, Qld., C1

journal article
2011

Blockbusters for the youtube generation : a new product of convergence culture

K Hess, L Waller

(2011), Vol. 19, pp. 1-12, Refractory : a journal of entertainment media, Melbourne, Vic., C1

journal article

Packaged good: Responses from australian journalism educators on the reporting diversity project

K Hess, L Waller

(2011), Vol. 17, pp. 11-26, Pacific Journalism Review, C1

journal article

The pillory effect : media, the courts and the punitive role of public shaming in Australia

L Waller, K Hess

(2011), Vol. 16, pp. 229-240, Media and arts law review, Chatswood, N.S.W., C1

journal article
2010

Teaching journalism students and regional reporters how to work with cultural diversity

K Hess, L Waller

(2010), pp. 137-152, Asia Pacific media educator, Wollongong, N.S.W., C1

journal article
2009

Play it again, sam: How journalists cashed in on youtube's favourite Koala

K Hess, L Waller

(2009), Vol. 31, pp. 75-84, Australian Journalism Review, C1

journal article
2008

An exploratory study of relationships between local government media officers and journalists in regional Australia

K Hess, L Waller

(2008), Vol. 9, pp. 151-159, Asia Pacific public relations journal, Geelong, Vic., C1-1

journal article

Funded Projects at Deakin

Australian Competitive Grants

Breaking silences: Media, marginalised voices and the child abuse royal commission

A/Prof Kerry McCallum, Dr Tanja Dreher, A/Prof Kristy Hess, Prof Lisa Waller, Prof Eli Skogerbo

ARC - Discovery Projects

  • 2021: $7,461
  • 2020: $16,344
  • 2019: $10,120

Media innovation and the civic future of Australia's country press

A/Prof Kristy Hess, Prof Lisa Waller, Prof Matthew Ricketson, Bruce Morgan

ARC Linkage - Projects

  • 2021: $19,921
  • 2020: $72,432
  • 2019: $35,025

Other Public Sector Funding

Taking notice: the social and emotional impact of war in a regional Australian community

Dr Sarah Pinto, A/Prof Kristy Hess

  • 2019: $2,844

Industry and Other Funding

Naming and shaming: A multi-perspectival view of media shaming for minor crimes and its relationship to the courts

A/Prof Lisa Waller, A/Prof Kristy Hess

  • 2014: $2,000
  • 2013: $3,000

Mixed Fortunes: An examination of circulation rise and decline in two Victorian news communities

A/Prof Kristy Hess

  • 2016: $4,558

Media innovation and the civic future of Australia's country press

A/Prof Kristy Hess, Prof Lisa Waller, Prof Matthew Ricketson, Bruce Morgan

  • 2020: $20,000
  • 2019: $20,000

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report