Staff profile - Kristy Hess

Miss Kristy Hess

Position: Senior Lecturer in Journalism
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Communication & Creative Arts
Phone: +61 3 55633118 +61 3 55633118


Professional activities

Editor, Schools Network (an educational-work experience program for journalism
students provided by The Standard newspaper and Deakin University.
convener of Edward Wilson Post-Cadet Journalism residential program 2007-2011


Teaching Interests

Country Press Australia/Deakin University academic coordinator

Conferences and seminars

PAPERS PRESENTED AT THE FOLLOWING CONFERENCES Journalism Education Association Australia 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 ICOME Communications (Malaysia) 2008 The Land Symposium, Charles Sturt University, Bathurst 2011 MediaAsia Communications Conference (Japan) 2010 INDUSTRY Country Press Australia editorial workshops (2011, 2012)


Awards and prizes

OLT Citation for teaching excellence, 2013

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.


Research projects


Hess, K (2013) Tertius Tactics: Mediated Social Capital as a Resource of Power for
Traditional Commercial News Media, Communication Theory DOI:

Hess, K (2013) Breaking boundaries: Recasting the 'local' newspaper as 'geo-social'
news, Digital Journalism 1(1) 48-63 DOI:10.1080/21670811.2012.714933

Venzo, P & Hess, K (2013) Honk against homophobia: rethinking relationships
between media and sexual minorities in regional Australia, Journal of Homosexuality
vol. 61 (in press)

media shaming practices, regional newspapers, social capital and non-metropolitan
newspapers (PhD), local government and the media, media and society

Research interests

social capital and the media;  local, hyperlocal and community news; media power and society, 'naming and shaming' in digital times.

Research grants

$5000 Victoria Law Foundation - media as modern pillory (joint project with Lisa Waller 2013)

Research page

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