PhD (University of Sydney)
My research interests include discursive news values analysis (DNVA), text-image relations, multimodality, visual storytelling and the role of picture galleries in online news reporting. My current research investigates the visual representation of diversity in early childhood picture books published in Australia.
In 2019, I completed an ARC DECRA project investigating contemporary practices in photojournalism in the Australian news media in the wake of massive layoffs among press photographers. This included the ways in which citizens and organisations outside of journalism are re-shaping and re-defining photojournalistic practice through their engagement with the digital economy.
I have also researched the portrayal of women in sports by the Australian news media and participated in an ARC Linkage investigating visual storytelling techniques at the ABC.
In 2010, I completed a PhD on image-text relations in print news media with the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. In 2013, I was a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, UK. I am also a former press photographer.
You can learn more about DNVA, my DECRA Project and other research publications at my research websites listed under 'Related Links' at the end of this page.
I am Associate Professor in Journalism with the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW.
Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA): PROJECT ID: DE160100120
2019: Named in the Top 5 Early Career Researchers in Arts and Humanities in Australia within 10 years of achieving PhD (The Australian, 25 Sept 2019, Research magazine)
Chair, Halliday & Hasan Archive Working Group (2021- )
President of ASFLA (2019-2021)
My Research Supervision
Project Title: Picture editing in mid-twentieth century photojournalism - A historiography of Australian born picture editor Norman Hall (1910-1978)
Project Title: Young readers, visual literacy and the shared reading experience: A social semiotic approach to the reading of picture books
Sameera Durrani, PhD, 'Representing Nations through Visual Narratives: Pakistan and Iran in Time Magazine (1981-2010)'
Juan HE, 'Divergent Values in Multimodal News Discourse from the Perspective of Coupling of Ideation and Value',International Research Practicum, Jumei University.
Yuemei Chen, Master of Arts, 'Multimodal Genre Analysis of Business English Micro-lectures' (商务英语微课的多模态体裁分析) - International Research Practicum, Guangxi University.
Samuel Luke, Master of Arts (Research), 'Welfare Visual Identity: A Social Semiotic Approach'
Nashkabir Izzard Bin Dato Nasaruddin, Graduate Diploma, 'How amateur footage of the Syrian Civil War is incorporated into professional news contexts:The case of Al-Jazeera English and Russia Today'
MDIA3002: Multiplatform Media
MDIA2008: Broadcast Media Practices