Ms Felicity Biggins

Ms Felicity Biggins


School of Design Communication and IT

Career Summary


Felicity Biggins is a Lecturer in Communication in the School of Design, Communication and IT, teaching Journalism and Radio in the Journalism and Media Production majors in the Bachelor of Communication. She is enrolled as a PhD student at the University of Canberra, where she is researching how readers respond to works of literary journalism.

She began her career as a Journalist at the Newcastle Morning Herald in the late '70s. After completing her cadetship and graduating with Honours in Drama in a BA at the University of Newcastle, she moved to the UK, gaining an MA in Theatre Studies from the University of Leeds. Returning to Australia in 1986 she secured a position in ABC Radio, working first in the national news room before transferring to Current Affairs Radio, reporting for such programs as AM, PM and The World Today. In 1992 she and her young family moved back to Newcastle, where she worked as a producer at 1233 before gaining a permanent position at 2NURFM as a producer and announcer. For seven years she presented the Morning Program at the station before resigning to take up a full-time position as a Lecturer in Communication at the University of Newcastle. With her husband playwright Carl Caulfield she runs a small theatre company called Stray Dogs.

Research Expertise
My area of research interest is creative non-fiction writing, a form of journalism whereby a writer uses the techniques of literary writing to tell a factual story. I am enrolled in a PhD in at the University of Canberra under the supervision of professor Matthew Ricketson. My other main area of research interest is the impact of technological change on pedagogy in Journalism and Media Production, especially relating to Radio Studies.

Teaching Expertise
I teach into the Journalism major and the Media Production major in the Communication program in the School of Design, Communication and IT. The courses I co-ordinate and teach into include Introduction to Professional Writing, Introduction to Journalism, Feature Writing, Introduction to Radio, Media Production Radio, Radio Journalism and Journalism. 

My colleague Christina Koutsoukos and I have worked together for the past three years on the need for Journalism education to keep pace with the rapid change affecting the media industry in Australia, in particular its impact on the high-level technological skills reporters will need to have to survive. We are looking into how students cope with the technological demands of cross-media reporting while they are also being asked to acquire all the traditional skills of the journalist and all in a 13 week course.

Conference Presentations (refereed abstracts)

Biggins, F. (2014). Journalist or novelist – how do readers receive works of literary journalism and what impact does that have on the genre’s claims to truth telling and inclusion in the genre of nonfiction? Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia Conference (refereed abstract). University of Technology, Sydney, Australia.

Biggins, F. (2015). The responsibilities of scriptwriters when writing fiction about real people – House of Hancock, a case study. Paper presented at the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2014, University of Canterbury, Queenstown, New Zealand, July 8-10, 2015.

Biggins, F. (2016). Readers respond to The Tall Man – is Chloe Hooper’s celebrated work of literary journalism a victim of the discourse of fatalism or a successful subversion of it? Paper presented at the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2014, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia, July 6-8, 2016.


  • Master of Arts (Drama and Theatre), University of Leeds - UK
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment & Training, TAFE (NSW)
  • Graduate Certificate (Practice-Tertiary Teaching), University of Newcastle


  • Journalism
  • Narrative journalism
  • Radio
  • creative non-fiction
  • feature writing
  • journalism
  • media production
  • radio

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190301 Journalism Studies 50
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy 50

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT


Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2012 -  Membership - Journalism Education Association of Australia Journalism Education Association of Australia
Australia New Zealand Communication Association

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
10/06/1996 - 25/07/2008 Broadcaster

Presenter and producer of programs, including documentaries, radio plays and features. Presented The Morning Show for seven years.



For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Conference (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Biggins FKM, 'Australia and New Zealand Communication Association' (2016)
2015 Biggins FKM, 'Australia and New Zealand Communication Association' (2015)
2014 Biggins FKM, 'Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia' (2014)
2012 Biggins FKM, 'nonfictionnow' (2012)
2011 Biggins FK, Koutsoukos C, 'A bridge too far? The pedagogical challenges of up-to-the-minute industry practice', ANZCA 2011. Communication on the Edge: Shifting Boundaries & Identities (2011) [E3]
2010 Koutsoukos C, Biggins FK, 'Putting the 'i' into journalism education: The why and the how of the re-working of the journalism curriculum at the University of Newcastle', Media Democracy and Change: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zelaand Communication Association Conference 2010 (2010) [E1]
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Research Projects

The Anatomy of Buzz 2014 - 2015

The Anatomy of Buzz by Carl Caulfield was produced by Stray Dogs Theatre Company at the Playhouse in Newcastle. I was producer, director, stage manager and sound engineer.

Where Late the Songbird 2015


Ms Felicity Biggins


School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology

Contact Details

Phone (02) 4921 6781
Fax (02) 4921 7158


Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308