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Dr Janet Fulton is a lecturer and researcher in Communication and Media. She has taught into the Bachelor of Communication degree since 2007, with lecturing and tutoring experience in first, second and third year level courses across a range of theory and production courses that feed into the journalism, PR, media production and media studies majors. Her research interests include journalism, creativity and cultural production, social media, journalism education and the future of journalism in the digital domain. 

Janet is a member of the Communication and Media Research (CAMR) group and the Hunter Centre for Creative Industries and Technology (HCIT).

Janet is interested in writing in an online environment and has published a number of articles online on sites including ABC Open, MamaMia and The Thesis Whisperer and is an active Twitter user. You can find her at @JanetFulton.

Qualifications

  • PhD (Communication & Media Arts), University of Newcastle, 29/11/2011
  • Graduate Certificate (Practice-Tertiary Teaching), University of Newcastle, 24/07/2014
  • Bachelor of Communication (Honours), University of Newcastle, 15/12/2005
  • Bachelor of Communication, University of Newcastle, 13/12/2004

Research

Research keywords

  • Creativity and Cultural Production
  • Digital Communication
  • Future of Journalism
  • Journalism Education
  • Print Journalism
  • Social Media

Research expertise

Janet's research focus includes journalism, social media, international media, creativity and cultural production, journalism education, and the future of journalism in the digital age.

Janet’s research in these areas have been published at national and international level in journals including Journalism Practice, Altitude, eJournalist, Journalism Education and Review of Communication and at a number of annual conferences both nationally and internationally including the International Communication Association’s (ICA), Journalism Education Association of Australia's (JEAA) and Australia and New Zealand Communication Association's (ANZCA) annual conferences. Janet also has a chapter in the book 'Positive communication in health and wellness' talking about journalists and the experience of flow and a chapter co-written with Associate Professor Marj Kibby in the book 'An Education in Facebook? Higher Education and the World's Largest Social Network' (eds. Mike Kent & Tama Leaver).

Janet was awarded her PhD (Media and Communication) in November 2011. Her doctoral research project ‘Making the News: Print Journalism and the Creative Process’, applied creativity models to print journalism and investigated how journalists interact with cultural and social structures when they produce, or create, their work.

Languages

  • English

Fields of Research

CodeDescriptionPercentage
200100Communication And Media Studies80
190301Journalism Studies20

Memberships

Body relevant to professional practice.

  • Member - Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA)
  • Member - Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ)

Committee/Associations (relevant to research).

  • Member - Australia New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)
  • Member - Journalism Educators Association of Australia (JEAA))

Awards

Recognition.

2005Faculty of Science and Information Technology Faculty Medal
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Awarded for overall academic achievement and first class honours research

Scholarship

2010School of Design, Communication and Information Technology RHD Completion Scholarship
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Awarded by the School of DCIT to final year RHD students to complete thesis
2009Faculty of Science and Information Technology RHD Conference Scholarship
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Awarded by the Faculty of Science and Information Technology to third-year RHD students to attend an international conference
2006Australian Post Graduate Award
University of Newcastle (Australia)
APA awarded 2006-2009

Undergraduate award

2003Melinda Moore Memorial Award
University of Newcastle (Australia)
Awarded to the student who contributed most to the Bachelor of Communication degree

Invitations

Creativity in Higher Education: The Newcastle Experience
ANZCA, Australia (Conference Presentation - non published.)
2013
The Business of Journalism
Journalism Education Association of Australia, Australia (Invited panellist)
2012

Collaboration

Janet is working on a project with Paul Scott from the University of Newcastle that is examining the structure of journalism education in the University of Newcastle program to ascertain its efficacy in relation to work practices in the journalism industry with the view to expand the review Australia-wide. Janet, Paul and Dr Judith Sandner are also examining Communication students' experiences with internships and work experience.

She is also working with Dr Phillip McIntyre and Dr Elizabeth Paton on a co-edited book of collected chapters on creativity in cultural production and Associate Professor Marj Kibby on the Millennial generation's perception of Facebook and surveillance.

Janet has also been invited to take part in a research project that is examining journalism students’ views and attitudes to journalism education and journalism itself. Dr Folker Hanusch from Queensland University of Technology is part of an international team that includes researchers from 40 countries and has asked Janet to conduct the data collection at the University of Newcastle.

Administrative

Administrative expertise

Janet is the School of DCIT representative on the ECA sub-committee of the Faculty of Science and IT Research and Research Training Committee where she represents the School’s early career academics at Faculty level.

Janet also facilitates the University of Newcastle Communication discipline RHD support group. This role includes running a monthly meeting for higher degree students, organising seminars (including guest speakers), maintaining a Blackboard site, and ensuring there is interesting and relevant information available for the students.

She has also co-ordinated first, second and third year courses in the Bachelor of Communication.

Janet is an Executive Member (NSW Representative) of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA) and is co-convenor of the ANZCA annual conference to be held in Newcastle in 2016.

Outside the university system, Janet has worked in administrative roles since 1981 and since 1990 has worked in a successful family business both in an official capacity as a Director and the Company Secretary of the company and in the day-to-day running of the business as the office manager. These roles include complying with regulatory and legal requirements as well as running the administrative side of the business, computer literacy, marketing, and managing and training staff.

Teaching

Teaching keywords

  • Creativity and Cultural Production
  • Digital Communication
  • International Media Studies
  • Journalism
  • Media Ownership
  • Professional Writing

Teaching expertise

Janet has a Graduate Certificate in the Practice of Tertiary Teaching and has been teaching into the Bachelor of Communication since 2007. She has taught into theory and professional courses in the degree as a sessional, lecturer, tutor and course coordinator.

Over her teaching career, Janet has received consistently high SETs and SFTs with an average of 4.52 out of a possible five in the question that rates the overall quality of the teacher and she has received commendations from the PVC of the Faculty of Science & IT for her contribution to teaching in the Faculty.

Her teaching philosophy is firmly based within a holistic approach where the student and teacher engage with and learn off each other in a two-way interaction rather than the traditional method of teaching students in a one-way transfer of information from teacher to student. She believes in a flexible approach to teaching to enable each student to engage with learning in a way that suits their learning style; she believes in encouraging an atmosphere where students feel comfortable and supported to explore new concepts; and, she believes learning should be an enjoyable experience while giving students a firm grounding in knowledge and critical thinking.

Janet has taught into the following courses:

- CMNS1000 Introduction to Digital Communication

- CMNS1090 Introduction to Professional Writing

- CMNS2620 Media Ownership and Control

- CMNS2720 Media Law and Ethics

- CMNS3270 Communication and Discourse

- CMNS3310 Communication, Creativity and Cultural Production

- CMNS3320 International Media Studies

She has also co-ordinated courses at the University of Newcastle Singapore campus:

- CMNS1000 Introduction to Digital Communication

- CMNS2280 Feature Writing

- CMNS3320 International Media Studies

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Highlighted Publications

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YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2013Fulton JM, 'Communication joy: Print journalists and the experience of flow', Positive Communication in Health and Wellness, Peter Lang, New York 238-251 (2013) [B1]
2013Fulton JM, McIntyre KC, 'Journalists on journalism: Print journalists' discussion of their creative process', Journalism Practice, 7 17-32 (2013) [C1]
2013Fulton JM, Scott PB, 'Tilling the field in journalism education: Implications of a systems model approach for journalism education', Journalism Education, 2 62-75 (2013) [C1]
2014Kibby M, Fulton JM, 'Facebook at Uni: Mutual surveillance and a sense of belonging', An Education in Facebook? Higher Education and the World's Largest Social Network, Routledge, New York 111-120 (2014) [B1]

Co-authors: Marj Kibby

Publications

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Chapter (2 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Kibby M, Fulton JM, 'Facebook at Uni: Mutual surveillance and a sense of belonging', An Education in Facebook? Higher Education and the World's Largest Social Network, Routledge, New York 111-120 (2014) [B1]

Co-authors: Marj Kibby

2013Fulton JM, 'Communication joy: Print journalists and the experience of flow', Positive Communication in Health and Wellness, Peter Lang, New York 238-251 (2013) [B1]

Journal article (6 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Fulton JM, 'Mentoring and Australian journalism', Australian Journalism Review, 36 45-56 (2014) [C1]
2013Fulton JM, Scott PB, 'Tilling the field in journalism education: Implications of a systems model approach for journalism education', Journalism Education, 2 62-75 (2013) [C1]
2013Fulton J, McIntyre P, 'Futures of Communication: Communication Studies~Creativity', Review of Communication, 13 269-289 (2013) [C1]
2013Fulton JM, McIntyre KC, 'Journalists on journalism: Print journalists' discussion of their creative process', Journalism Practice, 7 17-32 (2013) [C1]
2011Fulton JM, 'Is print journalism creative?', eJournalist, 11 1-20 (2011) [C1]
2011Fulton JM, 'Print journalism and the creative process: Examining the interplay between journalists and and the social organisation of journalism', Altitude, 9 1-15 (2011) [C1]
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Conference (19 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2014Fulton JM, Paton E, 'Creating stories: a comparative analysis of the creative process of fiction writers and journalists in Australia', Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference, Melbourne, Vic (2014)
2014Fulton JM, Scott P, 'Tilling the field in journalism education: results from a pilot study examining the journalism major at the University of Newcastle', Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference, Melbourne, Vic (2014)
2013Fulton JM, Balnaves M, 'Australia and changes in Western media', Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference: Global Networks-Global Divides: Bridging New and Traditional Communication Challenges, Fremantle, WA (2013) [E1]

Co-authors: Mark Balnaves

2013Fulton JM, 'The Evolution of Journalism', Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference: Global Networks-Global Divides: Bridging New and Traditional Communication Challenges, Fremantle, WA (2013) [E1]
2013Parmeter S, Fulton JM, 'Australia and the rise of India: Constructing cultural perceptions in online news', 4th New Zealand Discourse Conference (refereed abstract), Auckland, New Zealand (2013) [E3]
2013Queek J, Fulton JM, Scott P, 'From both sides of the line: A case study of Singaporean and Malaysian print media during the Pedra Branca territorial dispute', Journalism Education Association of Australia Conference (refereed abstract), Sunshine Coast, QLD (2013) [E3]
2013Scott P, Fulton JM, 'Try before you buy?: The changing nature of internships in journalism', Journalism Education Association of Australia Conference (refereed abstract), Sunshine Coast, QLD (2013) [E3]
2013Fulton JM, 'Mentoring in journalism: its importance, its challenges and its outlook', International Association of Media and Communication Research Conference (refereed abstract), Dublin, Ireland (2013) [E3]
2012Fulton JM, 'Journalists and their audience', Refereed Proceedings of the 2012 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E1]
2012Fulton JM, Scott PB, 'Tilling the field in journalism education', Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E3]
2010Fulton JM, 'Print journalism and the creative process: The social organisation of journalism and its influence on print journalists' creative practices', Media Democracy and Change: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communications Association Annual Conference 2010, Canberra, ACT (2010) [E1]
2009Fulton JM, 'Print journalism and the creative process: Journalists and the organisation', Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference 2009, Brisbane, QLD (2009) [E1]
2009Fulton JM, McIntyre KC, 'Creativity: A keyword in print journalism', 59th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association, Chicago, ILL (2009) [E1]

Co-authors: Phillip McIntyre

2009Fulton JM, McIntyre P, ''Creativity: a keyword in print journalism', refereed poster presented at the scholar-to-scholar plenary poster session', International Communication Association Annual Conference, Chicago, Illinois, US (2009) [E1]
2008Fulton JM, 'Print journalism and the creative process: Traditional versus digital', Comparative Journalism Studies 2008: Abstracts and Papers, Hobart (2008) [E1]
2008Fulton JM, 'Print journalism and the creative process: the field', DCIT 2008 RHD Congress, Newcastle (2008) [E2]
2008Fulton JM, 'The creative print journalist', 2008 JEA Conference: Research, Investigation, Storytelling, Wollongong, NSW (2008) [E3]
2007Fulton JM, 'Print journalism and the creative process: new technology in news production', DCIT 2007 RHD Congress, Newcastle (2007) [E2]
2006Fulton JM, 'Print journalism and the creative process: an introduction', Research Higher Degree Students Congress, Newcastle (2006) [E2]
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

YearCitationAltmetricsLink
2011Fulton JM, Making the news: print journalism and the creative process, University of Newcastle (2011)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants6
Total funding$18,296

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2014 (2 grants)

Media entrepreneurship: alternative paths for media producers$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020142014
GNo:184968474

Media entrepreneurship: alternative paths for media producers$5,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

Project Team
Doctor Janet Fulton
SchemeRole
New Staff GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$5,00020142014
GNo:G1301434

2013 (1 grants)

IAMCR Annual Conference, Dublin City University, Ireland, 25-29 June 2013$3,000
Funding Body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$3,00020132013
GNo:183800647

2012 (1 grants)

JEAA Annual Conference, Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC, 3-5 December 2012 $2,200
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$2,20020122012
GNo:182826337

2009 (1 grants)

Creativity: a keyword in print journalism$1,500
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,50020092009
GNo:181388074

2008 (1 grants)

Print journalism and the creative process: traditional versus digital$1,596
Funding Body: University of Newcastle

SchemeRole
Travel GrantChief Investigator
Total AmountFunding StartFunding Finish
$1,59620082008
GNo:181388086
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Dr Janet Fulton

Work Phone(02) 4921 6923
Email
PositionLecturer
School of Design Communication and IT
Faculty of Science and Information Technology
The University of Newcastle, Australia
Focus AreaCommunication
Office
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McMullin Building,
Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan NSW 2308
Australia
URL:www.newcastle.edu.au/profile/janet-fulton