Dr Janet Fulton

Dr Janet Fulton

Lecturer

School of Design Communication and IT (Communication)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Janet Fulton is a lecturer and researcher in Communication and Media and the Deputy Program Convenor of the Bachelor of Communication. She has taught into the Communication program 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 Creative Industries and Technology Centre.

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.

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 and Research Association of Australia's (JERAA) 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.

Her latest research projects include an examination of new media producers in the Australian media landscape and a collaborative study with A/Prof Marj Kibby studying Gen Y, Facebook and surveillance.

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. In 2014, Janet received a Faculty Teaching and Learning Outstanding Performer (Academic) Awards for consistently excellent results in student feedback surveys and implementing innovative teaching strategies to increase student satisfaction in a core first-year Communication course.

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 

Administrative Expertise
Janet is the Deputy Program Convenor for the Bachelor of Communication and, as part of this role, represents the Communication discipline on the Faculty of Science and IT Teaching and Learning Committee. 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. 

Collaborations
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.


Qualifications

  • PhD (Communication & Media Arts), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Communication, University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Communication (Honours), University of Newcastle
  • Graduate Certificate (Practice-Tertiary Teaching), University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Creativity and Cultural Production
  • Digital Communication
  • Future of Journalism
  • International Media Studies
  • Journalism
  • Journalism Education
  • Media Ownership
  • Print Journalism
  • Professional Writing
  • Social Media

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
190301 Journalism Studies 20
200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified 80

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

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

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/07/2012 - 1/11/2012 Sessional

In this role, Janet taught CMNS3310 Communication, Creativity and Cultural Production and CMNS2720 Media, Law, Ethics.

University of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT
Australia
1/07/2012 - 1/10/2012 Casual Academic

Tutoring and Lecturing in CMNS1090 Introduction to Professional Writing

Navitas
Newcastle International College
Australia
1/08/2011 - 1/06/2012 Associate Lecturer University of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT
Australia
1/02/2007 - 1/07/2011 Sessional

Tutoring in CMNS1090 Introduction to Professional Writing and CMNS3310 Communication, Creativity and Cultural Production

University of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT
Australia

Membership

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/2012 -  Membership Journalism Educators Association of Australia (JEAA)
Australia
1/01/2007 -  Membership Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ)
Australia
1/01/2006 -  Membership Australia New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)
Australia
1/01/2005 -  Membership Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA)
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/07/1990 - 1/01/2012 Office Manager VitalCom Newcastle
Australia

Awards

Recipient

Year Award
2014 Faculty Teaching and Learning Outstanding Performer (Academic) Awards
Unknown
2010 School of Design, Communication and Information Technology RHD Completion Scholarship
University of Newcastle
2009 Faculty of Science and Information Technology RHD Conference Scholarship
University of Newcastle
2006 Australian Post Graduate Award
University of Newcastle
2003 Melinda Moore Memorial Award
University of Newcastle

Recognition

Year Award
2005 Faculty of Science and Information Technology Faculty Medal
University of Newcastle

Invitations

Panel Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2014 Motivations for studying journalism (Studying Australian journalism students panel)
Organisation: Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia
2012 The Business of Journalism
<p>Organisation: Journalism Education Association of Australia </p><p>Description: Janet took part in a panel at the JEAA 2012 conference to discuss creativity and cultural production in relation to citizen journalism.</p>

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2013 Creativity in Higher Education: The Newcastle Experience
<p>Organisation: ANZCA </p><p>Description: Janet took part in a panel at the ANZCA 2013 conference to discuss how to teach creativity in a Communication program. Her paper was titled 'Why do I need to learn theory when I just want to make stuff'.</p>

Thesis Examinations

Year Level Discipline Thesis
2013 Honours Other Incorporating social media: how 92.5 ABC Central Coast radio uses Facebook and Twitter to connect with audiences
Honours thesis in the Bachelor of Communication (Newcastle)
2013 Honours Other Policy in Media Production: Structural Effects on Creativity
Honours thesis in the Bachelor of Communication (Newcastle)
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Publications

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


Chapter (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Kibby 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
2013 Fulton 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 (7 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Hanusch F, Clifford K, English P, Fulton JM, Lindgren M, O'Donnell P, et al., 'Australian journalism students¿ professional views and news consumption: Results from a representative study', Australian Journalism Review, 37 5-19 (2015)
2014 Fulton JM, 'Mentoring and Australian journalism', Australian Journalism Review, 36 45-56 (2014) [C1]
2013 Fulton J, McIntyre P, 'Futures of Communication: Communication Studies~Creativity', Review of Communication, 13 269-289 (2013) [C1]

This paper proposes that applying models from within creativity research to the discipline of communication will provide innovative ways of examining communication that pushes cur... [more]

This paper proposes that applying models from within creativity research to the discipline of communication will provide innovative ways of examining communication that pushes current knowledge of cultural production beyond established research programmes. At the University of Newcastle in Australia, researchers have been applying the systems model of creativity developed by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi to different forms of media practice in an attempt to provide a more comprehensive view of communication.Rather than focusing on either the producer or the receiver as the principal source of creativity, as other communication theories such as the transmission model and the cultural context model have done, this paper will demonstrate that the systems model of creativity allows both the producer and receiver to be examined as equal components within a creative system while also providing the contexts for creative production.Csikszentmihalyi argued that creativity is the product of a system that includes three necessary, but not individually sufficient, elements: a domain of knowledge (the cultural context), an individual who understands and uses that knowledge to produce a novel change, and a field (the social context) that understands the domain and uses that knowledge to judge that the individual's contribution is novel and appropriate. All three elements, domain, individual and field, are equally important in producing a creative outcome.The authors contend that the future of theorising about communication may lie in this confluence-based approach and demonstrate this contention by summarising the findings of creativity research in the communication studies discipline at the University of Newcastle. © 2014 National Communication Association.

DOI 10.1080/15358593.2013.872805
Co-authors Phillip Mcintyre
2013 Fulton JM, McIntyre KC, 'Journalists on journalism: Print journalists' discussion of their creative process', Journalism Practice, 7 17-32 (2013) [C1]
DOI 10.1080/17512786.2012.657901
Co-authors Phillip Mcintyre
2013 Fulton 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]
Co-authors Paul Scott
2011 Fulton 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]
2011 Fulton JM, 'Is print journalism creative?', eJournalist, 11 1-20 (2011) [C1]
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Conference (21 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Fulton JM, '¿I have done some things that would quite be qualified as journalism, but I don¿t identify as a journalist¿: who is a journalist in the digital space?', What is Journalism? Past, present, and future, Portland, Oregon, US (2015)
2015 Fulton JM, Kibby M, 'Social Media and the Surveillance Generation', Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference, Queenstown, New Zealand (2015)
Co-authors Marj Kibby
2014 Fulton JM, 'Media entrepreneurship: the value of SNS for alternative media producers', Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia Conference, Sydney, NSW (2014) [E3]
2014 Fulton JM, 'Media entrepreneurship: alternative paths for media producers', Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference: The digital and the social: communication for inclusion and exchange, Melbourne, Vic (2014) [E1]
2013 Parmeter 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]
2013 Fulton 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]
2013 Queek 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]
Co-authors Paul Scott
2013 Scott 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]
Co-authors Paul Scott
2013 Fulton 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]
2013 Fulton 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
2012 Fulton JM, Scott PB, 'Tilling the field in journalism education', Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E3]
Co-authors Paul Scott
2012 Fulton JM, 'Journalists and their audience', Refereed Proceedings of the 2012 Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Conference, Adelaide, SA (2012) [E1]
2010 Fulton 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]
2009 Fulton 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
2009 Fulton 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]
2009 Fulton 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]
2008 Fulton JM, 'The creative print journalist', 2008 JEA Conference: Research, Investigation, Storytelling, Wollongong, NSW (2008) [E3]
2008 Fulton JM, 'Print journalism and the creative process: Traditional versus digital', Comparative Journalism Studies 2008: Abstracts and Papers, Hobart (2008) [E1]
2008 Fulton JM, 'Print journalism and the creative process: the field', DCIT 2008 RHD Congress, Newcastle (2008) [E2]
2007 Fulton JM, 'Print journalism and the creative process: new technology in news production', DCIT 2007 RHD Congress, Newcastle (2007) [E2]
2006 Fulton JM, 'Print journalism and the creative process: an introduction', Research Higher Degree Students Congress, Newcastle (2006) [E2]
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Other (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Fulton JM, Paton E, 'Creating stories: a comparative analysis of the creative process of fiction writers and journalists in Australia', ( pp.1-1). Melbourne, Vic: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference (2014) [O1]
2014 Fulton JM, Scott P, 'Tilling the field in journalism education: results from a pilot study examining the journalism major at the University of Newcastle', ( pp.1-1). Melbourne, Vic: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference (2014) [O1]
Co-authors Paul Scott

Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

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

Summary

Number of grants 7
Total funding $21,296

Click on a grant title below to expand the full details for that specific grant.


20151 grants / $3,000

What is Journalism? Exploring the Past, Present & Future Conference, University of Oregon, Portland, Oregon, USA, 9-11 April 2015$3,000

Presentation of paper: “I have done some things that would quite be qualified as journalism, but I don’t identify as a journalist”: who is a journalist in the digital space?

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project Team
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2015
Funding Finish 2015
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20142 grants / $10,000

Media entrepreneurship: alternative paths for media producers$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Janet Fulton
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo G1301434
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Media entrepreneurship: alternative paths for media producers$5,000

A new type of media professional, with entrepreneurial skills, has emerged in the contemporary media environment in Australia – a professional that is informing the public but stretching the boundaries of journalism. The aim of this study is to conduct a detailed and applied investigation into the nature of these new media professionals.

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project Team
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20131 grants / $3,000

IAMCR Annual Conference, Dublin City University, Ireland, 25-29 June 2013$3,000

Presentation of paper: 'Mentoring in journalism: its importance, its challenges and its outlook'

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Project Team
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2013
Funding Finish 2013
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20121 grants / $2,200

JEAA Annual Conference, Deakin University, Melbourne, VIC, 3-5 December 2012 $2,200

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $1,500

Creativity: a keyword in print journalism$1,500

Travel Grant Description: Grant to attend conference: ‘Keywords in Communication’ International Communication Association conference held in Chicago, provided by School of Design, Communication and IT

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2009
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20081 grants / $1,596

Print journalism and the creative process: traditional versus digital$1,596

Grant to attend conference: Comparative Journalism Conference 2008, University of Tasmania, Tasmania, provided by School of Design, Communication and IT, 2008 RHD Student Support

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Current Supervision

Commenced Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Framing rape: victim blaming in Western media
Communication & Media Studies, University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 “Manus Island may be looking horrendous but at least it’s all going to plan”: How have The Guardian Australian Edition and The Australian framed asylum seekers during, and following, the February 2014 violence on Manus Island?
Communication & Media Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 From both sides of the line: A case study of Singaporean and Malaysian print media during the Pedra Branca territorial dispute
Communication & Media Studies, University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor
2013 Australia and the rise of India: Constructing cultural perceptions in news content
Communication & Media Studies, University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2013 We Lead, Others Follow: Produsage and Small Sporting Organisations and Their Interactions With Facebook Users
Communication & Media Studies, University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
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Research Projects

New Media Entrepreneurship 2014 - 2015

Grants

Media entrepreneurship: alternative paths for media producers

Funding body: University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Description A new type of media professional, with entrepreneurial skills, has emerged in the contemporary media environment in Australia &ndash; a professional that is informing the public but stretching the boundaries of journalism. The aim of this study is to conduct a detailed and applied investigation into the nature of these new media professionals.
Project Team
Scheme New Staff Grant

Media entrepreneurship: alternative paths for media producers

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Janet Fulton
Scheme New Staff Grant

Publications

Fulton JM, 'Media entrepreneurship: alternative paths for media producers', Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference: The digital and the social: communication for inclusion and exchange, Melbourne, Vic (2014) [E1]
Fulton JM, 'Media entrepreneurship: the value of SNS for alternative media producers', Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia Conference, Sydney, NSW (2014) [E3]
Fulton JM, '¿I have done some things that would quite be qualified as journalism, but I don¿t identify as a journalist¿: who is a journalist in the digital space?', What is Journalism? Past, present, and future, Portland, Oregon, US (2015)

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Research Collaborations

The map is a representation of a researchers co-authorship with collaborators across the globe. The map displays the number of publications against a country, where there is at least one co-author based in that country. Data is sourced from the University of Newcastle research publication management system (NURO) and may not fully represent the authors complete body of work.

Country Count of Publications
Australia 1
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Dr Janet Fulton

Position

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

Focus area

Communication

Contact Details

Email janet.fulton@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6923
Links Academia.edu
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ResearchGate
Twitter
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Office

Room MCG08
Building McMullin Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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