Dr Janet Fulton

Dr Janet Fulton

Lecturer

School of Design Communication and IT (Communication)

Crafting competent communicators

Dr Janet Fulton is a lecturer in Communication and Media. Her research focuses on the dynamic topography of information dissemination, and exchange, in the digital age.

Janet Fulton

From fauxrage to mommy-bloggers, Janet's determination to keep abreast of on-line trends and movements make her a potent educator in an ever-changing field.

In fact, Janet specifically chooses topics of research that allow her to teach her students more effectively.

Current areas of focus include journalism, social media, international media, creativity and cultural production, journalism education, and the future of journalism in the digital age.

Janet's passion for teaching is displayed by her representation of 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.

The fluidity of social media, and the dynamic nature of information dissemination in the digital age means Janet's work, as a researcher and educator, is never done.

"I'm absolutely fascinated to see what is going to happen in the next five or ten years."

"I can't wait to see what comes next and I intend to stick around to research it, and teach in it," Janet says.

RESEARCH INFORMS TEACHING INFORMS RESEARCH

Janet began her academic career late after partnering in a successful small business and having children.

After excelling in Open Foundation, she pursued and obtained First Class Honours. A PhD followed, with a focus on journalism.

"I came to university to do something with my brain, and fell in love with both the research and education aspects of academia," Janet smiles.

Janet's rigorous research style is not only vital to her own career success, but inextricably linked to the viability of the future careers pursued by her students.

"My research interests, and what I find out about my research interests, feed directly into my teaching practice," Janet says.

"I think it is very important to try to be on the cutting edge of research in the areas that I am teaching into, so that students have very up-to-date skills and knowledge."

"We are teaching students who want to go out into a workplace, and they may not be able to get a job that they expect to get."

"So I think it's really important for me to understand, literally, where they can get jobs."

NEW MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES

The question of whether traditional journalism is becoming redundant in the face of a growing digital monopoly is one Janet is no stranger to.

Despite the highly publicised shedding of positions by large mainstream media organisations, Janet emphasises that her research shows that opportunities for multi-skilled graduates are constantly appearing.

"There are lots of new players coming into the field, publications like Huffington Post and Guardian Australia and The New Daily," Janet explains.

"At the moment, community newspapers are still faring relatively well; and there are people out there earning income from self-administered on-line news sites, or blogs."

According to Janet, generating blogs with content related to children, politics, food, and sport can be particularly lucrative.

"I am currently working on a project researching new media entrepreneurship," Janet reveals.

"These entrepreneurs make money out of advertising, sponsored posts, conferences, training, and writing books."

"So, while they may not have a wage as such, they are earning money differently to how it's happened before."

THE SKILLS TO PAY THE BILLS

Although journalism is her main area of interest, Janet's expertise as a researcher and educator extends beyond journalism practice.

"I teach into international media studies which covers content such as public relations, media production, media studies and journalism."

"I also teach a first year introductory course in digital communication that covers quite a lot of programs."

Not only are media students being trained across many skill areas, but Communication subjects are becoming increasingly attractive to students across faculties.

A recent large-scale collaboration with nine other universities across Australia confirmed Janet's anecdotal understandings of the motivations of students specifically studying journalism.

"When we asked the journalism students why they chose journalism, 30% said they didn't want to actually become journalists, but they wanted to learn the skills that journalists have," Janet notes.

"Researching, writing and communication skills, are essential across a wide range of jobs, and students are increasingly recognising that."

"As well as Communication students we regularly have design, information technology, business, and teaching students completing our courses."

"We've also had psychology students, and some maths and science students. Advanced communication skills are invaluable in any profession."

INTEGRATING LEARNING

Current research related to changing media delivery informs the best practice content and scope of programs within the School.

"What we try to do with our students is to give them a rounded education," Janet says.

"So they all have to do some media production courses, they have to know how to write and do voice work and video work."

"That way, whatever comes up, our students will be prepared."

Before culminating in professional placement - a formal work-integrated learning course completed during the final year of studies - real world learning experiences are embedded through each stage of all programs to ensure students are job-ready.

"In one of our first year courses, the students take part in ABC Open, and they are assessed on the quality of their competition entry," Janet explains.

"In our public relations major stream, we have organisations present their campaigns, which the public relations students then assess."

"Through these authentic experiences, our students gain real skills, but also contribute to community and non-profit organisations."

SOCIAL MEDIA

Another area of particular interest for Janet is social media.

An avid Twitter user, Janet posts links to course-relevant material using a hashtag invented for the targeted class.

She recently collaborated on a pilot project with Associate Professor Marj Kibby looking at the Millennial generation, social media, and surveillance.

The project explored the manner in which Millennials, young people aged 18-35, use Facebook.

"We found that there appears to be a real disconnect between what people expect to be able to see online, and what they would like people to see about them online," Janet says.

"Also, participants weren't overly concerned with Facebook collecting and on-selling their information, but they didn't like government or law enforcement agencies to have access to that same information."

Janet is interested to learn if expansion of the project to include a larger cohort, more social media platforms and a wider intake area, will quantify anecdotal trends observed in her students.

"I have some research interests that could benefit from some really big research projects so I will pursue those," Janet says.

"In the meantime, I will continue with teaching and researching in my areas of interest."

"I love my job, I just love it."

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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, new media entrepreneurship, social media, journalism education and the future of journalism in the digital domain. 

Janet is a member of the Hunter Creative Industries and Technology Centre and the Communication and Media Research (CAMR) group where she plays a key role in promoting the Group's research. Janet developed the Group's website and manages the site and Twitter account to disseminate the Group's research achievements.

Previously, Janet worked in a successful, innovative 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 included complying with regulatory and legal requirements as well as running the administrative side of the business, marketing and managing staff. 

Janet is interested in writing in an online environment and has published a number of articles online on sites including ABC Open, MamaMia, The Thesis Whisperer and her own University blogsite. She is an active Twitter user and can be found 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's latest book, co-edited with A/Prof Phillip McIntyre and Dr Elizabeth Paton, The Creative System in Action: Understanding Cultural Production and Practice, is focused on empirical studies into creativity that use the systems approach to creativity. It examines creative practice in a range of fields including music, journalism, fiction and non-fiction writing, film, documentary-making, theatre, new media, and arts and design.

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, which has generated several publications, and a collaborative study with A/Prof Marj Kibby studying Gen Y, social media 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
  • CMNS4100 Research Methods

She has also coordinated courses at the University of Newcastle Singapore campus and Newcastle International College:

  • 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 School of DCIT Teaching and Learning Committee and the Faculty of Science and IT Teaching and Learning Committee. As part of her duties with this Committee, she has represented the Faculty at the Orientation Working Group.

Previous roles include the School of DCIT representative on the ECT sub-committee of the Faculty of Science and IT Research and Research Training Committee, and the facilitator for the Communication discipline RHD support group where she organised and managed monthly meetings for the Communication discipline RHD students. Janet also co-ordianted the research seminar program for two years for the School of Design, Communication and IT.

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. In this role, she is also co-coordinating the 'Open' stream.

Janet is regularly asked to review conference papers, journal articles and book chapters for national and international publications. She also reviews ethics applications, sits on confirmation and completion panels, and supervises Honours and RHD research.

In 2015, Janet was the discipline coordinator for the Live It! program, which provides experiences to disadvantaged youth. In this role, she coordinated staff and student volunteers for Year Nine students to experience the University's TV studio and the virtual lab.

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

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 collaborating with Associate Professor Marj Kibby on the Millennial generation's perception of Facebook and surveillance. They have co-authored several publications from the research and are working on others including competitive grant applications. 

Janet was also invited to take part in a research project that examined 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 asked Janet to conduct the data collection at the University of Newcastle. 

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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
  • New Media Entrepreneurship
  • Print Journalism
  • Social Media
  • Social media and surveillance

Fields of Research

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

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/11/2012 -  Lecturer in Media and Communication University of Newcastle
School of Design, Communication and IT
Australia
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
25/04/2016 -  Membership International Association of Media and Communication Research
France
1/01/2012 -  Membership Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA)
Australia
1/01/2007 -  Membership Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ)
Australia
1/01/2006 -  Membership Australian and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)
Australia
1/01/2005 -  Membership Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA)
Australia

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/07/2015 -  Co-convenor ANZCA 2016 conference Australian & New Zealand Communication Association
Australia
1/07/2015 -  Co-convenor ANZCA 2016 conference Australian & New Zealand Communication Association
Australia
1/07/1990 - 1/01/2012 Office Manager VitalCom Newcastle
Australia

Awards

Recipient

Year Award
2014 Faculty Teaching and Learning Outstanding Performer (Academic) Awards
Faculty of Science and Information Technology,The University of Newcastle
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)
Janet was part of a panel that discussed Australian journalism students and their motivations for studying journalism.
2012 The Business of Journalism

Janet took part in a panel at the JEAA 2012 conference to discuss creativity and cultural production in relation to citizen journalism.

Participant

Year Title / Rationale
2013 Creativity in Higher Education: The Newcastle Experience

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’.


Thesis Examinations

Year Level Discipline Thesis
2015 Honours Other Making it up as they go: Using Instagram in public relations to grow small and micro businesses
2014 Honours Other Policy in Media Production: Structural Effects on Creativity
Honours thesis in the Bachelor of Communication (Newcastle)
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)

Teaching

Code Course Role Duration
CMNS1090 Introduction to Professional Writing
School of Design, Communication & IT, University of Newcastle
Introduces students to the basic forms and techniques of writing required for communication practice in journalism and public relations. Students are set writing tasks which offer the potential for publication. Workshops provide the opportunity for students to develop skills to meet new writing challenges, to critically examine examples of professional writing, to discuss their own work with their peers, and to consider the role of the professional writer in various social, cultural and professional contexts. Students should note that this is not a remedial writing course.
Tutor 26/02/2007 - 3/06/2011
CMNS3270 Communication and Discourse
School of Design, Communication & IT, University of Newcastle

Examines selected discourses to see in what ways professional practice can both constrain and enable. Students will also consider professional conventions, rules, institutional structures and the private and public practices of individuals and groups to see how power relationships are constructed and maintained.

Tutor 24/02/2014 - 6/06/2014
CMNS1000 Introduction to Digital Communication
School of Design, Communication & IT, University of Newcastle
Introduces students to a range of digital media forms and practices. It deals with some of the social, political and cultural implications of digital media, focusing particularly on the Internet. Students will also gain skills in the use of the Internet as a research tool for communication culture.
Course coordinator, lecturer and tutor 29/07/2013 - 7/11/2015
CMNS3310 Communication, Creativity and Cultural Production
School of Design, Communication & IT, University of Newcastle
Students will analyse competing theoretical frameworks and study various individual and collective creative practices as well as discuss methods of enhancing creativity. They will examine and analyse the issues associated with creativity and cultural production such as originality and authenticity, the notion of individual genius, and possible limitations placed upon creative freedom by culture industries. On completion, students will have gained an understanding of creativity as it applies to professional careers in radio, film and television, journalism, audio and other spheres of cultural production.
Tutor 30/07/2007 - 2/11/2012
CMNS2720 Media, Law, Ethics
School of Design, Communication & IT, University of Newcastle
The course introduces students to a broad range of specific ethical and legal issues pertinent to various aspects of the media. The course will investigate and analyse techniques for dealing with moral problems and moral dilemmas that students may encounter in their professional lives. The course will also examine and analyse the general nature of ethical, legal and moral discourse pertaining to professional communication.
Tutor 30/07/2012 - 2/11/2012
CMNS2620 Media Ownership and Control
School of Design, Communication & IT, University of Newcastle
Explores the structures that govern the ownership and control of media and communication in Australia. It pays attention to the legislation and regulations, as well as to the economic, political, social and technological factors which govern the media. Includes comparative studies of media ownership and control in other countries.
Coordinator, lecturer, tutor 25/07/2011 - 4/11/2011
CMNS3320 International Media Studies
School of Design, Communication & IT, University of Newcastle
Examines the relationship between the media and the societies and cultures within which they exist, nationally, internationally and globally. It contributes to the student's scholarship by developing advanced writing and research skills and a critical understanding of the global context of international media including social, cultural, political and economic influences and impacts.
Course coordinator, lecturer and tutor 27/02/2012 - 3/06/2016
CMNS4100 Communication Honours I: Research Methods
School of Design, Communication & IT, University of Newcastle
This course provides students with a review and elaboration of some of the key philosophical, ontological and epistemological issues that underlie thinking about design, communication and information technology research and research practices. Differing methodologies are examined in the context of the applications of these methods to design, communication, and information technology research. Emphasis is given to the application of specific research techniques and critiques of underlying theoretical assumptions as well as ethical considerations for research.
Course co-ordinator and tutor 22/02/2016 - 3/06/2016
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Publications

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

Highlighted Publications

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
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]
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
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]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Marj Kibby
2015 Fulton JM, 'Are You A Journalist? New Media Entrepreneurs and Journalists in the Digital Space', Javnost - The Public: Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture, 22 362-374 (2015)
DOI 10.1080/13183222.2015.1091624
Citations Scopus - 2
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) [C1]
2016 McIntyre P, Fulton JM, Paton E, The Creative System in Action: Understanding Cultural Production and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, UK, 216 (2016)
DOI 10.1057/9780230358614
Co-authors Phillip Mcintyre
2016 Fulton JM, 'Print Journalism and the System of Creativity', The creative system in action: understanding cultural production and practice, Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK 87-99 (2016)
2016 Hanusch F, Clifford K, Davies K, English P, Fulton JM, Lindgren M, et al., 'For the lifestyle and a love of creativity: Australian journalism students¿ motivations for becoming journalists', Media International Australia, 1-13 (2016)
DOI 10.1177/1329878X16638894

Book (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 McIntyre P, Fulton JM, Paton E, The Creative System in Action: Understanding Cultural Production and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, UK, 216 (2016)
DOI 10.1057/9780230358614
Co-authors Phillip Mcintyre

Chapter (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 McIntyre P, Fulton JM, Paton E, 'Conclusion: Future Directions?', The creative system in action: understanding cultural production and practice, Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK 200-206 (2016)
Co-authors Phillip Mcintyre
2016 Fulton JM, Paton E, 'The systems model of creativity', The creative system in action: understanding cultural production and practice, Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK 27-46 (2016)
2016 Fulton JM, 'Print Journalism and the System of Creativity', The creative system in action: understanding cultural production and practice, Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK 87-99 (2016)
2016 McIntyre P, Fulton JM, Paton E, 'Introduction', The creative system in action: understanding cultural production and practice, Palgrave Macmillan, London, UK 1-12 (2016)
Co-authors Phillip Mcintyre
2016 Meany MM, 'Comedy, Creativity, Agency: The Hybrid Individual', The Creative System in Action: Understanding Cultural Production and Practice, Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, UK 169-184 (2016)
Co-authors Michael Meany
2016 Kerrigan SM, 'Reconceptualizing Creative Documentary Practice', The Creative System in Action, Palgrave Macmillan, Houndsmill, basingstoke, Hampshire; New York 125-138 (2016)
DOI 10.1057/9781137509468
Co-authors Susan Kerrigan
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]
Citations Scopus - 1
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]
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Journal article (9 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2016 Hanusch F, Clifford K, Davies K, English P, Fulton JM, Lindgren M, et al., 'For the lifestyle and a love of creativity: Australian journalism students¿ motivations for becoming journalists', Media International Australia, 1-13 (2016)
DOI 10.1177/1329878X16638894
2015 Fulton JM, 'Are You A Journalist? New Media Entrepreneurs and Journalists in the Digital Space', Javnost - The Public: Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture, 22 362-374 (2015)
DOI 10.1080/13183222.2015.1091624
Citations Scopus - 2
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) [C1]
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 (27 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 (2015)
2015 Scott P, Fulton JM, 'About the free in freelance: Communication industries and work integrated learning at two Australian universities', Refereed Proceedings of the WACE 19th World Conference on Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education (2015)
Co-authors Paul Scott
2015 Fulton JM, 'New media entrepreneurship: building credibility online', Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference: Rethinking communication, space and identity (2015)
2015 Link M, Fulton JM, '¿I suggest to people, particularly females, they shouldn¿t be alone in parks¿: An exploration of Australian news media and the changing nature of victim-blaming rhetoric', Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia Conference (2015)
2015 Kibby M, Fulton JM, 'Surveillance, Privacy, and Social Media' (2015)
Co-authors Marj Kibby
2015 Fulton JM, Kibby M, 'Social Media and the Surveillance Generation', ANZCA 2015: rethinking Communication, Space and Identity (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 (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 (2014) [E1]
2014 Fulton 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 (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', Australian and New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference (2014) [O1]
Co-authors Paul Scott
2013 Parmeter S, Fulton JM, 'Australia and the rise of India: Constructing cultural perceptions in online news', 4th New Zealand Discourse Conference (refereed abstract) (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) (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) (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) (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (2010) [E1]
2009 Fulton JM, McIntyre KC, 'Creativity: A keyword in print journalism', 59th Annual Conference of the International Communication Association (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 (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 (2009) [E1]
2008 Fulton JM, 'The creative print journalist', 2008 JEA Conference: Research, Investigation, Storytelling (2008) [E3]
2008 Fulton JM, 'Print journalism and the creative process: Traditional versus digital', Comparative Journalism Studies 2008: Abstracts and Papers (2008) [E1]
2008 Fulton JM, 'Print journalism and the creative process: the field', DCIT 2008 RHD Congress (2008) [E2]
2007 Fulton JM, 'Print journalism and the creative process: new technology in news production', DCIT 2007 RHD Congress (2007) [E2]
2006 Fulton JM, 'Print journalism and the creative process: an introduction', Research Higher Degree Students Congress (2006) [E2]
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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 8
Total funding $22,113

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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 N

20143 grants / $10,817

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 N

Journalism Students Across the Globe - Australia$817

Research money to assist in carrying out a project that examined journalism students’ views and attitudes to journalism education and journalism itself.

Funding body: Hunter Creative Industries and Technology Centre

Funding body Hunter Creative Industries and Technology Centre
Project Team
Scheme Hunter Creative Industries and Technology Centre Funding
Role Lead
Funding Start 2014
Funding Finish 2014
GNo
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON N

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 N

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 N

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 N

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 N
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed5
Current1

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD0.1

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2014 PhD Work, Health and Safety (WHS) Compliance in the Australian Film and Television (TV) Industry
PhD (Comm & Media Arts), Faculty of Science and Information Technology, The University of Newcastle
Co-Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title / Program / Supervisor Type
2015 Honours “I suggest to people, particularly females, they shouldn’t be alone in parks”: How did The Age, the Herald Sun, The Daily Telegraph and The Sydney Morning Herald perpetuate victim-blaming through initial reports of the Masa Vukotic case, and what did contextual shifts reveal about the changing nature of victim-blaming as a societal discourse?
Communication & Media Studies, University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2014 Honours “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 Honours 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 Honours Australia and the rise of India: Constructing cultural perceptions in news content
Communication & Media Studies, University of Newcastle
Sole Supervisor
2013 Honours 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

Journalism Students Across the Globe - Australia 2014

This project was undertaken as part of a study of journalism students in 40 countries around the globe. The purpose of this project is to explore the ways in which journalists are prepared for the industry in Australia, and the ways in which university education affects students’ professional views, ethical standards and their views of the industry.

The research project was run by Associate Professor Folker Hanusch and included 10 Universities including, QUT, Monash, University of the Sunshine Coast, La Trobe, UTS, University of South Australia, Edith Cowan, University of Sydney, University of Tasmania and University of Newcastle.

Grants

Journalism Students Across the Globe - Australia

Funding body: Hunter Creative Industries and Technology Centre

Funding body Hunter Creative Industries and Technology Centre
Description Research money to assist in carrying out a project that examined journalism students’ views and attitudes to journalism education and journalism itself.
Scheme Hunter Creative Industries and Technology Centre Funding

Publications

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) [C1]

Hanusch F, Clifford K, Davies K, English P, Fulton JM, Lindgren M, et al., 'For the lifestyle and a love of creativity: Australian journalism students¿ motivations for becoming journalists', Media International Australia, 1-13 (2016)


Try before you buy?: The changing nature of internships in media and communication industries 2013 -

What constitutes an ideal internship for student learning in a communication program? There is a building body of evidence to suggest that work integrated learning (WIL) both enhances and enthuses student learning. Students and employers involved in WIL opportunities coordinated through the communication program at UoN often reflect upon the experience in a manner largely demonstrative of mutual benefit. However, the issue of unpaid internships and the exploitation of student enthusiasm in communication industries has received global critique over the last several years and Fair Work Australia’s 2013 report Experience or Exploitation found media industries to be prone to fostering exploitative internships, particularly in journalism and public relations.

This project is examining those tensions in the context of an increased desire by the Government and universities to encourage WIL. The March 2015 announcement of a WIL national strategy focusing on student learning, improving employment opportunities and integrating employers’ needs has outlined some key challenges. This project is timely because it meets two key areas underpinning the national strategy: “partnerships to proactively support Industry University engagement in WIL” and “maximising impact – assessing what works and working together to get the most value”.

This project will facilitate an approach to WIL that places emphasis on the triangulated inter-relationship of design, implementation and evaluation of well-executed WIL. It will enhance relationships with stakeholders in the Hunter region and develop an online resource that enables higher education programs in communication to customise WIL.

Publications

Scott P, Fulton JM, 'Try before you buy?: The changing nature of internships in journalism', Journalism Education Association of Australia Conference (refereed abstract) (2013) [E3]

Scott P, Fulton JM, 'About the free in freelance: Communication industries and work integrated learning at two Australian universities', Refereed Proceedings of the WACE 19th World Conference on Cooperative & Work-Integrated Education (2015)

Collaborators

Name Organisation
Mr Paul Brian Scott University of Newcastle
Doctor Judith Anne Sandner University of Newcastle

Social media, Millennials and surveillance 2014 -

Associate Professor Marj Kibby and Dr Janet Fulton are examining how 18-34 year-olds (Millennial Generation) use social media and their understanding of surveillance and privacy in the social media space

Publications

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]

Fulton JM, Kibby M, 'Social Media and the Surveillance Generation', ANZCA 2015: rethinking Communication, Space and Identity (2015)

Kibby M, Fulton JM, 'Surveillance, Privacy, and Social Media' (2015)

Collaborators

Name Organisation
Associate Professor Marj Diane Kibby University of Newcastle
Doctor Janet Michelle Fulton University of Newcastle

Social media, Millennials and surveillance 2014 -

Associate Professor Marj Kibby and Dr Janet Fulton are examining how 18-34 year-olds (Millennial Generation) use social media and their understanding of surveillance and privacy in the social media space

Publications

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]

Fulton JM, Kibby M, 'Social Media and the Surveillance Generation', ANZCA 2015: rethinking Communication, Space and Identity (2015)

Kibby M, Fulton JM, 'Surveillance, Privacy, and Social Media' (2015)

Collaborators

Name Organisation
Associate Professor Marj Diane Kibby University of Newcastle
Doctor Janet Michelle Fulton University of Newcastle

New Media Entrepreneurship 2014 - 2015

Grants

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

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

Funding body University of Newcastle - Faculty of Science & IT
Description 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?
Scheme Travel Grant

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 – 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.
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 (2014) [E1]

Fulton JM, 'Media entrepreneurship: the value of SNS for alternative media producers', Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia Conference (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 (2015)

Fulton JM, 'Are You A Journalist? New Media Entrepreneurs and Journalists in the Digital Space', Javnost - The Public: Journal of the European Institute for Communication and Culture, 22 362-374 (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 8
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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 Research and Innovation Cluster
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Office

Room ICT3-60
Building ICT Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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