Dr Christina Koutsoukos

Dr Christina Koutsoukos

Lecturer - Communication

School of Creative Industries (Communication)

Career Summary

Biography

CAREER SUMMARY

BIOGRAPHY

Dr Christina Koutsoukos lectures into the Communication program specialising in journalism practice in the School of Design,Communication and IT. She joined the University of Newcastle in a fulltime capacity in July 2007 after working in the broadcast media for 27 years in both a fulltime and freelance capacity.This role has allowed her to combine experience in journalism with her desire to foster best journalism practice in young aspiring journalists.

JOURNALISM

My journalism credentials include experience behind and in front of the camera and at the microphone (radio and voice work). I have been a TV news anchor, interviewer, current affairs presenter, business interviewer , general news reporter, news and features producer and radio newsreader. I have been fortunate to work in both public broadcasting (ABC TV and SBS TV) and commercial television and radio (NBN TV Newcastle, Channel 9- Sydney and Perth, 6KY Perth, 2MMMFM and 2GB Sydney)

For eight years (1989-1997) I fronted the special ABC TV program COMPASS which explored religious, moral and ethical issues. The Compass team developed a style of journalism that explored the deep, personal motivations of people's faith and belief systems. That took us into psychological territory such as the grief encounted by people who had lost family members to murder and suicide. During this time  Compass responsible for  the landmark documentary The Ultimate Betrayal which revealed the sexual abuse by clergy scandal in Australian churches.

TRAINER AND EDUCATOR

Over the years I have taught journalism skills to young and mature aged students alike. I've trained rookie reporters for the original SBS Indigenous program ICAM and also young graduate journalists at SKY NEWS AUSTRALIA and SKY BUSINESS.

I was co-director of a training partnership UPFRONT & TALKING (1998-2002).  Its primary aim was to teach people to talk so others want to listen. It covered all areas of public speaking, presentation as well as business communication and media training. Clients included public servants, people in the medical industry, business and even 60 venue managers for the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

I worked as creative director for the Newcastle-based company VOICEMAP in the area of workplace safety education as a consultant from 2006-2009. This involved the dration of workplace orientation, system and machinery training and key policy education for stakeholders in industry and the public service.

QUALIFICATIONS - Educational

  • PhD in Communication and Media Arts, awarded February 2017
  • BACHELOR OF ARTS (COMMUNICATION)  UTS  Majors Journalism and Professional Writing, 1980
  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching 12/12/2009
  • Certificate IV in Assessment and Workplace Training (nationally recognised) December 2003
  • Certificate of Achievement in ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION awarded by Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne, 2000

RESEARCH

RESEARCH KEYWORDS

  • journalism practice
  • journalism evolution
  • journalist education
  • reporting of religion

RESEARCH EXPERTISE

In October 2016 Christina Koutsoukos completed and submitted  her PhD entitled The Journalist: A Secular Priest

How the news criteria or values of secular journalistic practice are applied to the reporting of religion and religious issues in contemporary Australia: An examination of World Youth Day 2008


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Collaborations

Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate Practice of Tertiary Teaching, University of Newcastle
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Newcastle

Keywords

  • Best practice journalism
  • Reporting religion
  • investigative and advocacy journalism

Languages

  • English (Fluent)
  • Greek (Working)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified 25
190301 Journalism Studies 50
200199 Communication and Media Studies not elsewhere classified 25

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Lecturer - Communication University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries
Australia
Lecturer - Communication University of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT
Australia
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Publications

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


Conference (8 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Fulton JM, Biggins FM, Scott P, Koutsoukos C, 'JERAA 2017 Conference Proceedings: The Second Coming of Journalism? Rebirth, resurrection, renewal, resistance, resurgence (Editors)', JERAA2017: The Second Coming of Journalism? Rebirth, resurrection, renewal, resistance, resurgence, Newcastle NSW (2017)
Co-authors Janet Fulton, Felicity Biggins, Paul Scott
2013 Koutsoukos C, 'Journalists - getting the (w) rites of religion', IAMCR 2013 Conference Dublin, Dublin, Ireland (2013)
2013 Koutsoukos C, Horsfield P, 'Australian media traditions and the reporting of sexual abuse by religious leaders', University of Queensland (2013)
2011 Biggins FK, Koutsoukos C, 'A bridge too far? The pedagogical challenges of up-to-the-minute industry practice', ANZCA 2011. Communication on the Edge: Shifting Boundaries & Identities, Hamilton, NZ (2011) [E3]
Co-authors Felicity Biggins
2011 Koutsoukos C, 'Pardon the pun: It's about religion, after all', Refereed proceedings of the Australian and New Zealand Communication Association conference: Communication on the edge 2011, Hamilton, NZ (2011) [E1]
2010 Koutsoukos C, 'A five year plan: Beyond the crumbling fortress and the never-ending story', Media Democracy and Change: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zelaand Communication Association Conference 2010, Canberra, ACT (2010) [E1]
2010 Koutsoukos C, Biggins FK, 'Putting the 'i' into journalism education: The why and the how of the re-working of the journalism curriculum at the University of Newcastle', Media Democracy and Change: Refereed Proceedings of the Australian and New Zelaand Communication Association Conference 2010, Canberra, ACT (2010) [E1]
Co-authors Felicity Biggins
2010 Koutsoukos C, Cassin A, 'World Youth Day Sydney 2008: The acceptable face of religion in contemporary Australia', World Youth Day Sydney 2008: The acceptable face of religion in contemporary Australia, Toronto, Canada (2010)
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Thesis / Dissertation (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2017 Koutsoukos C, The Journalist: A Secular Priest How the news criteria or values of secular journalistic practice are applied to the reporting of religion and religious issues in contemporary Australia: An examination of World Youth Day 2008, University of Newcastle (2017)
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 3
Total funding $35,000

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20122 grants / $30,000

Teaching Relief - Koutsoukos$25,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Anne Llewellyn, Doctor Christina Koutsoukos
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1101088
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

Completion of doctoral thesis entitled "The Journalist: A secular priest? How are the new criteria or values of 'secular' journalistic practice applied to religious issues in contemporary Australia?"$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Christina Koutsoukos
Scheme Equity Research Fellowship
Role Lead
Funding Start 2012
Funding Finish 2012
GNo G1100903
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20091 grants / $5,000

World Youth Day 2008 Case Study$5,000

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Christina Koutsoukos
Scheme New Staff Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2009
Funding Finish 2010
GNo G0900207
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Dr Christina Koutsoukos

Position

Lecturer - Communication
Discipline of Communication and the CAMR group
School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Communication

Contact Details

Email christina.koutsoukos@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 8775

Office

Room MCG.04
Building McMullin Building
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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