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Katrina Clifford

Lecturer in Journalism, Media and Communications
Strategic Communications Major Coordinator, Bachelor of Media
School of Social Sciences

Room 501, Social Sciences Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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Katrina.Clifford@utas.edu.au

Dr Katrina Clifford is a lecturer in the Journalism, Media and Communications program at the University of Tasmania. She is a specialist in media criminology. Her research focuses on the complex and shifting intersections between law, justice and journalism in the contemporary mediascape. Recent projects have examined the visual framing of crime news as well as the relationship between mediated representations and lived experiences of risk, violence and trauma in the context of mental illness and policing, and crisis events and disasters (e.g. bushfires). Katrina is the co-author of Media and Crime: Content, Context and Consequence (OUP 2017), with Rob White, Professor of Criminology at the University of Tasmania, and the author of Media, Policing and Mental Illness (Palgrave, forthcoming 2018). She has also been a Visiting Scholar in the School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies (JOMEC), Cardiff University (2015).

Biography

Katrina has over ten years experience in the media industry, beginning her career as a journalist, working across a number of business, finance and international trade publications. In 2002, she was awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship to complete a Masters of Research in Media and Communications at Goldsmiths College, University of London. On return to Australia, she resumed her career in journalism as a magazine editor. She later expanded her expertise as a freelance communications consultant and corporate writer, providing strategic advice on policy and stakeholder communications to not-for-profit organisations, including the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Suicide Prevention Australia. Katrina joined the Journalism, Media and Communications program at the University of Tasmania in mid-2011. Prior to this, she was a casual tutor and guest lecturer at the University of Wollongong. She was also part of the Charles Sturt University team that evaluated the NSW Police Force Mental Health Intervention Team pilot program. She completed a PhD on mediated representations of police-involved shootings of mentally ill individuals in crisis in 2013. Katrina maintains strong connections with industry, and has been a judge for the Tasmanian Media Awards. She is also a member of the Mindframe for Universities Advisory Group (Journalism Education) and the Practitioner and Stakeholder Group, supporting the work of the UK-based Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody. She is an affiliated researcher with the Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES) and the Institute for the Study of Social Change (ISC) at the University of Tasmania.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDThe Thin Blue Line of Mental Health: Mediated Representations of Police Use of Force in Mental Health Crisis InterventionsUniversity of CanberraAustralia2013
MRes(Dis)embodied Sight: September 11 and the Politics of Collective Memory, Representation, and ExperienceGoldsmith College, University of LondonUnited Kingdom2003
BA HonsContested 'Histories': Interrogating the Construction of Historical 'Truth' in the Imagery of the JFK AssassinationUniversity of WollongongAustralia2000

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Member, Mindframe for Universities (Journalism Education) Advisory Group
  • Member, Practitioner and Stakeholder Group, Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody

Committee associations

  • Member, Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia
  • Member, Australia and New Zealand Society of Criminology
  • Member, Australia and New Zealand Communications Association

Other

  • Member of the Criminology, Law and Policing Studies (CLP) Research Group, University of Tasmania
  • Research Associate, Tasmanian Institute of Law Enforcement Studies (TILES)
  • Affiliated Researcher, Institute for the Study of Social Change (ISC), University of Tasmania

Administrative expertise

Katrina was the coordinator of Industry Placements and Internships for the Journalism, Media and Communications program at the University of Tasmania from 2011-2016. She has been involved in course reviews for the Journalism, Media and Communications program and as Acting Honours Coordinator. She has also been a member of the Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Committee.

Teaching

Teaching expertise

Katrina's teaching is designed to encourage students to think critically and reflexively about their own media practices and principles in the context of their broader knowledge of journalism, media and communications theory and practice. She provides students with opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge to problem-based examples and work-integrated learning experiences with a view to preparing students for the transition to industry or advanced tertiary studies. Katrina has previously been awarded Teaching Merit Certificates in recognition of her contributions to the Journalism, Media and Communications program at the University of Tasmania, including the design and delivery of the interdisciplinary unit, HEJ342 Media and Crime, which brings together students from Journalism, Media and Communications, Law, and Sociology & Criminology. She was also responsible for the development of HEJ507 Media Relations, an online distance unit for postgraduate students in the Journalism, Media and Communications program. Katrina is a member of the teaching team for the breadth units, Forensic Science in Society and Natural Hazards and Disasters, and has been a presenter for the University of Tasmania Vice-Chancellor's Leadership Awards. In 2016, Katrina was awarded a Teaching Development Grant to develop and deliver a new approach to industry partnerships and work-integrated learning for University of Tasmania Journalism, Media and Communications students.

Teaching responsibility

HEJ240 Professional Practice and Industry Engagement Unit Coordinator

HEJ242 / HEJ342 Media and Crime Unit Coordinator

HEJ247 / HEJ347 Brand Communications Unit Coordinator

HEJ250 / HEJ350 Public Relations Unit Coordinator

Research Invitations

Visiting Scholar, School of Journalism, Media & Cultural Studies, Cardiff University, 2015

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Expertise

  • Crime and media
  • Policing and mental illness
  • News framing of disasters and trauma
  • Journalism, emotions and mediated public participation
  • Risk communications – theory and practice
  • The ethical dimensions of trauma research

Research Themes

Katrina's research aligns with the University's research theme areas of Creativity, Culture and Society and Data, Knowledge and Decisions.

Her work engages with theoretical and empirical understandings of how issues of risk, vulnerability and resilience are communicated within institutional and lay discourses, and mediated through journalistic practices, which are themselves subject to change within an evolving media environment. Katrina is particularly interested in the ways in which mediated representations serve to inform and shape public perceptions of crime, criminality, criminal justice and are, in turn, often contested by the lived experiences of individuals caught up in violent and traumatic events. Adopting a case study approach, which seeks to marry textual analysis with experiential narratives, Katrina's research focuses on the potential for media (traditional and user-generated) to function as an agent for social change. Central to her research interests are the influences and impacts of media practices and frames on the interactions between institutional agencies and citizens and the potential that can emerge for legislative and institutional reform.

Katrina is a member of the University's Criminology, Law and Policing Studies (CLP) Research Group, an interdisciplinary group, which brings together, develops and expands on two existing, but separate research units within the Faculty of Arts: TILES (the Tasmanian Institute for Law Enforcement Studies) and the CRU (Criminology Research Unit). The expertise of researchers within the group spans the fields of police studies, forensic studies, criminology and law reform.

Collaboration

Katrina works with a range of national and international scholars and industry practitioners. In 2014, she collaborated with colleagues from ten universities in the largest survey of journalism students undertaken in Australia. The survey, which formed part of an international study, titled Journalism Students Across the Globe and involving over 40 countries, examined Australian journalism students' backgrounds, motivations, role perceptions, ethical views, views of the media, and news habits. The findings of the survey showed that the closer journalism students are to graduation, the more likely they are to share similar beliefs about the media's role in society with working journalists; supporting the idea that journalistic practice plays a critical role in monitoring and scrutinising leaders in politics, business and civil society.

Katrina is also a member of the University of Tasmania project team for WORLDREP - Europe and Australia in the World: Reporting Political, Environmental and Social Change (2015-2018), which is supported by the EU-ICI-ECP and the Australian Government ENCOUNTER programme. Project partners include Griffith University, Australia; University of Applied Sciences Utrecht, The Netherlands; the Danish School of Media and Journalism, Denmark; and a number of local and international industry partners. The first of its kind, the million-dollar student mobility project provides 40 undergraduate journalism students (10 from each of the partner institutions) access to intensive one-year international study programmes that complement and build upon their tertiary studies at their home institution. Students earn internationally recognised dual degrees.

Katrina is also currently part of the research team for the Institute of Social Change's 'Risk and Resilience' Flagship Project, which brings together researchers from across the fields of Law, Sociology, Criminology and Geography and Spatial Science at the University of Tasmania to examine how individuals and communities understand and respond to risks (natural and social) in their everyday lives, and build individual and community resilience.

Fields of Research

  • Journalism Studies (190301)
  • Media Studies (200104)
  • Criminological Theories (160204)

Research Objectives

  • The Media (950204)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Law and Legal Studies (970118)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing (970119)

Publications

Total publications

33

Journal Article

(7 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Hawley E, Clifford K, Konkes C, 'The Rosie Batty effect' and the framing of family violence in Australian news media', Journalism Studies ISSN 1461-670X (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/1461670X.2017.1343096 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Hawley E; Konkes C

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2016Hanusch F, Clifford K, Davies K, English P, Fulton J, et al., 'For the lifestyle and a love of creativity: Australian students' motivations for studying journalism', Media International Australia, 160, (1) pp. 101-113. ISSN 2200-467X (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1177/1329878X16638894 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Hanusch F, Clifford K, Davies K, English P, Fulton J, et al., 'Australia journalism students' professional views and news consumption: results from a representative study', Australian Journalism Review, 37, (1) pp. 5-19. ISSN 0810-2686 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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2014Clifford K, 'Amanda Knox: A Picture of Innocence', Celebrity Studies, 5, (4) pp. 504-507. ISSN 1939-2397 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/19392397.2014.980644 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

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2010Clifford K, 'The thin blue line of mental health in Australia', Police Practice and Research, 11, (4) pp. 355-370. ISSN 1561-4263 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/15614263.2010.496561 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13

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2009Clifford KL, Mitchell G, 'The Killer Point: contemporary reconfigurations of The Gap as a crime scene', Law - Text - Culture, 1, (13) pp. 80-107. ISSN 1322-9060 (2009) [Refereed Article]

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2008Clifford K, '(Dis)embodied sight: September 11 and the politics of collective memory, representation, and experience', Australian Journal of Communication, 35, (1) pp. 69-88. ISSN 0811-6202 (2008) [Refereed Article]

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Book

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Clifford K, White R, 'Media and crime: content, context and consequence', Oxford University Press, Australia, pp. 304. (2017) [Authored Research Book]

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Co-authors: White R

Chapter in Book

(6 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Clifford K, 'SIAMO INNOCENTI: Twitter and the Performative Practices of the Real' Amanda Knox', Transmedia Crime Stories: The Trial of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito in the Globalised Media Sphere, Springer, L Gies and M Bortoluzzi (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 89-110. ISBN 978-1-137-59003-9 (2016) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-59004-6_5 [eCite] [Details]

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2013Clifford KL, 'Mental Health Crisis Interventions and the Politics of Police Use of Deadly Force', Policing and the Mentally Ill: International Perspectives, CRC Press, Duncan Chappell (ed), London, pp. 171-195. ISBN 978 14398 81163 (2013) [Research Book Chapter]

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2012Clifford K, 'The Vulnerable Thin Blue Line: Representations of Police Use of Force in the Media', Policing Vulnerability, The Federation Press, I Bartkowiak-Theron and NL Asquith (ed), Annandale, NSW, pp. 110-114. ISBN 978-186287-897-6 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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2012Clifford KL, 'The Thin Blue Line of Mental Health in Australia', Police Responses to People with Mental Illnesses: Global Challenges, Routledge, D Chappell (ed), New York, pp. 66-81. ISBN 978-0-415-69937-2 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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2012Herrington V, Clifford K, 'Policing Mental Illness: Examining the Police Role in Addressing Mental Ill-Health', Policing Vulnerability, The Federation Press, I Bartkowiak-Theron and NL Asquith (ed), Annandale, NSW, pp. 117-131. ISBN 978-186287-897-6 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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2010Clifford KL, 'Mental Health Trauma Narratives and Misplaced Assumptions: Towards an Ethics of Self-Care Among (Humanities-Based) Trauma Researchers', Trauma, Media, Art: New Perspectives, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Mick Broderick and Antonio Traverso (ed), Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 175-192. ISBN 978 1 4438 2283 1 (2010) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Clifford KL, 'The Ashgate Research Companion to Moral Panics', Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: Quarterly Journal of Media Research and Resources, 150 pp. 190-191. ISSN 1329-878X (2014) [Review Single Work]

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2012Clifford KL, 'Chronicling Trauma: Journalists and Writers on Violence and Loss', Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: Quarterly Journal of Media Research and Resources, August, (144) pp. 185-186. ISSN 1329-878X (2012) [Review Single Work]

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2010Clifford KL, 'The Shock of the News: Media Coverage and the Making of 9/11', Media International Australia Incorporating Culture and Policy: Quarterly Journal of Media Research and Resources, November, (137) pp. 171-172. ISSN 1329-878X (2010) [Review Single Work]

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2006Clifford KL, 'Global Public Management Revolution', Public Administration Today, 9, (October-December) pp. 76-77. ISSN 1832-0066 (2006) [Review Single Work]

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Contract Report, Consultant's Report

(9 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2009Clifford KL, 'SPA Position Statement: Suicide Bereavement and Postvention', Suicide Prevention Australia (2009) [Consultants Report]

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2009Clifford KL, 'SPA Position Statement: Mental Illness and Suicide', Suicide Prevention Australia (2009) [Consultants Report]

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2009Clifford KL, 'SPA Submission to Senate Community Affairs Committee Inquiry into Suicide in Australia', Suicide Prevention Australia (2009) [Consultants Report]

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2009Herrington V, Bartkowiak-Theron IMF, Clifford KL, Walkley S, Pope R, et al., 'The NSW Police Force Mental Health Evaluation Team: Evaluation Annual Report', New South Wales Police Force and Charles Sturt University (2009) [Contract Report]

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2009Herrington V, Clifford KL, Hatzopolous P, Ryle S, Pope R, 'The NSW Police Force Mental Health Intervention Team: Evaluation 18-Month Report', New South Wales Police Force and Charles Sturt University (2009) [Contract Report]

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2009Herrington V, Clifford KL, Lawrence PF, Ryle S, Pope R, 'The Impact of the NSW Police Force Mental Health Evaluation Team: Final Evaluation Report', New South Wales Police Force and Charles Sturt University, NSW (2009) [Contract Report]

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2008Clifford KL, 'SPA Position Statement: Men and Suicide', Suicide Prevention Australia (2008) [Consultants Report]

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2008Clifford KL, 'SPA Position Statement: Responding to Suicide in Rural Australia', Suicide Prevention Australia (2008) [Consultants Report]

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2008Clifford KL, Lafferty L, 'SPA Position Statement: Suicide Prevention and Capacity Building in Australian Indigenous Communities', Suicide Prevention Australia (2008) [Consultants Report]

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Thesis

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2012Clifford KL, 'The Thin Blue Line of Mental Health: Mediated Representations of Police Use of Force in Mental Health Crisis Interventions' (2012) [PhD]

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2003Clifford KL, '(Dis)embodied Sight: September 11 and the Politics of Collective Memory, Representation, and Experience' (2003) [Masters Research]

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Entry

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Clifford KL, 'Media and violence', A Companion to the Australian Media, B. Griffen-Foley (ed), Australia, 1, pp. 257-258 (2014) [Entry]

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2014Clifford KL, 'Crime reporting', A Companion to the Australian Media, B. Griffen-Foley (ed), Australia, 1, pp. 125-126 (2014) [Entry]

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Other Public Output

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Clifford KL, 'A balancing act: Port Arthur Anniversary Special', The Mercury TasWeekend, News Corp Australia, Australia, April 23 (2016) [Media Interview]

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2013Clifford KL, 'Bottom Line is Read was still a criminal', The Advocate, Fairfax Regional Media, Burnie, 10th October 2013 (2013) [Media Interview]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

3

Total funding

$1,010,717

Projects

Europe and Australia in the World: Reporting Political, Environment and Social Change (WORLDREP) (2015 - 2018)$1,004,217
Description
Journalism remains a central source of information about our world. Individuals,communities, industries and governments continue to rely on news media to provide knowledge of issues and to interpret change. The capacity to understand the contextualise our world demands reporters with international knowledge and outlook, who can respond to local and global events and conditions. This program dresses this demand.
Funding
European Union ($1,004,217)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
Department of Education and Training (Commonwealth)
Research Team
Lester EA; Clifford KL; Allen P; Doi M
Period
2015 - 2018
2014 Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology (ANZSOC) Conference (2014)$1,500
Funding
University of Tasmania ($1,500)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Clifford KL
Year
2014
NARGS - The politics of police use of force: the mediated crisis of accountability and police legitimacy in mental health crisis interventions (2012 - 2013)$5,000
Funding
University of Tasmania ($5,000)
Scheme
Grant-New Appointees Research Grant Scheme (NARGS)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Clifford KL
Period
2012 - 2013

Research Supervision

Katrina welcomes enquiries from prospective students interested in undertaking a research higher degree at Masters or PhD level. She has experience supervising a wide range of projects from across the areas of journalism studies, disasters and social media, lifestyle magazines and publishing, public health advertising, and media representations of crime and criminality.

Current

2

Completed

2

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDSocial Media as a News Source: The Way Newspapers Use Social Media Texts to Report on Crisis Events2014
PhDFuture Focused Journalism: Idealism and Realism in Tasmania Post-Gunns2014

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
MastersStanding Out From the Crowd: A study of frankie magazine, niche branding, and alternative femininities
Candidate: Rosanna Jane Lord Hunt
2017
MastersLeft Dissent: The Australian commercial news medias characterisation of 21st century protests critical of capitalism
Candidate: Joshua Stewart Eiszele
2016