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Posetti, Julie N. Ms

Journalism Research Fellow

  • Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts
  • School of the Arts, English and Media
  • Lecturer, Broadcast and Social Journalism - University of Wollongong 2013 - 2015
  • Assistant Professor, Journalism - University of Canberra 2005 - 2012

Overview


Julie Posetti is an award-winning Australian journalist and academic. She is the author of a major UNESCO study covering 121 countries titled Protecting Journalism Sources in the Digital Age (UNESCO, PARIS, 2017). Ms Posetti led a team of 16 researchers and research assistance on the three-year project, which examined the implications of confidential source protection erosion for investigative journalism and whistleblowers around the world (covering the period 2007-2015). Her digital media research interests also include the field of online harassment and digital safety for journalists. She is currently contributing to a range of international journalism safety research projects as an expert in these areas. Ms Posetti has also published academically and journalistically on gender and media, including work on the media representation of Muslim women after 9/11. Additionally, she is a recognised expert researcher and commentator on journalism in the 'social media age'. Until September 2017, Posetti was Head of Digital Editorial Capability at Fairfax Media in Australia, in which role she coordinated and co-produced the multi-award winning investigative podcast series, Phoebe's Fall. Based on this work, she has published research on the transformative role of podcast storytelling in print newsrooms with Dr Siobhan McHugh. A former editor, presenter and political reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), Posetti was based in Paris as Research Fellow and Editor with the World Editors Forum and the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers in 2014/2015. Previously an Assistant Professor and Lecturer in Journalism at two Australian universities, she is currently a Journalism Research Fellow at the University of Wollongong, where she is completing her PhD. Posetti has consulted widely to media organisations on the digital transformation of journalism, and delivered extensive social media training. 

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2013 The twitterisation of investigative journalism: collaborative modes of research and verification via social media
    2010 Jihad sheilas or media martyrs: Muslim women and the media
    2017 Fighting back against prolific online harassment in the Philippines
    Published in   The Conversation

Research Overview


  • I research journalism and digital media, with a particular emphasis on:

    • Protection of confidential sources and whistleblowers
    • Press Freedom 
    • Journalism safety
    • Media and Gender
    • Newsroom transformation
    • Social Journalism (esp. audience engagement, verification practices and the clash/convergence of private/public spheres)
    • Digital safety and online harassment
    • Media representation of Muslim women
    • Media and minorities (esp. Muslims, refugees and asylum seekers)
    • Podcast narratives and the role of podcasting in legacy media transformation/audience engagement

Available for Collaborative Projects

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2017

    Published In
    The Conversation
    Volume
    30 June
    Pages
    1 - 3
    2017

    Published In
    The Conversation
    Volume
    4 May
    Pages
    1 - 3
    2014

    Published In
    The Conversation
    Pages
    1 - 3
    2010

    Published In
    Rhodes Journalism Review
    2009

    Published In
    Rhodes Journalism Review
    Pages
    38 - 40
    2008

    Published In
    The Radio Journal: international studies in broadcast and audio media
    Volume
    6
    Pages
    161 - 177
    ISSN
    1476-4504
    2007

    Published In
    International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations
    Volume
    7
    Pages
    69 - 80
    ISSN
    1447-9532
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2013

    Published In
    Yours Truly: Cathartic Confessions, Passionate Declarations and Vivid Recollections from Women of Letters
    Publisher
    Melbourne: Viking
    Pages
    26 - 28
    2010

    Published In
    Islam and the Australian News Media
    Publisher
    Carlton, Victoria: Melbourne University Press
    Pages
    69 - 103
    2010

    Published In
    Islam and the Australian News Media
    Publisher
    Carlton, Victoria: Melbourne University Press
    Pages
    161 - 184
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2013

    Published In
    The 3rd World Journalism Education Congress
    Pages
    1 - 11
    2013

    Published In
    The 3rd World Journalism Education Congress
    Pages
    1 - 22
    2012

    Published In
    IAMCR 2012: North - South Conversations: Annual Confernce of the International Association for Media and Communication Research
    Pages
    394 - 395
    2008

    Published In
    Communications Policay & Research Forum
    Pages
    109 - 129
    2007

    Published In
    Radio Conference
    Pages
    1 - 40

Impact Story


  • <p><a href="http://www.theage.com.au/interactive/2016/phoebesfall/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Phoebe’s Fall</em> </a>is a six-episode podcast that examines the bizarre death in 2010 of a young Melbourne woman, Phoebe Handsjuk, in a garbage chute, and the botched police investigation that followed. It was produced by a team at Fairfax Media and consulting producer Dr Siobhan McHugh and published in September/October 2016. Through in-depth interviews with Phoebe’s family and friends, and with legal, forensic and criminological experts, the series presents a compelling analysis of the circumstances surrounding Phoebe’s death and questions aspects of police procedures and of the coronial inquest that followed.</p><p>The podcast attracted considerable attention. When published on 22 September 2016 on the Apple platform ITunes, it went straight to the Number One position on the iTunes Chart, deposing the American podcast, <em>Serial, </em>which is the most successful podcast of all time. It remained at Number One throughout most of its six-week run and has accrued over 1.3 million downloads.</p><p>At a politico-legal level, the podcast caused questions to be raised in the Victorian parliament about the coronial inquest and triggered a review of the Victorian Coroner’s Act. In December 2016, the Victorian government commissioned the review, to be conducted by the Coronial Council, made up of the State Coroner, senior academics, top legal experts and the chief commissioner of police. The review will consider whether existing options for appealing or reopening coronial investigations are working appropriately. Its report is due in November 2017. The potential public benefit of this review is significant: under the current law, a coroner's finding can only be challenged if a perverse error of law has been made. A coroner cannot be challenged for misinterpreting a fact or ignoring evidence. This makes it very difficult for people to appeal against a finding.</p><p>The review came amid public concern surrounding the coroner’s finding that Phoebe Handsjuk's death was the result of a ‘tragic accident’. The <em>Phoebe’s Fall</em> podcast cited experts who believed that there was not enough evidence to rule out suicide, murder or accidental death. It also pointed out that the coroner had ignored the advice of his own senior counsel. Such was the public impact of the podcast that the family of Ms Handsjuk were approached by members of the public who wished to raise funds to enable the family to appeal the coroner‘s finding.</p><p><em>Phoebe’s Fall</em> was conducted as an ‘action research’ project, whereby consulting producers Siobhan McHugh and Julie Posetti, Head of Digital Transformation at Fairfax Media and a UOW Research Fellow, studied the way in which, under their guidance, two veteran print journalists (Richard Baker and Michael Bachelard) with no experience of working in audio made the transition to podcast hosts. Posetti and McHugh applied the theory of effective audio storytelling to the podcast, harnessing signature qualities of the audio medium such as intimacy and the ability to convey emotion, in order to maximise impact. The podcast’s impact was further demonstrated when it won four prestigious podcasting awards: three national and one <a href="http://www.theage.com.au/national/investigations/phoebes-fall-podcast-wins-gold-award-at-new-york-radio-festival-20170619-gwucgh.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">international</a>.</p>

Top Publications


    Year Title
    2013 The twitterisation of investigative journalism: collaborative modes of research and verification via social media
    2010 Jihad sheilas or media martyrs: Muslim women and the media
    2017 Fighting back against prolific online harassment in the Philippines
    Published in   The Conversation

Research Overview


  • I research journalism and digital media, with a particular emphasis on:

    • Protection of confidential sources and whistleblowers
    • Press Freedom 
    • Journalism safety
    • Media and Gender
    • Newsroom transformation
    • Social Journalism (esp. audience engagement, verification practices and the clash/convergence of private/public spheres)
    • Digital safety and online harassment
    • Media representation of Muslim women
    • Media and minorities (esp. Muslims, refugees and asylum seekers)
    • Podcast narratives and the role of podcasting in legacy media transformation/audience engagement

Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2017

    Published In
    The Conversation
    Volume
    30 June
    Pages
    1 - 3
    2017

    Published In
    The Conversation
    Volume
    4 May
    Pages
    1 - 3
    2014

    Published In
    The Conversation
    Pages
    1 - 3
    2010

    Published In
    Rhodes Journalism Review
    2009

    Published In
    Rhodes Journalism Review
    Pages
    38 - 40
    2008

    Published In
    The Radio Journal: international studies in broadcast and audio media
    Volume
    6
    Pages
    161 - 177
    ISSN
    1476-4504
    2007

    Published In
    International Journal of Diversity in Organisations, Communities and Nations
    Volume
    7
    Pages
    69 - 80
    ISSN
    1447-9532
  • Chapter

    Year Title
    2013

    Published In
    Yours Truly: Cathartic Confessions, Passionate Declarations and Vivid Recollections from Women of Letters
    Publisher
    Melbourne: Viking
    Pages
    26 - 28
    2010

    Published In
    Islam and the Australian News Media
    Publisher
    Carlton, Victoria: Melbourne University Press
    Pages
    69 - 103
    2010

    Published In
    Islam and the Australian News Media
    Publisher
    Carlton, Victoria: Melbourne University Press
    Pages
    161 - 184
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
    2013

    Published In
    The 3rd World Journalism Education Congress
    Pages
    1 - 11
    2013

    Published In
    The 3rd World Journalism Education Congress
    Pages
    1 - 22
    2012

    Published In
    IAMCR 2012: North - South Conversations: Annual Confernce of the International Association for Media and Communication Research
    Pages
    394 - 395
    2008

    Published In
    Communications Policay & Research Forum
    Pages
    109 - 129
    2007

    Published In
    Radio Conference
    Pages
    1 - 40

Impact Story


  • <p><a href="http://www.theage.com.au/interactive/2016/phoebesfall/index.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Phoebe’s Fall</em> </a>is a six-episode podcast that examines the bizarre death in 2010 of a young Melbourne woman, Phoebe Handsjuk, in a garbage chute, and the botched police investigation that followed. It was produced by a team at Fairfax Media and consulting producer Dr Siobhan McHugh and published in September/October 2016. Through in-depth interviews with Phoebe’s family and friends, and with legal, forensic and criminological experts, the series presents a compelling analysis of the circumstances surrounding Phoebe’s death and questions aspects of police procedures and of the coronial inquest that followed.</p><p>The podcast attracted considerable attention. When published on 22 September 2016 on the Apple platform ITunes, it went straight to the Number One position on the iTunes Chart, deposing the American podcast, <em>Serial, </em>which is the most successful podcast of all time. It remained at Number One throughout most of its six-week run and has accrued over 1.3 million downloads.</p><p>At a politico-legal level, the podcast caused questions to be raised in the Victorian parliament about the coronial inquest and triggered a review of the Victorian Coroner’s Act. In December 2016, the Victorian government commissioned the review, to be conducted by the Coronial Council, made up of the State Coroner, senior academics, top legal experts and the chief commissioner of police. The review will consider whether existing options for appealing or reopening coronial investigations are working appropriately. Its report is due in November 2017. The potential public benefit of this review is significant: under the current law, a coroner's finding can only be challenged if a perverse error of law has been made. A coroner cannot be challenged for misinterpreting a fact or ignoring evidence. This makes it very difficult for people to appeal against a finding.</p><p>The review came amid public concern surrounding the coroner’s finding that Phoebe Handsjuk's death was the result of a ‘tragic accident’. The <em>Phoebe’s Fall</em> podcast cited experts who believed that there was not enough evidence to rule out suicide, murder or accidental death. It also pointed out that the coroner had ignored the advice of his own senior counsel. Such was the public impact of the podcast that the family of Ms Handsjuk were approached by members of the public who wished to raise funds to enable the family to appeal the coroner‘s finding.</p><p><em>Phoebe’s Fall</em> was conducted as an ‘action research’ project, whereby consulting producers Siobhan McHugh and Julie Posetti, Head of Digital Transformation at Fairfax Media and a UOW Research Fellow, studied the way in which, under their guidance, two veteran print journalists (Richard Baker and Michael Bachelard) with no experience of working in audio made the transition to podcast hosts. Posetti and McHugh applied the theory of effective audio storytelling to the podcast, harnessing signature qualities of the audio medium such as intimacy and the ability to convey emotion, in order to maximise impact. The podcast’s impact was further demonstrated when it won four prestigious podcasting awards: three national and one <a href="http://www.theage.com.au/national/investigations/phoebes-fall-podcast-wins-gold-award-at-new-york-radio-festival-20170619-gwucgh.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener">international</a>.</p>
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