Researcher

Associate Professor Helen Caple

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I am Associate Professor in Journalism with the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW. My research interests include discursive news values analysis (DNVA), text-image relations, multimodality, visual storytelling and the role of picture galleries in online news reporting. I have also worked on research projects investigating the portrayal of women in sports by the Australian Media (with former JMRC at UNSW) and investigating visual...view more

I am Associate Professor in Journalism with the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW. My research interests include discursive news values analysis (DNVA), text-image relations, multimodality, visual storytelling and the role of picture galleries in online news reporting. I have also worked on research projects investigating the portrayal of women in sports by the Australian Media (with former JMRC at UNSW) and investigating visual storytelling techniques at the ABC.

My current research investigates the visual representation of diversity in early childhood picture books published in Australia (with Dr Ping Tian, University of Sydney).

I recently completed an ARC DECRA project investigating contemporary practices in photojournalism in the Australian news media in the wake of massive layoffs among press photographers. This included the ways in which citizens and organisations outside of journalism are re-shaping and re-defining photojournalistic practice through their engagement with the digital economy.

In 2010, I completed a PhD on image-text relations in print news media with the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. In 2013, I was a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, UK. I am also a former press photographer.

You can learn more about DNVA, my DECRA Project and other research publications at my research websites listed under 'Related Links' at the end of this page.


My Grants

Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)


My Qualifications

PhD (University of Sydney)


My Awards

2019: Named in the Top 5 Early Career Researchers in Arts and Humanities in Australia within 10 years of achieving PhD (The Australian, 25 Sept 2019, Research magazine) 


My Research Supervision


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Areas of supervision

Photojournalism, discursive news values analysis, multimodailty, text-image relations


Currently supervising

Lisa Coleman

Project Title: Picture editing in mid-twentieth century photojournalism - A historiography of Australian born picture editor Norman Hall (1910-1978)

Maryam Izadi

Project Title: Young readers, visual literacy and the shared reading experience: A social semiotic approach to the reading of picture books

Completed:

Sameera Durrani, PhD, 'Representing Nations through Visual Narratives: Pakistan and Iran in Time Magazine (1981-2010)'

Juan HE, 'Divergent Values in Multimodal News Discourse from the Perspective of Coupling of Ideation and Value',International Research Practicum, Jumei University.

Yuemei Chen, Master of Arts, 'Multimodal Genre Analysis of Business English Micro-lectures' (商务英语微课的多模态体裁分析) - International Research Practicum, Guangxi University.

Samuel Luke, Master of Arts (Research), 'Welfare Visual Identity: A Social Semiotic Approach'

Nashkabir Izzard Bin Dato Nasaruddin, Graduate Diploma, 'How amateur footage of the Syrian Civil War is incorporated into professional news contexts:The case of  Al-Jazeera English and Russia Today'


My Engagement

President of ASFLA (2019-2022)


My Teaching

Convener:
MDIA3002: Multiplatform Media

MDIA2008: Broadcast Media Practices

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Location

311Q, Level 3 Robert Webster

Contact

+61 2 9385 7735
+61 2 9385 6812