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Dr Sue Green

Deputy Co-ordinator and Lecturer, Journalism
PhD, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia; BA (textile design), RMIT University, Australia; Bachelor of Social Science, Waikato University, New Zealand


Sue Green is a Lecturer in Journalism and Deputy Co-ordinator of the Journalism Program in the Department of Media and Communication, Swinburne University of Technology. She joined Swinburne with more than 40 years journalism experience and has held senior writing and editing positions in Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. Sue teaches, convenes and develops innovative, industry-relevant curriculum for writing subjects and ethics for journalists, as well as teaching media law. Real-world experiences to ensure workforce readiness are the focus of Sue's teaching.
Sue has a particular interest in journalism ethics and researches and teaches in this area. She is currently researching undergraduate journalism students' attitudes to journalistic objectivity, in the light of changing attitudes to this. The transition from industry to the Academy is also a research focus and she has presented on this at the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA).
Sue also has a longstanding involvement in the arts, textiles, craft and design and has written extensively on these. She has a BA (Textile Design) from RMIT University, Melbourne. Her PhD research project, Knitting in Australia: artefact and exegesis, brought together her two specialisations. It included Disruptive Knitting: How knitters are changing the world, an interview-based book combining social history and contemporary research in themed chapters. Analysing knittings’ relevance to key social issues such gender, women’s role and social inequality, it enriches the discussion of how, for many, knitting has become disruptive – a tool for rebellion, art making and activism on feminist and political issues. It examines and demonstrates knitting’s ability not only to reflect the wider Australian society, but to influence that society, particularly in the light of the repositioning of knittings' traditional gendered nature and the influence of the Internet and social media. She is developing research on textile, craft and design writing in Australia, including the demise of printed publications and the emergence of new online outlets.
Sue is Journalism Chair of the Popular Culture Assciation of Australia and New Zealand and is keen to increase the profile of journalism in the association. She is also Media Officer with the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia, with responsibility for its public profile. In this capacity she is a member of the JERAA executive.
Before joining Swinburne's full-time staff in 2015 Sue was a Swinburne University Adjunct Teaching Fellow and a full-time journalist. Positions included: Weekend Magazines Editor, the Dominion Post, Wellington, New Zealand; Australia Correspondent, Senior Feature Writer and Deputy Features Editor, The South China Morning Post, Hong Kong; State Political Correspondent, Melbourne Desk Editor and National Arts Correspondent, Australian Associated Press; Weekend Magazine Editor, The Herald, Melbourne; Education Writer, The Age, Melbourne.A book reviewer for more than 25 years, she has chaired events at the Melbourne Writers Festival, at Melbourne's Crime and Justice Festival, for Wellington City Libraries and for New Zealand publishers.

Green, Sue; 2016. Knitting Needles As Weapons of War: Handknitting and the role of women in Australia during and post-World War II. Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand Conference, Sydney University, NSW, Australia, June 2016.

Green, Sue; 2016. Industry to the Academy: A Case Study. JERAA-WJEC Preconference, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand, July 2016
Green, Sue ; 2017. Bombs away: Yarn bombing and self-expression, political messenger and commercial enterprise, PopCAANZ: the 8th Annual International Conference of the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand, Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand, 10-11 July 2017.

Dodd, Andrew; Green, Sue; 2017. Understanding each other: a collaboration between Australian and Indonesian journalism schools, JERAA2017, Conference of the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia, 4-6 December 2017.

Forthcoming: Green, Sue; 2018. It's not about you: teaching objective reporting to first-year journalism students, JERAA2018, Conference of the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia, University of Tasmania, Hobart, Australia, 3-5 December 2018.

Research interests

Design History, Philosophy, and Theory; Communication, Journalism and Media Studies

Fields of Research

  • Creative Arts, Media And Communication Curriculum And Pedagogy - 130201
  • Textile And Fashion Design - 120306
  • Journalism And Professional Writing - 190300

Teaching areas

Communication, Journalism and Media Studies

Professional memberships

  • 2017 (current): Chair, Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand (Journalism area chair), Australia
  • 2018 (current): Committee Member, Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia, Australia
  • 2015 (current): Member, Journallism Education and Research Association of Australia, Australia
  • 1981 (current): Member, Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Australia
  • 1995 (current): Member, Craft Victoria, Australia
  • 2015 (current): Member, POPular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand, Australia