Teaching staff

KATHRYN SHINE

Kathryn is the Discipline Lead for Journalism at Curtin University and coordinates the Master of Journalism. She teaches news and long form journalism and edits the Western Independent. She is Co-Secretary of the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA).

Kathryn writes a regular ‘Read This’ column for STM (The Sunday Times Magazine). She previously worked as a senior journalist at The Australian newspaper and as a health reporter at The Sun Herald in Sydney.  She has also worked for country and suburban newspapers in Western Australia, including POST Newspapers.

She has contributed to numerous Australian newspapers, websites and magazines as a freelance reporter, and continues to freelance as a writer and editor.

Kathryn has a Bachelor of Arts (English) with a journalism major from Curtin, a Bachelor of Mass Communication (Honours) from Murdoch University and a PhD from the University of Western Australia.

Her research interests include news coverage of education, women in the news and the reporting of terrorism.

KAYT DAVIES

Dr Kayt Davies started writing for her local paper and talking on her local radio station while she was still in high school. This paved the way for a cadetship on The West Australian that led her towards finance journalism and The Western Mail.

Then London called and she found herself in the Visnews newsroom, packaging news from around the world for delivery to TV stations in 187 countries. 

A stint as editor of Perth Woman magazine led to being editor-in-chief of a group of six magazines in an indie-media company and then casual university lecturing turned into a vocation.

In 12 years at Edith Cowan University she completed a doctorate, became head of the journalism program, spent five years on the executive of the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia, started supervising post graduate students and developed a research portfolio.

Her research interests include the use of journalism as a methodology, the challenges facing journalists in Pacific nations, and how data journalism can be incorporated into undergraduate programs.

She is proud to have joined the team at Curtin and looks forward to working with students preparing to be creative and flexible practitioners in this vital field.

RUSSELL BISHOP

Russell is a graduate from WAIT, the forerunner to Curtin University, whose career since 1979 has been divided between working as a reporter and teaching broadcast journalism.

His career began in radio, with stints in commercial news and later the BBC, before he returned to Australia to work with the Seven and Nine TV networks in Sydney.

For many years Russell also worked as a freelance reporter/producer for Australian TV programs and international networks.

At Curtin, Russell teaches Introduction to Broadcast, Presentation for Broadcast, Video News, Multimedia News Production, Major Project and coordinates Journalism’s Industry Placement program.

He is a co-author of Australian Broadcast Journalism, third edition, and co-Executive Producer of five seasons of Noongar Dandjoo, a national TV-series dedicated to Western Australia’s Noongar community.

GLYNN GREENSMITH

Glynn co-ordinates and teaches the Introduction to Journalism – Broadcast unit for first year students, and the introductory unit for postgraduate students. He also teaches Radio News, Advanced Radio, Multimedia News Production and Journalism Major Project.

Glynn continues to work as a radio presenter for the ABC, and has been with the public broadcaster since 2005.

Glynn’s PhD thesis is on the media coverage of mass shootings, and he has written extensively on the subject, as well as being involved in national TV and radio interviews.

He is the Director of the successful student journalism club ‘Newsspeak’, offering students a variety of extra curricular activities and chances to engage in the collegial nature of university journalism.

Glynn has a BA (Honours) in International Relations and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism, both from the Nottingham Trent University in the UK.

THOMAS JAYAPRAKASH YESUDHASAN

Thomas teaches Media Law and Ethics to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Before joining Curtin, he worked as senior lecturer and Head of the Department of Media, Culture and Communication at Curtin Sarawak, Malaysia.

Earlier, he lectured and tutored in the School of Communications and Multimedia at Edith Cowan University, where he taught Media in Asia, Introduction to Media and Communication, Global Communications, and Effective Communication Strategies.

Before becoming an academic, Thomas worked as a staff correspondent in the newspaper industry in India. In addition, he presented several educational and entertainment radio programs for broadcast on All India Radio.

Thomas is a life member of the Asian Media Information and Communication center, the premier institution for research and publications in the field of media and communication.

The 2000 joint winner of Asian Radio Write Award, instituted by the Radio Corporation of Singapore and Asian Media Information and Communication Center, Thomas has presented many international conference papers.

He has published journal articles, and book chapters in the context of radio and television consumption in Asia.

Thomas holds a Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Madras and a PhD in Media Studies from Edith Cowan University.