Teaching staff



Joseph has worked as an academic for 11 years, and was previously the chief editor of a daily newspaper for 14 years.

Joseph authored the Media Law Handbook, 2007, 5th edition, and has written book chapters (e.g. in The Cartoon Debate and the Freedom of the Press, 2007); journal articles (e.g. ‘An Exploration of the Meaning of Truth in Philosophy and Law’, University of Notre Dame Law Review, December 2009); conference papers (e.g. Re-examining the Public Interest Imperative in News Evaluation, Journalism Education Association Conference 2009); and law reform submissions (e.g. to the Federal Senate Committee on journalists’ shield law, 2009) at the confluence of the law and journalism disciplines.

His PhD thesis proposes defamation law reform to alleviate the media’s burden when relying on the ‘truth defence’.

Joseph’s interests and areas of media commentary include laws that impede freedom of speech, especially the law of defamation, confidentiality, journalist-source privilege, and copyright and professional ethics codes governing journalism practice.

He has been a defendant in defamation actions, and received awards, including for teaching and learning, service to the media industry, and his work in promoting freedom of speech.

Joseph has taught Media Law at Curtin for more than a decade, as well as other units in the journalism program. Joseph has a BA (Distinction), LLB, LLM and PhD.



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, Television News, Television Current Affairs, Presentation for Broadcast and coordinates the Department of Journalism’s Industry Placement program.

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



Glynn co-ordinates and teaches the Introduction to Journalism – Broadcast unit for first year students, and the Radio News unit in the second year. He is also the co-ordinator for Multimedia News Production and Advanced Radio News units aimed at third years. Glynn runs the Study Tour unit offering students the incredible chance to go to Fudan University in Shanghai.

He 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 & 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.



Bonita – an academic, policy advisor, journalist and writer – teaches news and feature writing at Curtin.

She previously worked as a media studies tutor at the University of Technology, Sydney, as a researcher and assistant editor at the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, and has published in books and magazines as a freelance journalist.

Bonita has also worked as a policy advisor and speechwriter for government and Aboriginal organisations, and a media advisor and writer for Aboriginal organisations in the Kimberley.

Her success as a journalist was recognised in 1997 with two national journalism awards.

She has an MA in journalism (coursework) from UTS and is completing a PhD at Edith Cowan University.



Kathryn is the Discipline Lead for Journalism and Communication at Curtin University.

She teaches news and feature writing and edits the Western Independent.

She writes a regular ‘Read This’ column for STM (The Sunday Times Magazine) and chairs events at the annual Perth Writers Festival.

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

Her research interests include the reporting of terrorism in Australian media, representations of teachers in the media, and the media coverage of gender issues.

Kathryn is the co-author of Schoolteachers in the News: A Historical Analysis of Coverage in The West Australian Newspaper.



Thomas teaches Media Ethics, Intercultural Communication, and Asian Media and also coordinates the Master of Arts program in Journalism.

Before joining the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts at Curtin Australia, 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.

Recently, Thomas won the best paper award for his research presented at the international ‘Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences’ conference organised by Middlesex University in Dubai.

In 2006 he co-convened an international ‘Media and Identity in Asia’ conference at Curtin Sarawak.

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