Dr Renee Barnes

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Dr Renee Barnes


Teaching areas

  • Online Journalism
  • Multimedia Journalism
  • Social Media
  • Radio Journalism
  • Entrepreneurial Journalism

Research areas

  • online journalism
  • social media
  • participatory journalism
  • alternative and community journalism
  • the audience of news

Program coordinator


A journalist of more than fifteen years Renee has worked for numerous media organisations including the ABC, The Age and Australian Associated Press. Renee's passion is online journalism and her research and teaching focus on this field. She still regularly contributes to The Age and provides training and consultancy to the journalism industry on online journalism and social media.

Renee's current research is focused on participation on online news websites.

She is a member of the Arts Research in Creative Humanities research cluster at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

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Professional memberships

  • International Association for Media and Communication Research (IAMCR)
  • Australia and New Zealand Communication Association (ANZCA)
  • Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA)

Research grants

Project name Investigators Funding body Year Focus

Multi-disciplinary experiential entrepreneurship model (MEEM):  Empowering students to create the future through experiential entrepreneurship

Dr  Margarietha

Scheepers  and Dr Renee Barnes

Exploratory Learning and Teaching grant (USC) (A$10,000)


Developing an experiential entrepreneurial learning experience for journalism students

How does personality impact on the commenting behaviour of readers on online news websites?

Dr Renee Barnes and Prof Doug Mahar

USC Faculty of Arts and Business Seed Grant (A$5,000)


A cross-disciplinary approach to understanding whether personality impacts on the commenting behaviour of readers of online news websites

Online news and older Australians:  Ensuring the needs of Australia's ageing population are taken into account in the delivery of journalism online

Dr Renee Barnes

auDA Foundation (A$10,000)


Ensuring intergenerational equity in access to public debate by exploring barriers for older Australians in the distribution and presentation of news online

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