Dr Renee Barnes - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Dr Renee Barnes

PhD La Trobe, MA(Research) La Trobe, GradCertTertTeach&Learn RMIT, BA Qld.UT

  • Senior Lecturer, Journalism
+61 7 5430 1260
Office location
Sunshine Coast
Dr Renee Barnes

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 is 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. Her book, Uncovering Commenting Culture: Trolls, Fanboys and Lurkers, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2018, examines the role of online commenting in society.

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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

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

Experiential Entrepreneurship Work Integrated Learning Model 

Retha de Villiers Scheepers (Project Lead), Michael Clements and Renee Barnes



Investigating how an experiential entrepreneurship WIL model develops graduates ability to proactively navigate rapidly changing industries.

Research areas

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

Teaching areas

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

Renee's specialist areas of knowledge include online journalism, new media, social media, citizen journalism, participatory journalism, blogging

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