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Dr Louise North

Senior Lecturer

dr louise north
Phone: +61 3 990 26347 or +61 3 512 26347
Fax: +61 3 990 26359 or +61 3 512 26359
Office: 1E 222, Gippsland Campus


Dr Louise North has written extensively on gender and newsroom culture and has taught in the disciplines of Sociology, Gender Studies, Journalism and Media Studies. Her work has appeared in international and national scholarly journals. Her first book, The Gendered Newsroom, published in 2009 by US publisher Hampton Press has received international recognition from some of the world’s most respected scholars in the field of journalism and feminist media studies.

Louise has worked as a print journalist for 19 years on regional, suburban and metropolitan newspapers in South Australian, New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania. She has also worked for the Australian Associated Press (AAP). Her last industry post in 2007 was as Regional Editor for the News Ltd suburban stable Messenger Newspapers in Adelaide.

Louise’s PhD, “The Gendered Newsroom: Embodied Subjectivity and Changing World of Media”, received a University of Tasmania Dean’s Commendation Award in 2007.

She also received a Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Teaching (Journalism Ethics, 2010), and a Dean’s Commendation for Excellence in Teaching (Newsroom Theory and Practice, 2010).

In 2011, Louise devised and co-ordinated the first unit ever to address gender and race issues in an undergraduate journalism degree in Australia.  ATS2895/3895 Gender, Race and Journalism responds to calls from  both UNESCO and the Australian Government for universities to teach issues of race and gender in journalism education (see the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, 1991 , recommendation 207b; and the 2007 UNESCO Model Curricula for Journalism Education).  Monash's BA(Journalism) is therefore the only university in Australian to directly respond to these vital requirements in journalism education.

In 2011 Louise was awarded a Faculty Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, for advancing diversity and equity education in Journalism through the development of curricula that responds to changing educational needs as called for by UNESCO and a Royal Commission. 

Current research projects

Women in the Australian news media

Louise will begin a new research project in 2012 investigating the experiences of female journalists in the Australian news media. The project, the first of its kind in 16 years, will include women who work in metropolitan, suburban, regional and rural news media.

Gender and media – global research

In 2009 and 2010 Louise is a Regional Research Co-ordinator (Australia, New Zealand and Fiji) for the international media study, Global Report on the Status of Women in the News Media. The project is supported by the US-based organisation International Women’s Media Foundation.



The gendered newsroom: how journalists experience the changing world of media - book cover

2009: The Gendered Newsroom: How journalists experience the changing world of media, Cresskill, NJ, Hampton Press

Edited volumes

Book chapters

Refereed journal articles

Review articles

Keynote addresses



Expert media commentary

Postgraduate supervision

Louise is a qualified RHD supervisor and enjoys encouraging higher research degree students to develop their ideas and research, and establish a publication record. Her areas of expertise include: