Dr Kathryn Bowd

Kathryn Bowd
Senior Lecturer in Media
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts

Kathryn Bowd is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, with a research and teaching focus on Journalism.

Connect With Me

External Profiles

Dr Kathryn Bowd

Kathryn Bowd is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, with a research and teaching focus on Journalism.

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD — email supervisor to discuss availability.

I am a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Media, School of Humanities.

My main research focus is non-metropolitan news media, with an emphasis on relationships between news media and regional communities, professional practice in journalism and news and local identity.

I have an extensive professional background in journalism, and my PhD focused on exploring relationships between community and newspapers in regional areas of Australia.


Date Position Institution name
2014 - 2015 Head of Media Department University of Adelaide
2013 Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide
2000 - 2013 Program Director University of South Australia
1990 - 1999 Sub-editor Advertiser Newspapers
1989 - 1990 Sub-editor Birmingham Evening Mail
1986 - 1989 Sub-editor The News
1984 - 1986 Journalist The Border Watch


Date Institution name Country Title
2011 University of South Australia Australia PhD
University of South Australia Australia MA (Journalism)
Deakin University Geelong BA (Hons)


Year Citation
2017 Eliott, J., Forster, A., McDonough, J., Bowd, K., & Crabb, S. (2017). An examination of Australian newspaper coverage of the link between alcohol and cancer 2005 to 2013. BMC Public Health, 18(1), 47-1-47-13.
DOI Scopus1 WoS1 Europe PMC1
2017 Bowd, K. (2017). Keeping it local: news themes on regional newspaper front pages. Australian Journalism Review, 39(1), 63-76.
2017 Palmer, R., Bowd, K., & Griffiths, M. (2017). Media preferences, low trust and seasonal adjustment: Communicating climate change adaptation to vulnerable, low socioeconomic groups in Adelaide. Global Media Journal : Australian Edition, 11(2).
2015 Hess, K., & Bowd, K. (2015). Friend or foe? Regional newspapers and the power of Facebook. Media International Australia, 156(156), 19-28.
2015 Bowd, K. (2015). Who's in the news?: sourcing priorities in regional newspapers. Australian Journalism Review, 37(2), 173-185.
2014 Bowd, K. (2014). Eroding the connection?: Web 2.0 and non-metropolitan newspaper journalists. Australian Journalism Review, 36(1), 57-68.
2012 Bowd, K. (2012). Considering the consequences: Australian country newspapers and news impact on communities. Rural Society, 21(2), 126-135.
2011 Bowd, K. (2011). Reflecting regional life: localness and social capital in Australian country newspapers. Pacific Journalism Review, 17(2), 72-91.
2011 Richards, I., Chia, J., & Bowd, K. (2011). When communities communicate: rural media and social capital. Australian Journalism Review, 33(1), 97-106.
2009 Bowd, K. (2009). 'Did you see that in the paper?': country newspapers and perceptions of local 'ownership'. Australian Journalism Review, 31(1), 49-61.
2007 Bowd, K. (2007). A voice for the community: local newspaper as local campaigner. Australian Journalism Review, 29(2), 77-89.
2006 Bowd, K. (2006). Intersections of community and journalism in Singapore and Australia. Asia Pacific Media Educator, (17).
2005 Bowd, K. (2005). Country newspaper journalists' perceptions of the influence of 'localness' on professional practice. Australian Journalism Review, 27(2).
2004 Bowd, K. (2004). Interviewing the interviewers: methodological implications of journalists as research subjects. Australian Journalism Review, 26(2).
2003 Bowd, K. (2003). How different is "different"? Australian country newspapers and development journalism. Asia Pacific Media Educator, (14), 117-130.

Book Chapters

Conference Papers

Year Citation
2011 Bowd, K., Chia, J., & Richards, I. (2011). Community and connection in regional Australia and Canada: regional media as a catalyst for social captial development. In D. A. Henderson (Ed.), Proceedings of the 2011 Australian and New Zealand communication association conference - communication on the edge (pp. 1-14). Online: Australian and New Zealand Communication Association.


Year Citation
Eliott, J., Forster, A., McDonough, J., & Bowd, K. (n.d.). Link between alcohol and cancer as reported in Australian newsprint media.

2014: Recipient of University of Adelaide Faculty of Arts funding for project “Losing their identity? Non-metropolitan newspapers and local ‘character’ in an era of networked media”

2012: Member of project team for University of SA Divisional Research Performance Fund- supported project:New arrivals, old communities: communication and engagement in regional South Australia”.

2012: Recipient of Journalism Education Association of Australia nationally competitive “Excellence in Academic Research” grant for project: “Converging or disconnected?: The impact of online and interactive communications tools on regional newspaper journalists’ professional practice”.

2010: Member of project team for UniSA Divisional Research Performance Fund-supported project: “Building capacity for community-centred solutions: the role of public relations practitioners and journalists in promoting regional sustainability and social capital”.


I teach in the Bachelor of Media, with a focus on the Journalism Major. Courses I regularly coordinate and teach include Writing for News Media, Reporting: Principles and Practice and Transforming Journalism.

Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
2017 Principal Supervisor Efforts of online newspapers on hard copy newspapers amongst youth in Nigeria Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Ayodeji Boluwatife Aiyesimoju
2017 Principal Supervisor Engaging a Youth Audience in Adelaide's Arts Festivals Through Social Media Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Amy Elizabeth Nancarrow
2017 Principal Supervisor Media Discourse of Ageing in Australia & Malaysia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Muhammad Asim Imran
2017 Principal Supervisor Reporting on terror: is peace journalism possible in Kenya? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Rukia Yusuf Abdulrahman Nzibo
2016 Principal Supervisor Crafting True Stories: Links Between Feature Writing and non-Fiction Book Writing in Australian journalism Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mrs Varunika Sonani Hapuwatte Ruwanpura
2014 Principal Supervisor Adapting the Communication Challenge: Will communicating climate change adaptation need a new approach? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Robert Palmer


Date Role Membership Country
2000 - ongoing Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia Australia

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2014 - 2016 Member Radio Adelaide Advisory Committee
2013 - ongoing Member Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia Executive Australia
2010 - ongoing Member Mindframe for Journalism Education advisory committee Mindframe for Journalism Education Australia
2010 - 2012 Member School of Communication, International Studies and Languages Executive University of South Australia Australia
2010 - 2010 Chair Divisional Academic Program Approval Committee University of South Australia Australia
2005 - 2007 Member Divisonal Human Research Ethics Committee University of South Australia

Offices Held

Date Office Name Institution Country
2017 - 2017 Vice-president (awards) Journalism Education and Research Associatio of Australia Australia
2016 - ongoing Postgraduate Coordinator, Media and History University of Adelaide Australia
2016 - ongoing Media Officer Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia
2013 - 2015 Vice-president (Awards) Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia
2005 - 2008 Secretary Journalism Education and Research Australia of Australia
2003 - ongoing Associate Editor Australian Journalism Review
Senior Lecturer in Media
8313 4341
North Terrace
Napier Building, floor 9
Room Number
9 06
Org Unit