Professor Lynette Sheridan Burns

Professor Lynette Sheridan Burns

Adjunct Professor,
Dean's Unit, School of Humanities & Comm Arts

Communications (SoHCA)


Lynette Sheridan Burns is Professor of Journalism and Deputy Dean, Humanities and Communication Arts.

Her research focuses on innovative approaches to teaching and since 1998 she has led three Federally-funded curriculum design projects aiming to improve the quality of journalism by intervening in the pre-professional education of journalists. The projects focused on developing skills in critical self-reflection and reflective practice through consideration of the intellectual processes used to make professional decisions, particularly media reporting of social minorities. This work attracted an Award for Excellence in Teaching (University of Newcastle) and The Australian Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing. She is currently a co-investigator in an OLT funded action research project "In the Beginning" (with Thomas et al) which is examining first year learning outcomes in a range of Bachelor of Arts disciplines. Professor Sheridan Burns has a strong publication record in learning and teaching and a second edition of her successful monograph Understanding Journalism was published in 2013. The first edition, published in 2002 was succeeded by reprints in 2003 and translated into Czech in 2005.


This information has been contributed by Professor Sheridan Burns.


  • PhD University of Newcastle (NSW)
  • BA Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit, School of Humanities & Comm Arts
  • Communications (SoHCA)


Phone: On Leave
Location: ED.G.23

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  • Sheridan Burns, L. (2004), 'Zournalistika', : Portal Press 8071788716.
  • Sheridan Burns, L. (2002), 'Understanding Journalism', : SAGE Publications 0761970258.

Journal Articles

  • Sheridan Burns, L. and Matthews, B. (2018), 'First things first : teaching data journalism as a core skill', Asia Pacific Media Educator, vol 28, no 1 , pp 91 - 105.
  • Thomas, T., Wallace, J., Allen, P., Clark, J., Jones, A., Lawrence, J., Cole, B. and Sheridan Burns, L. (2017), 'Strategies for leading academics to rethink humanities and social sciences curricula in the context of discipline standards', International Journal for Academic Development, vol 22, no 2 , pp 120 - 133.
  • Shumack, K. and Sheridan Burns, L. (2017), 'On-campus or online : learning resources and communities of practice make the difference', Spark: UAL Creative Teaching and Learning Journal, vol 2, no 2 , pp 111 - 122.
  • Sheridan Burns, L. and Matthews, B. (2017), '"Post-industrial" journalism as a creative industry', World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, vol 11, no 6 , pp 1533 - 1541.
  • Skehan, J., Sheridan Burns, L. and Hazell, T. (2009), 'the Response Ability project: Integrating the Reporting of Suicide and Mental Health Issues in Journalism Curricula', Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, vol 64, no 2 , pp 192 - 206.
  • Sheridan Burns, L., Skehan, J. and Hazell, T. (2007), 'Keeping pace with current Issues in reporting suicide and mental illness', Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, vol 4, no 2 , pp 107 - 118.
  • Sheridan Burns, L. (2003), 'Critical Reflections on the Development of Australian Journalism Education', Asia Pacific Media Educator, vol 14 , pp 123 - 141.

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