UTS announces inaugural journalist-in-residence program
The UTS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to welcome award-winning investigative journalist, Jess Hill, as our first Journalist-in-Residence.
Jess has been well-recognised as a leading journalist on the topic of domestic abuse in Australia, with three Our Watch Awards, an Amnesty International Media Award for Women’s Leadership and two Walkley Awards. As well as this, Jess was listed in Foreign Policy's top 100 women to follow on Twitter, and was named as one of the 30 most influential people under 30 by Cosmopolitan magazine.
In 2019, Jess published her first book, "See What You Made Me Do”, which combines storytelling with forensic research to deep dive into the national issue of domestic and family violence in Australia. The book was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Walkley Book Award, Indie Book Awards and was a Finalist of the 2019 Human Rights Medal for the Media Award.
Prior to reporting on domestic abuse, Jess was a producer for ABC Radio, a Middle East correspondent for The Global Mail, and an investigative journalist for Background Briefing. It was this diverse experience across a range of media that made Jess an excellent candidate for the faculty's inaugural Journalist-in-Residence (JiR) program.
Whilst at UTS, Jess will be given the time and dedicated space to work on her next projects, alongside leading UTS Journalism academics. Jess will also be available to mentor Journalism students and contribute to faculty events. This involves taking part in the Meet the Journalist series, delivering a guest lecture and addressing students on how to report domestic abuse.
I am so thrilled to be joining UTS as the inaugural Journalist-in-Residence. For the last few years, I’ve been working almost entirely alone, scrambling for room at any cafe or library that would have me. As many writers know, this work can be so isolating - it’s just you and the screen for days on end.
The opportunity to be working amongst the excellent minds at UTS, not just in the journalism department, but across so many disciplines, is one I am so grateful to have. Some of our best journalists have emerged from UTS, so I’m also excited to be amongst all the up-and-comers, and to exchange ideas and techniques with them.
While I’m at UTS I’ll be working on a mini-series for SBS (based on my recent book, See What You Made Me Do) and a podcast series with the Victorian Women’s Trust.
UTS Journalist-in-Residence 2020/21