Helen Vatsikopoulos is a Walkley Award winning journalist who has worked for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and its international station, the Australia Network, and for the Special Broadcasting Service.
In a career spanning 27 years she has worked on programs such as the ABC News, the Midday Report, the 7.30 report, Dateline, Lateline and Foreign Correspondent. In that time she has specialized in International Reporting and has covered history-changing events like the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of Communism, the Rwandan Genocide, the HIV-Aids crisis in West Papua, the Sri Lankan Civil War, the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, and the Bali Bombings — among many others. Her reporting on the collapse of the USSR won her a coveted Walkley award.
Helen has presented many studio-based television programs including Face the Press, News Extra, Talking Heads and Dateline for SBS; The 7.00 pm News and the Midday Report for ABC1 and Asia-Pacific Focus for the Australia Network. She has also made two documentaries: New World Borders and the award-winning Agatha’s Curse.
Helen joined UTS in September 2011.
Helen is researching a documentary for ABC1 and is working on her Doctorate of Creative Arts. Her research interests include: identity, nationalism, memory studies, historiography, autoethnography, video journalism, literary journalism
Helen teaches Storytelling with Image, and Television and Video Journalism
Journalism Major Project supervision
Vatsikopoulos, H 2016, 'The Role of the Media in Public Opinion and Social Cohesion', Australian Council of Social Services Council Conference 2016, Carriage works Redfern.
Vatsikopoulos, H 2016, 'Race Identity and Belonging - Cultural Diversity and the Media', National Multicultural Women's Conference 2016:Influencing Change Vision and Impact, Parkroyal Parramatta.
Vatsikopoulos, H 2014, 'Rwanda: 20 years after the Genocide- PTSD and journalists, cinematographers, sound recordists and editors', Journalism Education and Research Association Conference, Sydney.
Vatsikopoulos, H. 2013, 'Ethnic Media', Multicultural Media at the Crossroads, Parliament House New South Wales.
Case study of impact of Greek media on integration of migrants in Australia
Vatsikopoulos, H 2017, 'Exposure 04: Andrew Quilty - Australian Centre for Photography'.
Vatsikopoulos, H 2016, 'Cultural Diversity 2014 - 2016'.
vatsikopoulos 2015, 'SOFT POWER AND THE RISE OF SCANDINAVIA'.
Vatsikopoulos, H 2015, 'FRANK GEHRY TELEVISION DOCUMENTARIES ABC/BBC: Getting Gehry and The Architect says Why Can't I?', ABC.
Vatsikopoulos, H, Aitken - co-writer/director, S & Erson co-producer, A 2015, '"Getting Gehry"', original concept documentary and co-producer and co-writer, ABC 1 and BBC.
My original concept documentary on Frank Gehry, the architect and his first Australian building
Vatsikopoulos, H 2015, 'Honouring the Journalists who bring us stories from the frontline', The Conversation.
Examines the role of journalists in bearing witness and the new LAW of WAR that that Pentagon has put out that targets journalists as the enemy in war
The COnversation piece on the Gehry effect - how starchitects add value and marketing
Vatsikopoulos, H 2013, 'Australia has more soft power than ever but can we keep it?', The Conversation.
Australia's place in the Soft Power Index will fall because of the policies of the Australian Governement
Vatsikopoulos, H 2013, 'Soft Power: How TV Shows like Borgen put Denmark on the map'.
Nordic Noir is a cultural export for the Scandinavian countries - this article explores how the Danes made TV a soft power tool
Vatsikopoulos, H. 2013, 'Waiting for Gehry', Stories from the Tower, Xoum, NSW, pp. 160-163.
Article on the new Gehry building including original interviews, archival research and creative writing
Vatsikopoulos, H, 'Whose Australian Stories?'.
The Conversation piece on the lack of cultural diversity among content makers at the ABC
Vatsikopoulos, H, 'One thing Abbott was completely right about : The Messenger and the Assassin's Knife', The New Daily.
Looking at the insider culture in journalism and politics
Vatsikopoulos, H. THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 2013, The Rise of the North, pp. 24-25.
A comprehensive article on the rise of Scandinavian culture, from crime fiction, music, video games, food, film and television.
Vatsikopoulos, H 2014, 'Public Media and Social Crisis - How the media covers crisis'.
Panel discussion: Public Media and Social Crisis
Vatsikopoulos, H, 'Michelle Guthrie should look to UK and reality TV to achieve a more diverse ABC', The Conversation.