Researcher biography

Dr Caroline Graham is an award-winning investigative journalist who specialises in narrative non-fiction storytelling across both traditional and new media formats, including podcasting, data-driven reporting and longform creative non-fiction. Caroline is the co-author of the Australian bestseller Larrimah (Allen & Unwin, 2021), which was shortlisted for an Indie Book Award, Ned Kelly Award and two Davitt Awards and has been optioned by NBC Universal and Matchbox Pictures for potential development into a scripted TV series. Caroline is also the co-author and co-producer of the investigative true crime podcast series Lost in Larrimah (The Australian, 2018), which won a Walkley Award, an NT Media Award and was a finalist in the Quills Awards and the Australian Podcasting Awards. In addition to writing feature stories and creative non-fiction for a range of publications (including Text, The Australian, The Weekend Australian and The Guardian), Caroline has co-authored Writing Feature Stories: How to research and write articles, from listicles to longform (Routledge, 2017). She has received a national Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for her approach to teaching data-driven journalism and has co-ordinated student-authored data-driven investigations for The Guardian, Crikey and New Corp Australia. She also writes fiction, has worked as a consulting producer/script editor on a number of other podcast series and has written for or collaborated on a number of hybrid new media or cross-platform projects.

Caroline’s academic research interests centre around the application of journalistic ethics and traditions to emerging media formats, including data-driven reporting methodologies, the ethics of true crime podcasting, the evolution of narrative journalism formats, notions of subjectivity in a new-media landscape, regional and rural reporting and the emerging solutions journalism movement. Through her work on the Larrimah projects, she also has an enduring interest in Northern Territory war and rail history, the myth of the outback, small towns, the Australian identity and missing persons cases. She is always open to public-interest collaborations with industry or the not-for-profit sector, as well as cross-disciplinary research and practice opportunities.

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