Dr Helen Caple

PhD
School of the Arts & Media

Contact

+61 2 9385 7735
+61 2 9385 6812
Room 311Q, Level 3, Robert Webster
Kensington Campus
Fields: Discourse and Pragmatics
Tags: The Media, Languages and Literature

I am an ARC DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Journalism with the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW. My current DECRA project is charged with investigating contemporary practices in photojournalism in the Australian news media in the wake of massive layoffs among press photographers. This includes the ways in which citizens and organisations outside of journalism are re-shaping and re-defining photojournalistic practice through their engagement with the digital economy.

In 2010, I completed a PhD on image-text relations in print news media with the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. Current research interests include discursive news values analysis (DNVA), text-image relations, multimodality, visual storytelling and the role of picture galleries in online news reporting. I have worked on research projects investigating the portrayal of women in sports by the Australian Media (with JMRC at UNSW) and investigating visual storytelling techniques at the ABC. In 2013, I was a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, UK. I am also a former press photographer.

Research

I am an ARC DECRA Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Journalism with the School of the Arts and Media at UNSW. My current DECRA project is charged with investigating contemporary practices in photojournalism in the Australian news media in the wake of massive layoffs among press photographers. This includes the ways in which citizens and organisations outside of journalism are re-shaping and re-defining photojournalistic practice through their engagement with the digital economy.

In 2010, I completed a PhD on image-text relations in print news media with the Department of Linguistics at the University of Sydney. Current research interests include discursive news values analysis (DNVA), text-image relations, multimodality, visual storytelling and the role of picture galleries in online news reporting. I have worked on research projects investigating the portrayal of women in sports by the Australian Media (with JMRC at UNSW) and investigating visual storytelling techniques at the ABC. In 2013, I was a Visiting Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, University of Oxford, UK. I am also a former press photographer.

You can learn more about DNVA, my DECRA Project and other research publications at my research websites listed under 'Related Links' at the end of this page.

Publications

    Books

    Book Chapters

    • Caple H, 2017, 'Analysing the multimodal text', in Taylor C; Marchi A (ed.), Corpus approaches to discourse: a critical review., Routledge, London
    • Caple H, 2016, 'Results, resolve, reaction: Words, images and the functional structure of online match reports', in The Discourse of Sport: Analyses from Social Linguistics, pp. 210 - 227, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9781315644974
    • Caple H;Bednarek M, 2015, 'Promotional Videos. What do they tell us about the value of news?', in Piazza R; Haarman L; Caborn A (ed.), Values and Choices in Television Discourse. A View from Both Sides of the Screen, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 5 - 30, http://www.palgrave.com/page/detail/Values-and-Choices-in-Television-Discourse/?K=9781137478467
    • Caple H, 2015, 'Visual Media', in Cotter C; Perrin D (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Language and the Media, edn. Routledge Handbooks in Linguistics, Taylor & Francis (Routledge), London, pp. 230 - 243
    • Caple H, 2010, 'Doubling-up: allusion and bonding in multi-semiotic news stories', in Bednarek M; Martin JR (ed.), New Discourse on Language: Functional Perspectives on Multimodality, Identity, and Affiliation, edn. Original, Continuum, London, pp. 111 - 133
    • Caple H, 2010, 'What you see and what you get: the evolving role of news photographs in an Australian broadsheet', in Rupar V (ed.), Journalism and meaning-making : reading the newspaper, edn. Original, Hampton Press, Cresskill, NJ, pp. 199 - 220
    • Caple H, 2009, 'Multi-semiotic communication in an Australian broadsheet: a new news story genre', in Bazerman C; Bonini A; Figueiredo D (ed.), Genre in A Changing World, Perspectives on Writing, edn. Original, The WAC Clearinghouse and Parlor Press, Fort Collins, Colorado, pp. 243 - 254
    • Caple H, 2008, 'Reconciling the co-articulation of meaning between words and pictures: exploring instantiation and commitment in image-nuclear news stories', in Mahboob A; Knight N (ed.), Questioning Linguistics, edn. Original, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, United Kingdom, pp. 77 - 94
    • Caple H, 2008, 'Intermodal relations in image nuclear news stories', in Unsworth L (ed.), Multimodal Semiotics: Functional Analysis in Contexts of Education, edn. 1, Continuum, London, pp. 125 - 138

    Journal articles

    • Caple H;Knox JS, 2017, 'Genre(less) and purpose(less): Online news galleries', Discourse, Context and Media, vol. 20, pp. 204 - 217, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2017.05.003
    • Caple H;Knox JS, 2017, 'How to author a picture gallery', Journalism, pp. 146488491769198 - 146488491769198, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1464884917691988
    • Caple H;Knox JS, 2015, 'A framework for the multimodal analysis of online news galleries: What makes a “good” picture gallery?', Social Semiotics, vol. 25, pp. 292 - 321, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10350330.2014.1002174
    • Potts A;Bednarek M;Caple H, 2015, 'How can computer-based methods help researchers to investigate news values in large datasets? A corpus linguistic study of the construction of newsworthiness in the reporting on Hurricane Katrina', Discourse and Communication, vol. 9, pp. 149 - 172, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1750481314568548
    • Caple H, 2014, 'Anyone Can Take a Photo, But: Is there space for the professional photographer in the twenty-first century newsroom?', Digital Journalism, vol. 2, pp. 355 - 365, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2014.882074
    • Caple H;Bednarek M, 2014, 'Rethinking news values: What a discursive approach can tell us about the construction of news discourse and news photography', Journalism, vol. 17, pp. 435 - 455, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1464884914568078
    • Bednarek M;Caple H, 2014, 'Why do news values matter? Towards a new methodological framework for analysing news discourse in Critical Discourse Analysis and beyond', Discourse and Society, vol. 25, pp. 135 - 158, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0957926513516041
    • Caple H, 2013, 'Competing for coverage: Exploring emerging discourses on female athletes in the Australian print media', English Text Construction, vol. 6, pp. 271 - 294, http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/etc.6.2.01ogo
    • Caple H;Bogle M, 2013, 'Making group assessment transparent: What wikis can contribute to collaborative projects', Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, vol. 38, pp. 198 - 210, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02602938.2011.618879
    • Caple H;Knox JS, 2012, 'Online news galleries, photojournalism and the photo essay', Visual Communication, vol. 11, pp. 207 - 236, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470357211434032
    • Bednarek M;Caple H, 2012, ''Value added': Language, image and news values', Discourse, Context and Media, vol. 1, pp. 103 - 113, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.dcm.2012.05.006
    • Caple H;Greenwood K;Lumby C, 2011, 'What league? the representation of female athletes in Australian television sports coverage', Media International Australia, pp. 137 - 146
    • Bednarek M;Caple H, 2010, 'Playing with environmental stories in the news - good or bad practice?', Discourse and Communication, vol. 4, pp. 5 - 31, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1750481309351206
    • Caple H;Bednarek M, 2010, 'Double-take: Unpacking the play in the image-nuclear news story', Visual Communication, vol. 9, pp. 211 - 229, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1470357210369863

    Conference Papers

    • Caple H;Bednarek M, 2017, 'Introducing a new topology for (multimodal) discourse analysis.', in Chappell P; Knox JS (eds.), Transforming Contexts. Papers from the 44th International Systemic Functional Congress, International Systemic Functional Congress, Wollongong, Australia, presented at International Systemic Functional Congress, Wollongong, Australia, 10 - 14 July 2017
    • Allen B;Caple H;Coleman K;Nguyen T, 2012, 'Creativity in practice: Social media in higher education', in ASCILITE 2012 - Annual conference of the Australian Society for Computers in Tertiary Education
    • Caple H, 2009, 'Sharing ‘uncommon’ ground: how news reporting construes readership through word-image play', in Sharing ‘uncommon’ ground: how news reporting construes readership through word-image play, International Pragmatics Conference 2009, Melbourne, Australia, presented at International Pragmatics Conference 2009, Melbourne, Australia, 12 - 17 July 2009
    • Caple H, 2009, 'Educating Aunty: How prepared are ABC cadet journalists for the digital age?', in Educating Aunty: How prepared are ABC cadet journalists for the digital age?, JEAA Conference, Perth, Australia, presented at JEAA Conference, Perth, Australia, 30 November - 02 December 2009
    • Caple H, 2007, 'Multimodal Communication in Print Newspaper Stories – A New News Genre', in Proceedings. 4th International Symposium on Genre Studies, 4th International Symposium on Genre Studies, Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, Tubarao, Brazil, presented at 4th International Symposium on Genre Studies, Universidade do Sul de Santa Catarina, Tubarao, Brazil, 15 - 18 August 2007
    • Caple H, 2006, 'Intermodal Relations in Image Nuclear News Stories', in Multimodal Texts & Multiliteracies: Semiotic Theory and Practical Pedagogy, National Conference of the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, presented at National Conference of the Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, 01 January 2006
    • Caple H, 2006, 'Nuclearity in the News Story – The Genesis of Image Nuclear News Stories', in Empowerment, Creativity and Innovation: Challenging Media and Communication in the 21st Century, Australia and New Zealand Communication Association and the University of Adelaide, Adelaide, presented at Australian & New Zealand Communication Association International Conference, 2006: Empowerment, Creativity and Innovation: Challenging Media and Communication in the 21st Century, Adelaide, 05 - 07 July 2006

    Reports

    • Lumby C;Caple H;Greenwood K, 2010, Towards a Level Playing Field: Sport and Gender in Australian Media, Australian Sports Commission, Canberra, Women in Sport

    Other

    • Caple H, 2017, Consumer Culture and the Media: Magazines in the Public Eye by Mehita Iqani, A Review, SAGE Publications
    • Caple H, 2013, New Approach to News Values, European Journalism Observatory, Lugano, Switzerland, http://en.ejo.ch/
    • Caple H, 2013, This is the End for the Press Photographer, Right?, European Journalism Observatory, Lugano, Switzerland, http://en.ejo.ch/
    • Caple H, 2011, Journalism: Principles and Practice, 2nd edition, SAGE PUBLICATIONS INC, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/17504813110050020503

    Conference Presentations

    • Caple H, 2017, 'Introducing Kaleidographic: A new visualization tool for multimodal discourse analysis', presented at ISFC, Wollongong, Australia, 10 - 14 July 2017
    • Caple H;Bednarek M, 2017, 'A new topology for (multimodal) discourse analysis', presented at ISFC, Wollongong, Australia, 10 - 14 July 2017
    • Caple H, 2016, '21st century media literacy: Equity for all semiotic modes?', presented at ASFLA, ACU, North Sydney, 27 - 29 September 2016
    • Bednarek M;Caple H, 2016, 'Promotional videos: What do they tell us about the value of news?', pp. 5 - 30, presented at Values and Choices in Television Discourse: A View from Both Sides of the Screen, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/9781137478474
    • Caple H, 2015, 'Sports illustrated: The role of photography in sports journalism', presented at ISFC43, Aachen, Germany, 27 - 31 July 2015
    • Caple H;Bednarek M, 2014, 'Teaching newsworthiness and news values in the age of the visual', presented at Journalism Education and Research Association Australia, University of Technology Sydney, 25 - 27 November 2014
    • Caple H, 2014, 'Journalism education and visual storytelling - A new 'golden age' for press photography?', presented at Journalism Education and Research Association Australia, University of Technology Sydney, 25 - 27 November 2014
    • Caple H;Bednarek M, 2014, 'News values - Towards a linguistic framework', presented at Australian Systemic Functional Linguistics Association Conference, University of New South Wales, 30 September - 02 October 2014
    • Caple H, 2013, 'Values in online video news summaries', presented at Values and ideology in TV discourse: A one-day interdisciplinary colloquium on recent research, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK, 22 - 22 November 2013
    • Caple H, 2013, '‘“Anyone can take a photo, but”: Is there space for the professional photographer in the 21st century newsroom?', presented at Future of Journalism: In an age of digital media and economic uncertainty, Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies (JOMEC), Cardiff University, UK, 12 - 13 September 2013
    • Caple H, 2013, 'Language and image in the news: Online news galleries', presented at 5th International Language in the Media Conference, Queen Mary, University of London, UK, 28 - 30 September 2013
    • Caple H;Bednarek M, 2012, 'Exploring the Discursive Construal of News Values across Words and Images', presented at ISFC 39, UTS, Australia, 16 - 20 July 2012
    • Caple H;Bednarek M, 2012, 'A discursive approach to news values', presented at 8th Discourse Analysis Symposium: Researching Discourses with an Open Mind, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia, 16 - 16 November 2012
    • Caple H;Allen B;Coleman K;Nguyen T, 2012, 'Creativity in practice: Social media in higher education', presented at Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, Ascilite 2012, Wellington, New Zealand, 25 - 28 November 2012
    • Caple H, 2012, 'A discursive approach to news values and its implications for journalism education', presented at 2nd International Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice Conference (ALAPP): Integrating Theory and Professional Practice, UTS, Australia, 06 - 08 December 2012
    • Caple H, 2012, 'More than words can say: The contribution of language AND image to news discourse', presented at 2nd International Applied Linguistics and Professional Practice Conference (ALAPP): Integrating Theory and Professional Practice, UTS, Australia, 06 - 08 December 2012
    • Caple H;Bednarek M, 2011, 'Value Added: Language, Image and News Values', presented at IPrA: 12th International Pragmatics Conference, Manchester University, UK, 03 - 08 July 2011
    • Caple H;Knox JS, 2010, 'Images in online news: Mapping new news genres', presented at ISFC37, University of British Colombia, Vancouver, Canada, 18 - 23 July 2010
    • Caple H;Lumby C;Greenwood K, 2010, 'Competing for coverage: the representation of female athletes in the Australian news media', presented at Journalism Education Association of Australia Conference, UTS, Australia, 24 - 26 November 2010
    • Caple H;Knox JS, 2010, 'Emerging Visual Genres in online news', presented at 5ICOM, UTS, Australia, 01 - 03 December 2010
    • Caple H, 2010, 'Competing for coverage: the representation of female athletes in the Australian news media', presented at JEAA, UTS, Australia, 24 - 26 November 2010
    • Caple H;Knox J, 2010, 'Emerging visual genres in online news', presented at 5 ICOM, UTS, Australia, 01 - 03 December 2010
    • Caple H;Knox J, 2010, 'Images in online news: Mapping new news genres', presented at ISFC 35, Vancouver, Canada, 18 - 23 July 2010
    • Caple H;Bednarek M, 2008, 'Multimodality, intertextuality and the obliging reader in a new newspaper genre', presented at Linguistic and Multisemiotic Challenges in Europe and the World: 20th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference and Workshop, University of Helsinki, 11 - 13 June 2008
    • Caple H;Bednarek M, 2008, 'Reporting the environment: an ecolinguistic analysis of a new news story genre', presented at Southern Hemisphere Englishes: Australian Linguistics Society Annual Conference, University of Sydney, 02 - 04 July 2008
    • Zhao S;Martin J;Caldwell D;Caple H;Knight N;Zappavigna M, 2008, 'Frontiers of Multimodal Discourse Analysis: From practice to theory. Colloquium', presented at 2nd International Free Linguistics Conference, University of Sydney, 11 - 12 October 2008
    • Caple H, 2008, 'Voices from within and beyond the text: Intertextuality and the multimodal news story', presented at Voices around the world: 35th International Systemic Functional Congress, Macquarie University, Sydney, 21 - 25 July 2008
    • Caple H, 2008, 'Storytelling in print newspapers: Just how much more personal can it get?', presented at Research, Investigation and Storytelling: emerging narratives in journalism and journalism studies. JEA Conference, University of Wollongong, 01 - 03 December 2008
    • Caple H;Bednarek M, 2008, 'Investigating evaluative stance in environmental news reporting', presented at Systemic Functional Linguistics Research Seminar 2008, University of Sydney, 22 August 2008
    • Caple H, 2008, 'Moving Images: How photographs make meaning in newspaper text', presented at Department of Linguistics Research Seminar 2008, University of Sydney, 16 May 2008
    • Caple H, 2008, 'Multimodality in the newspaper: How and what do photographs mean?', presented at Multimodal Research Seminar, University of Technology, Sydney, 22 May 2008
    • Caple H, 2007, '‘Beyond Reading Images’: how the textual metafunctional is put to work in analysing the composition of photographs', presented at Systemic Functional Linguistics in Use: 34th International Systemic Functional Congress, University of Southern Denmark, 16 - 20 July 2007
    • Caple H, 2007, '‘Cry Freedom’: how intertextuality breeds solidarity in the multimodal news story', presented at International University of Sydney Free Linguistics Conference, University of Sydney, 06 - 07 October 2007
    • Caple H;Bednarek M, 2007, 'Double-take: unpacking the play in the multimodal news bite', presented at Discourses and Cultural Practices Conference, University of Technology, Sydney, 29 November - 01 December 2007
    • Bednarek M;Caple H;Knight M, 2007, 'Negotiating social networks: Attitude and communality', presented at SYNLAC, University of Sydney, 06 - 07 December 2007
    • Caple H, 2007, 'Composition and the photographic image', presented at Systemic Functional Linguistics Research Seminar 2007, University of Sydney, 23 March 2007
    • Caple H, 2007, 'Ooohh, I wanna bond with somebody: Affilitation and Instantiation in multimodal news stories', presented at PhD Research Seminar, University of Sydney, 09 May 2007
    • Caple H, 2007, 'Press photographs – how do they mean?', presented at Department of Linguistics Research Seminar 2007, Pontificia Universidade Catolica, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 13 August 2007
    • Caple H, 2007, 'Instantiation, Affiliation and the multimodal news story', presented at Multimidal Discourse Analysis Research Seminar, University of Technology, Sydney, 12 October 2007
    • Caple H, 2006, 'What you see and what you get: the evolving role of images in print newspapers', presented at Form and Style in Journalism: Newspapers and the Representation of News 1880-2006. International Symposium, University of Tasmania, 14 - 15 December 2006
    • Caple H, 2006, 'Multimodal communication in print newspaper stories', presented at Department of Linguistics Research Seminar 2006, University of Sydney, 08 September 2006
    • Caple H, 2005, 'Image – the soft face of hard news', presented at Discourses of hope: peace, Reconciliation, learning and change. International Systemic Functional Congress, ISFC 2005, University of Sydney, 17 - 22 July 2005

    Working Papers

Teaching

Convener:
MDIA3002: Multiplatform Journalism

MDIA2008: Broadcast Media Practices

 

HDR Supervision:

Ongoing:

Lisa Coleman, PhD, 'Picture editing in mid-twentieth century photojournalism - A historiography of Australian born picture editor Norman Hall (1910-1978)'

Completed:

Sameera Durrani, PhD, 'Representing Nations through Visual Narratives: Pakistan and Iran in Time Magazine (1981-2010)'

Yuemei Chen, Master of Arts, 'Multimodal Genre Analysis of Business English Micro-lectures' (商务英语微课的多模态体裁分析) - International Research Practicum, Guangxi University.

Samuel Luke, Master of Arts (Research), 'Welfare Visual Identity: A Social Semiotic Approach'

Nashkabir Izzard Bin Dato Nasaruddin, Graduate Diploma, 'How amateur footage of the Syrian Civil War is incorporated into professional news contexts:The case of  Al-Jazeera English and Russia Today'

Affiliations and membership

ASFLA

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