Phillip McIntyre is an Associate Professor in Communication and Media at the University of Newcastle, researching creativity and innovation. Phillip has published widely in this area with a particular focus on the creative processes involved in various aspects of music including songwriting, sound engineering and producing. His recent book, Creativity and Cultural Production: Issues for Media Practice, was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2012.
Previously, Phillip was involved in the music industry where he was a songwriter, instrumentalist, musical director and manager for various groups dealing with promoters, record companies and distribution labels. He managed a section of a large music retailer and his work as a music journalist entailed interviewing and writing feature stories on a wide range of musicians including David Bowie, John Fogerty, Paul Kelly, Don Walker, Daniel Johns, Mandawuy Yunupingu, Tim Rogers and many others. He has active Facebook, LinkedIn and Academia.edu accounts and his website is Texas Radio and the Big Beat.
Dr Janet Fulton is a Lecturer in Communication and Media at the University of Newcastle and teaches and researches in the area of journalism, creativity and cultural production, social media, journalism education and the future of journalism in the digital domain. Janet has a PhD in Communication and Media. Her PhD research project, Making the News: Print Journalism and the Creative Process, applied creativity models to print journalism and investigated how journalists interact with cultural and social structures when they produce, or create, their work. Janet’s research in this area has been published at national and international levels in books, journals and presented at conferences. She has also taught into the capstone course of the Bachelor of Communication at the University of Newcastle, which is a course that employs the theories included in this book.
Dr Elizabeth Paton is senior education and outreach officer for the Australia Research Council Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function (Monash University node). Previously, she taught communication, media and creative industries subjects at Monash University and the University of Newcastle at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Elizabeth has published in a range of scholarly journals on topics including socio- cultural models of creativity, the social system of creativity in Australian fiction writing, media influence on creativity, writer’s block, flow and motivation, teaching creativity in higher education, and practice-led research in scriptwriting. She previously worked as a broadcast journalist for the Austereo network and as a freelance writer for specialist magazines and streetpress. She is an active social media user.
Dr Sarah Coffee is a tutor in Communication and Media and Creative and Performing Arts at the University of Newcastle. She holds a PhD in Media and Communication from the University of Newcastle. Sarah’s PhD thesis, Profiling Creativity: An Exploration of the Creative Process Through the Practice of Freelance Print Journalism, consisted of a series of feature articles on individual creative practitioners and an exegesis that used these articles and the documented process of writing them as the basis of a practitioner based enquiry into the nature of creativity and cultural production.
Associate Professor Stacy DeZutter is an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where she also chairs the Department of Theatre. DeZutter holds a PhD in the Learning Sciences from Washington University in St. Louis and an M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Pittsburgh. Drawing on her background in professional, ensemble-based theatre, DeZutter’s scholarship focuses on the creativity of collaborative groups. In particular, DeZutter aims to understand the interactional processes by which a collaborative group can function as a single, distributed cognitive system in which the system, rather than the individual, is the locus of creative production. DeZutter’s current research examines the affordances of distributed creativity as a theoretical framework for facilitating innovation within teachers’ professional learning communities.
Dr Susan Kerrigan is a Screen Production Scholar who specialises in creative screen practice through practice-led research. Susan is a current recipient of an ARC Linkage Grant entitled ‘Creativity and Cultural Production: An Applied Ethnographic Study of New Entrepreneurial Systems in the Creative Industries’. She is a member of the Communication and Media Research (CAMR) group and is a member of the Hunter Centre for Creative Industries and Technology (HCIT). During 2012/2013 Susan was President of the Australian Screen Production, Education and Research Association (ASPERA) and in 2014 Susan convened the annual ASPERA Conference ‘Screen Explosion’. Susan has examined PhDs and Masters (by research) for Screen Production, Screenwriting and Television practices.
Dr Michael Meany is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Design, Communication and IT at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Michael’s background includes careers as a freelance writer, typesetter and publication designer, and as a playwright. From these varied careers, Michael brings to his research an eclectic mix of skills. His research interests include: comedy and humour, script writing and narrative/interactive media design. Drawing on these interests, his PhD research examined the performance of comedy by artificial intelligence agents. His journal and conference publications span a range of disciplines including information technology, design practice, creativity theory, humour theory and the humanities.
Justin Morey has a background in sound engineering and music production, having run his own recording studio in London from 1995–2003. As a co-writer and producer of dance music, he has had records released through labels including Acid Jazz, Lacerba (Sony) and Ministry of Sound. He has been teaching in higher education since 2001, and has been a member of academic staff at Leeds Beckett University (formerly Leeds Metropolitan University) since 2004, where his teaching specialism are music production and music business. His main research interest is in sampling as a creative practice within British dance music, and his research has been published in the IASPM-Norden Music, Law and Business Anthology (IIPC), the IASPM Journal 2012 Digital Nation Special Edition, Dancecult and the Journal on the Art of Record Production (JARP), including co-authorships with Dr Phillip McIntyre (University of Newcastle, Australia).
Dr Eva Novrup Redvall is Associate Professor in the Department of Film, Media and Communication at the University of Copenhagen where she is Head of the Research Priority Area on Creative Media Industries. She holds a PhD on screenwriting as a creative process and has published a number of articles on Nordic film and television, production studies, screenwriting and creativity in books and journals. Her latest books are Writing and Producing Television Drama in Denmark: From The Kingdom to The Killing (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and Danish Directors 3: Dialogues on the New Danish Documentary Cinema (co-written with Mette Hjort and Ib Bondebjerg, Intellect 2014).
Paul Thompson is a professional recording engineer with over ten years of experience working in the music industry. He is currently a senior lecturer at Leeds Beckett University where he teaches acoustics, pyschoacoustics and studio production on the Music Technology and Music Production programmes. His doctoral research investigated creativity and collaboration inside the recording studio and his on-going research interests include popular music and audio education, informal music learning practices, creativity and cultural production in popular music.