Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Jock Cheetham

Artist’s statement

Research Overview

Jock Cheetham began his practice-led PhD at the University of Sydney in 2021. He is producing a documentary about the experience with his late partner, Neroli Colvin, of her illness, loss of sight and ultimately passing away. The theory elements in the exegesis will explore the key themes raised in the documentary.

Jock has been a journalist since 1991. His writing has been published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Times Higher Education Supplement (UK) and The Independent (UK), among many others, and his video and radio work has been broadcast on the ABC.

Jock spent 13 years at Fairfax Media, working for six years at the Herald before becoming manager of editorial training for metropolitan titles in NSW in 2008, a position he held until 2015. In 2016, he taught news writing at the University of Sydney before moving to CSU in Bathurst to lecture in journalism in 2017.

In 2009, he was a Walkley Award finalist for a feature series about a murder in inner Sydney.

His teaching and skill areas include:

  • News writing
  • Copy editing
  • Feature writing
  • Video and documentary production
  • Social media
  • Online journalism trends and strategy

Since 2005, he has worked a volunteer on development in East Timor, helping fundraise and distribute $150,000 to support independent journalism and media. He is married with a baby boy.