Getting to know... Verity Trott

Name: Verity Trott

Title: Lecturer

Faculty/Division: Communications and Media

Dept: School of Media, Film and Journalism

Campus: Caulfield

How long have you worked at Monash?

New to Monash in 2019 as a lecturer, but previously taught at Clayton in 2018.

Where did you work prior to starting at the University?

The University of Melbourne.

What do you like best about your role?

The opportunity to join a new research cluster with some great colleagues!

Why did you choose your current career path?

I chose to go into the field of digital media because it is a radically evolving field, which means there are more and more opportunities developing to work on innovative and exciting projects.

First job?

My first job ever was working as a program seller at the Australian Open. The perks included watching the games for free!

Worst job?

My worst job was also when I worked at the Australian Open because it was during an extreme heatwave and we were stationed outside in front of a court on which the games had been cancelled. This meant we made almost no sales and received no commission :(

What research/projects are you currently working on and what does it involve?

I am currently working on a couple of projects that examine large-data sets of tweets about the #MeToo movement and the public discourse around the Gillette advertisement. Both projects involve sifting through thousands of tweets but I also get to make pretty looking maps that visualise the communities of people who are in dialogue with each other.

What is your favourite place in the world and why?

My favourite place in the world would currently be Iceland for a few reasons. First, because of their very low levels of crime and fluffy purebred Icelandic ponies. And second, because of the northern lights, which are truly an amazing spectacle!

What is your favourite place to eat and why?

My favourite place to eat would be at home because nothing beats a fresh home cooked meal!

What is the best piece of advice you have received?

That asking the “dumb” questions is one of the smartest things to do.

Tell us something about yourself that your colleagues wouldn’t know?

I have been playing badminton for over twenty years!