News, Media, and Journalism Research Group

The News, Media, and Journalism Research Group is a collection of some 20 members at the world-leading QUT Digital Media Research Centre who are committed to producing research that is reflexive, reciprocal, transdisciplinary, and that contributes to the public good. You can follow the group’s activities and initiatives on X. Please reach out to the group’s leaders, A/Prof Jenny Hou and Dr Aljosha Karim Schapals, with any enquiries.

Who are we?

We represent a plurality of nations, cultures, languages, professional experiences, research traditions and orientations, career stages, and goals. Yet we are united as a group in our desire to explore ways to understand journalism’s cultures, practices, outputs and relationships in order to strengthen the roles of news, media, and journalism in society.

Our members include:

What do we do?

We investigate journalism’s users, creators, histories, cultures, practices, texts, communities of interest and impacts to provide knowledge that can sustain and improve journalism’s functioning in and for a changing world.

We provide nuanced understandings of journalism, news, and media by taking into account under-represented actors in society. We promote diverse voices and inclusivity, with particular emphases on the Global South, Asia-Pacific region, and Indigenous knowledges and perspectives.

We are focused on change, the leading edge, and what is next related to news, media, and journalism.

What do we value?

We value the role that journalism plays to improve our life as individuals and communities through information from and about our world. We value news, media, and journalism that serves everyone regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, Indigeneity, cultural background, nationality, and language.

We value the union and interplay among research, teaching, and practice and prize awareness and reflexivity as researchers and as people. We are focused on reciprocity and on how we can give back to the communities we are researching.

We recognise the transdisciplinary nature of news, media, and journalism and are committed to working to envision better media futures through creating spaces for discussion and analysis that are inclusive, equitable, ethical, and sustainable.

How can you get involved?

Please email research group leaders, A/Prof Jenny Hou and Dr Aljosha Karim Schapals, to discuss your involvement with the group.

DMRC research program

This group contributes to the research within the following DMRC research program:

Digital Publics