Dr Edward Hurcombe

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Research Associate

PhD (Queensland University of Technology, 2019)

Dr Edward Hurcombe was appointed as a Lecturer, Public Relations, in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University in January 2023. Prior to this appointment, Dr Hurcombe was a Research Associate at QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre, working on an ARC Discovery project titled “Evaluating the Challenge of ‘Fake News’ and Other Malinformation”. 

Edward researches how news and journalistic practice are transforming in relation to the technologies, economies, and user cultures of social media platforms. He is interested in both the challenges and possibilities emerging from these transformations: from tackling malicious actors on platforms, to locating new kinds of socially-positive digital journalism. His research has been published in leading journals such as Journalism, Digital Journalism, and New Media & Society. Currently, he is writing a monograph titled “Social News: How Born-Digital Outlets Transformed Journalism”, to be published with Palgrave Macmillan.