I am a Professor of Journalism at the University of Vienna. My research interests are in comparative journalism studies, journalism culture, lifestyle journalism, Indigenous journalism and journalism and memory.

Prior to joining the University of Vienna in August 2016, I was Associate Professor and Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow in Journalism at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) from 2014-2016. I still maintain an active connection with QUT as Adjunct Professor in Journalism, Media and Communication. At QUT, I was also a chief investigator in the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC), co-leading Programme 1 on Journalism, Public Communication and Democracy. Related to this, I am currently a co-chief investigator on the research project Journalism Beyond the Crisis: Emerging Forms, Practices, and Uses, which was funded by the Australian Research Council for the period 2016-18. Co-investigators on the project include Brian McNair, Axel Bruns, Mark Deuze, Christoph Neuberger and Tamara Witschge.

Before that, I was journalism program leader at the University of the Sunshine Coast, where I worked from 2008-2014. I also held a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Queensland in 2006-2008. I am the author of Representing Death in the News: Journalism, Media and Mortality (Palgrave, 2010); co-author of Journalism Across Cultures: An Introduction (with Levi Obijiofor, Palgrave, 2011); editor of Lifestyle Journalism (Routledge, 2013) and co-editor of Travel Journalism: Exploring Production, Impact and Culture (with Elfriede Fürsich, Palgrave, 2014). I am currently working, with Sue Abel (University of Auckland), on two book projects: The first is an authored book about Indigenous journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, to be published by Palgrave in early 2017. The second an edited collection about Indigenous journalism around the globe, to be published by Peter Lang in 2017.

My work has been published in a wide range of national and international journals, such as Information, Communication & Society; Media, Culture & Society; European Journal of Communication; International Communication Gazette; Journalism: Theory, Practice; Criticism; Journalism Studies; Digital Journalism; Journalism Practice; International Journal of Communication; Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; Media International Australia and Australian Journalism Review.

I am heavily involved in cross-national collaborative research projects. I am Vice-Chair of the Worlds of Journalism Study, which studies journalism culture in more than 60 countries. I also co-lead (with Claudia Mellado) the 30-country study Journalism Students Across the Globe. Since November 2016 I have also been Vice-Chair of the Journalism Studies Section of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA). I further serve on the editorial boards of Journalism Studies, Digital Journalism, Communication Theory and Practice, as well as Australian Journalism Review.

This site’s purpose is to provide some basic information about my research interests, publications and teaching expertise. Below you will find an abridged version of my CV.

Access my University of Vienna staff profile here.

For a list of my publications please click here.

Many of these publications are available as full-text in the QUT repository ePrints. Click here to access.

You can contact me on folker.hanusch(at)qut.edu.au


University of Queensland (Brisbane)

2007 Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education)
2003 – 2006 Doctor of Philosophy (Journalism)
1999 – 2002 Bachelor of Arts (Honours Class IIa) in Journalism


University of Vienna

since 2016 Professor of Journalism

Queensland University of Technology

since 2016



Adjunct Professor, Journalism, Media and Communication

Associate Professor, Journalism, Media and Communication

Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellow, Journalism, Media and Communication

University of the Sunshine Coast

2011 – 2014
2008 – 2010
Senior Lecturer in Journalism, School of Communication
Lecturer in Journalism, School of Communication

University of Queensland

2006 – 2008 Faculty Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Journalism and Communication
2002 – 2006 Sessional Tutor and Lecturer, School of Journalism and Communication


Die Woche in Australien German-Language newspaper (Sydney)

2001 – 2010 Section editor responsible for a variety of news sections of this weekly publication, incl. International News, News from Germany, Sport, News from Switzerland and Austria, Business and Finance section editor (part-time)
2000 – 2002 Queensland Correspondent (part-time)

Sunshine Coast Daily newspaper (Maroochydore)

2002 – 2003 Reporter (full-time)


University of the Sunshine Coast

Course Coordinator Introduction to JournalismNews Writing: Print and BroadcastAdvanced News ReportingResearch into Journalism

University of Queensland

Course Coordinator News and Mass Communication TheoryIntroduction to Journalism and CommunicationPrinciples and Practices of Editing
Lead Tutor Introduction to Journalism and Communication
Tutor Journalism in TextInternational Journalism and Mass CommunicationIntroduction to Journalism and CommunicationJournalism and SocietyNews and Mass Communication Theory

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