Comparative Communication Research

My personal interest in foreign cultures and how they are portrayed has been at the heart of my research into cross-cultural aspects of journalism and communication. Much of my work in general has included a comparative approach, with studies investigating differences in communication around the globe.

I am currently Vice-Chair of the Worlds of Journalism Study, led by Prof Thomas Hanitzsch at the University of Munich, which examines journalism cultures in more than 60 countries around the world. I have been an elected member of the Executive Committee, representing Oceania, since 2010, and have been responsible for data collection on Australian journalists. In 2013, this resulted in the largest representative survey of Australian journalists for more than 20 years. See the project website here.

I am also co-principal investigator (with Dr Claudia Mellado, Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile) of Journalism Students Across the Globe, a comparative study of journalism education in more than 30 countries. The website is here.

A key interest of mine lies in the influence of cultural values on public communication, with particular attention to journalism practices. Together with Levi Obijiofor (University of Queensland) I recently authored a book entitled Journalism Across Cultures: An Introduction, published by Palgrave Macmillan. The book integrates major theoretical approaches in cross-cultural journalism perspectives with practical contexts and takes a truly global and holistic approach by examining journalism on all continents.

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