Journalism at UQ has particular strengths in communication and social change; political communication and discourse; media representations of ethnic minorities, refugees, Indigenous people and less privileged people; citizen journalism; media ethics; visual journalism and the impact of social media.
We are a distinguished group of scholars and high-level, experienced media practitioners, who bring intellectual rigor as well as hands-on-experience to our research. Our area is actively engaged in developing new knowledge and in applying this knowledge to real-world situations, which makes our academics outstanding teachers and researchers.
Research in the affiliated Centre for Communication and Social Change (CSC) adds depth to our research priorities and enables the investigation of communication processes, techniques and media to facilitate social, economic and technological development. The underpinning philosophy of CSC is that communication is not simply about transferring information and sending messages, but rather about listening, responding to, and helping people give direction to their own change, and supporting enabling environments for this change to take place.
Journalism maintains strong industry links particularly with the ABC, Cole Lawson, Feehan Communications, Senioragency Australia, Woodridge State High School, ACCESS Logan, Queensland Media Club, and Brisbane Writer's Festival.
Our distinguished scholars have been recognised with various awards including:
- John Harrison - 2010 APRA award for excellence in journalism;
- Bruce Woolley - 2004 Northlands Park Endowment Award from Canada’s Athabasca University, 1996 silver medal for World's Best News Magazine; 1993 Best of the Festival Grand Award and a Gold Medal at the New York Festivals; 1978 Paul Tonkin Award from the AJA and the ABC;