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Dr Aljosha Karim Schapals
Lecturer (Journalism)
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Communication
Discipline *
Communication and Media Studies, Journalism and Professional Writing
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PhD (City University, London)

Professional memberships
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Journalism Studies, Political Communication, Media and Democracy, Election Reporting (Brexit), Fake News

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Dr Aljosha Karim Schapals is a Lecturer in Journalism and Political Communication in the School of Communication of Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia, as well as a Research Associate in the Digital Media Research Centre (DMRC), where he is working on the three-year ARC Discovery Project “Journalism beyond the crisis”. He is the lead editor of “Digitizing Democracy”, a major edited collection in the field of political communication, published by Routledge in 2019.


Previously, he worked as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Journalism at City, University of London. Additionally, he has experience as a practising journalist working for the Financial Times as well as the German government organisation Federal Agency for Civic Education.


His research interests lie in the changes taking place in news production and consumption as a result of the internet, with a particular focus on social media and verification, algorithms and automation in contemporary news production as well as election reporting more broadly, with a particular focus on the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (‘Brexit’).

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Semester 1:


Newswriting (CJB101)


By adopting a hands-on newsroom approach and industry-based assessment, this unit provides a foundation for advanced and specialised professional journalistic reporting techniques. Professional journalists require such foundational knowledge and skills in order to practice in either traditional or evolving newsrooms.


Semester 2:


Journalistic Enquiry (CJB103)


This unit develops journalism skills and knowledge acquired in Newswriting – generating story ideas and finding angles, researching, conducting interviews, and exercising news values. It concentrates on newsgathering aspects and introduces students to basic elements of a regular journalist’s life such as news rounds and rigorous deadlines.


Political Communication (KCB302)


This unit provides an overview of the theory and professional practices of political and governmental communication, especially through the media and communications industries. The unit examines contemporary and historical political issues and communications in Australia and internationally from the perspectives of democratic theory, media influence, strategic image and issue management, and popular culture.

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For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.


Awards and recognition

Funding Award
Reference year
Short PDL: "Illuminating the Status Quo of Automated Journalism in German Newsrooms" (accepted for presentation at the Algorithmic News conference in Munich, to be taking place in May 2018).
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
Reviewer for International Journal of Communication (IJoC) based at USC Annenberg School of Communication, Los Angeles, USA.
Reviewer for an Academic Journal
Reference year
Reviewer for Journalism Studies
Funding Award
Reference year
Erasmus Mundus Scholarship for the MA Double Degree 'Journalism & Media within Globalisation: The European Perspective' based at City, University of London, UK.

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Journalism Beyond the Crisis: Emerging Forms, Practices and Uses
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CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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