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Associate Professor Stephen Harrington
Associate Professor
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Communication
Discipline *
Communication and Media Studies, Journalism and Professional Writing
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Doctor of Philosophy, CIF (Queensland University of Technology), B. of Creative Industries (Honours) (Queensland University of Technology)

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


Stephen Harrington is an Associate Professor and head of Journalism and Professional Communication in the Creative Industries Faculty at QUT. A member of the Digital Media Research Centre, his work focuses on popular media (and satire in particular) as evolving forms of journalism practice, and understanding how these contemporary innovations shape and affect the relationships between ordinary citizens and politics.

He is author of Australian TV News: New Forms, Functions, and Futures (Intellect, 2013), editor of Entertainment Values: How Do We Assess Entertainment, and Why Does it Matter? (Palgrave, 2017), and co-Author of Politics, Media and Democracy in Australia: Public and Producer Perceptions of the Political Public Sphere (Routledge, 2017). He also writes regularly about the media, politics and popular culture in non-academic outlets, having done so for publications such as The Punch (News Ltd. opinion site), The Conversation, the ABC’s The DrumCrikey!, and Pedestrian.

Stephen is a former Chair (2016-2018) of the International Communication Association (ICA) Popular Communication division, and is a member of the editorial board of Journalism Studies.

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Stephen has taught extensively into the Journalism, Media and Communication undergraduate program for more than a decade, and has pioneered new approaches to teaching and learning in that time.

This information has been contributed by Associate Professor Stephen Harrington.


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

Research projects

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

Politics, media and democracy in Australia: public and producer perceptions of the political public sphere
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CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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public sphere; citizenship; journalism