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About Mark Pearson

BA, Dip Ed (Syd)
MLitt (UNE)
LLM (Bond)
Professor Mark Pearson PhD is a journalist, author, educator and researcher. He is Professor of Journalism and Social Media at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia.
He is a former section editor of Australia’s national daily newspaper The Australian and has since produced freelance journalism for a range of publications, including The Australian, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Wall Street Journal, the Otago Daily Times, and the Gold Coast Bulletin.
He is Australian correspondent for Reporters Sans Frontières, for whom he contributes material for the World Press Freedom Index, annual reports and releases on media freedom matters. Professor Pearson’s fields of expertise are journalism practice, press freedom, media law and online journalism. He is co-author with Mark Polden of The Journalist's Guide to Media Law (4th ed, Allen and Unwin, 2011) and was sole author of the first three editions of that work in 1998, 2004 and 2007. He has conducted media law training for Fairfax Media, APN News and Media, Australian Associated Press, and the Commonwealth Press Union.
In 2005 Professor Pearson was awarded the Australian Press Council’s inaugural research grant which he used to investigate the rise of privacy at the expense of press freedom and to explore solutions for the news media.
From 2001-2002 he was Editor of the Australian Journalism Review, the primary journal for journalism education in Australasia.
He is co-author with Jane Johnston of Breaking Into Journalism - Your guide to a career in journalism in Australia and New Zealand (Allen and Unwin, 1998) and co-author with Jeff Brand of the Australian Broadcasting Authority’s Sources of News and Current Affairs Project (ABA, 2001).
He is a collaborative academic researcher working on a range of projects, including the impact of the law upon journalists, restrictions on reporting mental health matters, the interaction of journalists with vulnerable sources, censorship and the media, government spin, and the impact of new technologies on journalism. He tweets from @journlaw and blogs from


Present Professor of Journalism and Social Media, School of Humanities, Griffith University


Research Interests

Media Law, Social media law, and Journalism

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Twitter: @journlaw

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