Greg Treadwell

Senior Lecturer, Journalism

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 ext 7875



NZ Certificate in Journalism, 1981

BA (English), University of Auckland, 1992.

MA (English), University of Auckland, 1994

Certificate in Tertiary Teaching, 2007


Memberships and Affiliations:

Member, Journalism Education Association of New Zealand, 2006-

President, Journalism Education Association of New Zealand, 2013.

Member, Journalism Education Association of Australia, 2010-



Greg was born in Kenya in 1963 to nomadic professionals and lived there until 1969. He then grew up mostly in Vanuatu (then the New Hebrides), where he still has research interests in mainstream and social media. He trained as a journalist in the early 80s and over the years has worked variously at newspapers including the Otago Daily Times, the Whakatane Beacon and, most recently, as editor of Waiheke Island's award-winning  newspaper, Gulf News. He has a NZ Certificate in Journalism and an MA in New Zealand poetry. In 2005 he joined AUT as a journalism lecturer and was promoted to senior lecturer in 2009. In 2010 he won the university's prestigious Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a longstanding judge for the New Zealand Community Newspapers Association Better Newspapers Awards and has also judged the Canon Media Awards (Best News Website) and the Travcom travel photography awards.

Teaching Areas:

Journalism, new media journalism, news reporting, public affairs reporting, news photography, editing and design of newspapers and online news sites

Research Areas:

Journalism, new media, production journalism, freedom of information

Current Research Projects:

Poking a hornet's nest - a preliminary investigation into online style at NZ and Australian newspapers.

Freedom of information in NZ - ongoing doctoral research.


Treadwell, G. (1994). A painter’s eye: the poems of Ursula Bethell. MA thesis, University of Auckland, 1994.

Lee, A. & Treadwell, G. (2009). Newspaper Editing and Design: A Guide to Production Journalism. Auckland: Pearson Education.

Grundy, B., Hirst, M., Little, J., Hayes, M. & Treadwell, G. (2012). So you want to be a journalist?: unplugged. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

Treadwell, G. (2012). Media. In S. Shaw, A. Haxell & T Weblemoe (Eds.) , Communication across the lifespan (pp.197-211). Melbourne, Australia: Oxford University Press.

Hirst, M, & Treadwell, G. (2011). Blogs bother me. Journalism Practice 5(4).