Greg Treadwell

Senior Lecturer, Communication Studies (Journalism)

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 extn 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-
  • Member, Journalism Media and Democracy Research Centre (JMAD), AUT, 2012-


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:

  • News reporting
  • Investigative journalism
  • Feature writing
  • Photojournalism
  • Newsroom practice
  • Media ethics
  • Production journalism
  • Social media
  • Transmedia journalism

Research Areas:

  • Journalism
  • Journalism education
  • Freedom of information
  • Journalism and democracy

Research Summary:

Greg’s research is centred on the interface between the political world and journalism practice, particularly the rights to information on which public-interest journalism relies. He also has interests in the teaching and scholarship of journalism in general.

Current Research Projects:

Greg is completing his doctorate, which is focussed on freedom of information as a presumptive right for journalists in Aotearoa New Zealand.


  • Treadwell, G. (2017). Political journalism and two-sided transparency. In Rupar, V. (Ed.) Themes and critical debates in contemporary journalism, 49–66. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Moring T, Zilliacus K, Rupar V, Treadwell G, Jørgensen A, Larsen I, Munk I, Matheson D. (2017). Global interaction as a learning path towards inclusive journalism. Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies 6(3), 485–506.
  • Treadwell, G. (2016). FOI scholarship reflects a return to secrecy. Pacific Journalism Review, 22(1), 121–136 .
  • Treadwell G, Ross T, Lee A, Lowenstein JK. (2016). A numbers game: Two case studies in teaching data journalism. Journalism and Mass Communication Educator 71(3), 297–308.
  • Hollings, J. & Treadwell, G. (2015). An increasingly secret paradise. In Felle, T., Mair, J. (Eds.), FOI 10 years on: Freedom fighting or lazy journalism, 233–242.
  • Hannis G., Lee A., Riddle C., Strong C, Treadwell G. (2014). Understanding journalism. In Hannis, G. (Ed.) Intro: A beginner's guide to journalism in 21st-century Aotearoa/New Zealand, 1–16. Wellington, NZ: NZ Journalists Training Organisation/Massey University Press.
  • Treadwell, G. (2014). News photography. In Hannis, G. (Ed.) Intro: A beginner's guide to journalism in 21st-century Aotearoa/New Zealand, 234–252. Wellington, NZ: NZ Journalists Training Organisation/Massey University Press.
  • 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).
  • Lee, A. & Treadwell, G. (2009). Newspaper Editing and Design: A Guide to Production Journalism. Auckland, NZ: Pearson Education.
  • Treadwell, G. (1994). A painter’s eye: the poems of Ursula Bethell. MA thesis, University of Auckland, 1994.


  • AUT Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2009