Associate Professor Verica Rupar

Associate Head of School, Research
Co-Director, Journalism, Media and Democracy Research Centre (JMAD)

Phone: +64 9 921 9999 extn 6407


Postal Address:

School of Communication Studies
AUT University
Private Bag 92006
Auckland 1142
New Zealand



  • PhD, The University of Waikato, Political Science Department, Hamilton, New Zealand
  • BA (Hons), Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies (Associate Editor)
  • Kotuitui: New Zealand Journal of Sociology (Associate Editor)
  • Journalism Studies (Member of the Editorial Board)
  • Journalism Education (Member of the Editorial Board)
  • Media International Australia (Editorial Advisor)

Reviewer for:

  • International Journal of Press/Politics
  • Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly
  • Journalism Studies
  • Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism
  • Journalism Practice
  • Feminist Studies
  • Media History
  • Prism
  • Geoforum
  • Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies
  • Journal of Public Relations Research
  • MEDIANZ Media Studies Journal of Aoteraoa New Zealand
  • Routledge, Sage Publication


  • World Journalism Education Council - Steering Committee
  • International Communication Association (ICA)
  • New Zealand Association of Journalism Educators
  • Research Committee, AUT School of Communication Studies
  • Postgraduate Committee, AUT School of Communication Studies


Verica has written on media, politics and journalism in historical and comparative contexts. Her publications include Journalism: Themes and Critical Debates (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017), Getting the facts right: reporting ethnicity and religion (IFJ, 2012), Scooped: Politics and power of journalism in Aoteraoa New Zealand (co-edited with Sean Phelan and Martin Hirst, AUT Media 2012) and Journalism and meaning-making (Hampton Press, 2010). She has worked previously as a journalist in Serbia, Slovenia and Hungary, and taught journalism in New Zealand, Serbia, Australia and the UK.

Teaching Areas:

Courses and areas of supervision

  • Applied media ethics
  • Journalism ethics
  • Media and politics
  • Public affairs reporting
  • Information gathering and analysis
  • Authors studies in journalism
  • Foreign news reporting
  • Comparative journalism studies
  • Investigative journalism
  • Media, society and politics

Research Areas:

Verica’s research interests are in comparative journalism studies focusing on journalism as a form of knowledge production and engaging empirically and conceptually with journalism practice and its contribution to democratic society. She has researched and written on the epistemology of journalism, journalism in transition countries, the development of journalism form and style in historical contexts, excellence in journalism, media and diversity, inclusive journalism and on the intersections between journalism, politics, culture and society.

Current Research Projects:

  • Global journalism ethics
  • Media and terrorism
  • Inclusive journalism



  • 2018, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Communication Studies and Journalism, Charles University, Prague (September 2018 – February 2019)
  • 2018, Invited member, Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) Peer Review Panel ‘Social Sciences and Other Cultural/Social Studies’ 
  • 2016, DCT Faculty Research Award for contribution to meeting University and Faculty goals to build research activity, quality and profile
  • 2016, Auckland University of Technology, DCT SRIF grant for AUT Media Observatory: News, politics and diversity in the 2016 New Zealand Local Body Elections
  • 2015, UNESCO grant for 2016 World Journalism Education Congress
  • 2014, “News, politics and diversity in 2014 New Zealand General Election” - DCT Grant
  • 2014, AUT bid to host the 2016 World Journalism Education Congress – Tourism NZ Grant
  • 2014, Faculty Research Award, Dean’s Award for Research Excellence
  • 2014, New Zealand Business Events Award for ‘raising New Zealand’s international profile, encouraging knowledge transfer and generating opportunities for trade and investment’
  • 2013, Inclusive Journalism Initiative: Reporting Europe, Asia and Pacific – international project funded by the European Union and Education New Zealand; Project leader
  • 2011, Ethical Journalism Initiative: A Campaign to Fight Discrimination through Freedom of Expression and the Highest Professional Standards of Journalism. Funded by the European Commission, commissioned by MDI Principal investigator