Journalism, Media and Democracy Research Centre

Quality news media are a crucial element of functioning democracies, and regular analysis of them is particularly pertinent today. Media ecology is rapidly changing, and evolving news forms, technologies and economies are transforming communication practices among citizens, media, political leaders and democratic processes.

About the AUT Centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD)

The AUT Centre for Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) was established in 2010 to promote research and advance knowledge about the media and communication industries, news and journalism professional practices.

Research areas we focus on

  • Media and the public sphere
  • Political economy of media organisations
  • History of journalism and media
  • Journalism and democracy
  • Journalism and human rights
  • Journalism, law and ethics
  • Media and journalism in the digital age
  • Global media and communication

Governance and membership

The JMAD research centre is co-directed by Professor Wayne Hope and Dr Merja Myllylahti from the AUT School of Communication Studies. They are both members of the school’s Critical Media Studies department.

Research active members

Associated member

Postgraduate student

  • Saing Te

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Professor Wayne Hope and Dr Merja Myllylahti

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