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Mark Pearson

Media law commentator

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Dr Mark Pearson is professor of journalism and social media at Griffith University following a long tenure at Bond University, Queensland, Australia.

He is also Australian correspondent for Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders).

Professor Pearson has combined careers in teaching and journalism. He was special reports editor of The Australian newspaper and his work has been published in the Wall Street Journal, Far Eastern Economic Review, the Otago Daily Times, the Howick and Pakuranga Times, The Fiji Times, the Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers Association Bulletin and

Over the past two decades Professor Pearson has been involved with Pacific journalism at several levels.

As author of The Journalist’s Guide to Media Law (4th edition with Mark Polden, Allen & Unwin, 2011), he has conducted several media law training sessions for Pacific journalists in Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Tonga and Samoa. He has also chaired course reviews of journalism programmes at the University of the South Pacific and Massey University.

Professor Pearson is on the editorial board for the Pacific Journalism Review and the Australian Journalism Review and has had numerous articles and reviews published there.

He has presented papers at conferences throughout the region, including Fiji, Vanuatu, Australia and New Zealand and on Pacific journalism topics at the University of Oxford’s Centre for Socio-Legal Studies.

While Professor Pearson’s research interests have spanned the broad fields of journalism education and new communication technologies, his main passion and focus is on journalism and new media law.

He writes a blog at

Staff profile at Griffith University