BA, DipEd, MLitt, LLM, PhD
Professor of Journalism and Social Media, School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science
- Media law and ethics
- Social media law and risk management
- Social media literacy
- Journalism education and research
Current teaching areas
- Media Law
Professor Pearson blogs from journlaw.com and tweets from @journlaw
Books and monographs
- Keyzer, P., Johnston, J. and Pearson, M. (eds) (2012) Courts and the Media: Challenges in the Era of Digital and Social Media. Halstead Press, Sydney
- Pearson, M. (2012) Blogging and Tweeting Without Getting Sued – A global guide to the law for anyone writing online. Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
- Pearson, M. and Polden, M. (2011). The Journalist’s Guide to Media Law. (4th ed). Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
- Grenby, M., Kasinger, M., Patching, R. and Pearson, M. (2009). Girls, girls, girls. A study of the popularity of journalism as a career among female teenagers and its corresponding lack of appeal to young males. Australian Journalism Monographs (PDF 283k), vol 11: Centre for Public Culture and Ideas, Griffith University.
- Pearson, M., & Patching, R. (2008). Government media relations: A 'spin' through the literature (MS #1243). 40,000 word monograph Retrieved July 17, 2008.
- Pearson, M. (2007) The Journalist’s Guide to Media Law. Dealing with legal and ethical issues. Third Edition. Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
- Pearson, M. (2004) The Journalist’s Guide to Media Law. Dealing with legal and ethical issues. 2nd Edition. Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
- Pearson, M. (2002) Press Laws. A guide for Tongan journalists. AusAID Pacific Media Initiative, Melbourne. (52pp.)
- Brand, J. and Pearson, M. (eds). (2001) Sources of news and current affairs. Australian Broadcasting Authority, Canberra. (410pp).
- Mark Pearson and Jane Johnston (1998) Breaking into Journalism in Australia and New Zealand. Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
- Pearson, M. (1997) The Journalist's Guide to Media Law. Allen and Unwin, Sydney.
- (2012) ‘Mental illness, the law and the news media: competing rights and interests’ in Keyzer, P., Johnston, J. and Pearson, M. (eds) Courts and the Media: Challenges in the Era of Digital and Social Media. Halstead Press, Sydney.
- (2010, with Kerry Green, Stephen Tanner & Jolyon Sykes). Researching Journalists and Vulnerable Sources – Issues in the Design and Implementation of a National Study, In Pasadeos, Y. (ed) (2010) Advances in Communication and Mass Media Research. Athens: ATINER. pp. 87-96.
- (2009, with Roger Patching). Censorship through spin. How democratic governments attempt to control the media, with a focus on Australia. In Indrajit Banerjee & Sundeep R Muppidi (eds). Changing Media, Changing Societies. Media and Millennium Development Goals. Singapore: Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC).
- (2006, with Jack Herman). ‘Chapter 9: Press law and practice’, in Australian Press Council, State of the News Print Media in Australia. Australian Press Council, Sydney.
- (2002) ‘The legal process’, in Tanner, Stephen (ed), Journalism. Investigation and Research. Pearson Education Australia, Sydney.
- (2001) Pearson, M. and Brand, J. ‘Stage 1: The Industry’, in Brand, J. and Pearson, M. (eds). M. Sources of news and current affairs. Australian Broadcasting Authority, Canberra. (pp. 1-258).
- (2001) ‘A question of legality’, in Tapsell, Suellen and Carolyn Varley, Journalism theory in practice. Oxford University Press, South Melbourne.
Refereed journal articles since 2007
- Pearson, M. (2012). The media regulation debate in a democracy lacking a free expression guarantee. Pacific Journalism Review, 18 (2): 89-101.
- Pearson, Mark (2012, May). Behind the rankings of Pacific nations in the 2011-12 World Press Freedom Index. Pacific Journalism Review, 18 (1): 172-179.
- Pearson, Mark. (July, 2011). A poor fit for journalism research. Australian Journalism Review, 33 (1): 25-27.
- Pearson, Mark and Jasmine Griffiths (2011, July) From shorthand to cyberspace: Journalists’ interview records as evidence. Media & Arts Law Review, 16 (2), 144-160
- Pearson, Mark (2011, May). Mental illness, journalism investigation and the law (PDF 600k). Pacific Journalism Review, 17 (1), 90-101.
- Pearson, Mark and Hamish McLean (2010). Quantifying government media relations in Queensland (PDF 308k). Public Communication Review, 1 (2)
- Pearson, Mark and Roger Patching (2010). Multimedia journalism as a research method – a new approach. Published proceedings of the 19th AMIC Annual Conference: Technology and Culture: Communication Connectors and Dividers, Suntec City, Singapore, June 21-23 2010. (Refereed paper published on CD-ROM).
- Pearson, Mark and Caroline Graham (2010, July). Suppression orders: reskilling journalists and the judiciary. Australian Journalism Review, 32 (1), 97-114.
- Pearson, Mark. (2009, October) A comparison of teenage views on journalism as a a career in Australia and New Zealand. Pacific Journalism Review, 15 (2), 191-203.
- Johnston, J., & Pearson, M. (2008, October). Australia’s media climate: Time to renegotiate control. Pacific Journalism Review, 14(2), 72-88.
- Pearson, M. (2008, April). Scandalising media freedom: Resurrection of an ancient contempt. Pacific Journalism Review, 14(1), 64-78.
- Pearson, Mark and Camille Galvin (September, 2007). The Australian Parliament and press freedom in an international context. Pacific Journalism Review 13 (2), pp. 127-141.
- Pearson, Mark (2007, July). A review of Australia’s defamation reforms after a year of operation. Australian Journalism Review 29 (1).
Freelance journalism since 2007
- (2012, November). ‘Torts, Tweets and Social Media Traps, Walkley Magazine, Issue 73, p. 46.
- (2012, September 3, with Jane Johnston). ‘Pitfalls in social media laws cover what you say online’, Gold Coast Bulletin, p. 13.
- (2012, Autumn), ‘Blogging from AEJMC special session’, Clio Among The Media – Newsletter of the History Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, vol. 47, no. 1, p. 13.
- (2012, September 3). ‘We all must learn from the Dawson saga’. The Australian Media section, p. 24.
- (2012, June 4). ‘Word is there for all to see’, Gold Coast Bulletin, p. 33.
- (2012, May 3). 'Privacy on parade', in MEAA, Kicking at the Cornerstone of Democracy – the State of Press Freedom in Australia 2012. Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance, Redfern: pp 44-45.
- (2012, April 28-29). ‘Media twitters as Murdoch fronts Leveson’, The Weekend Australian, p. 21.
- (2012, March 5, with 6 others). ‘Freedom of speech and public benefit must be upheld’, The Australian, p. 25.
- (2012, March 5). ‘Media Inquiry: Be Careful What you Wish For’ ABC The Drum Opinion.
- (2012, February 10). ‘Explaining Australia’s fall in the RSF World Press Freedom Index’. On Line Opinion
- (2011, December 22). ‘Media Regulation Made Simple’ ABC The Drum Opinion
- (2011, February 11). ‘The twelephant in the room. Anti-social media at a journalism conference.’ Pacific Media Centre, AUT.
- (2011, February 9). ‘An antisocial media’ Newspaper Publishers’ Association, PANPA.
- (2010, December 3). Why editors rarely sue for defamation. Crikey.
- (2010, July). ‘Insight into history and meaning.’ Review of The Routledge companion to news and journalism. Australian Journalism Review 32(1): 121-2.
- (2010). ‘National security isn’t always in the national interest’, in Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (2010). Progress under liberty. The state of press freedom in Australia 2010. p. 24.
- (2009, May 11). ‘Proposal for Press Council revamp’. The Australian. pp. 35-36.
- (2009, March 20). ‘Counting cost of the wages of spin’. The Australian, p.6.
- (2008, December 1). ‘Publish and be damned a reality for Australian writer’, The Australian, p. 35.
- Australian correspondent for Reporters Without Borders
- Chief Investigator on collaborative Australian Research Council (ARC) $92,000 Linkage grant project (with four others) 2009-2011 ‘Vulnerability and the new media: Investigating print media coverage of groups deemed to be vulnerable in Australian society and the media’s understanding of their status’.
- Australian Broadcasting Authority 2001 — $110,000 awarded to Professors Mark Pearson and Jeffrey Brand of the Centre for New Media Research and Education to investigate and report upon sources of news and current affairs in Australia.
- Positive Ageing Foundation of Australia 2002 – $25,000 grant for establishment of website on ageing and the media
- Awarded $5000 in 2011 by the Mindframe National Media Initiative to document the restrictions on the media in reporting mental health tribunal matters across the eight state and territory jurisdictions and provide analysis on the implications of this for journalists’ practice in reporting crimes involving ‘involuntary mental health consumers’.
- Journalism Education Association, Australia (life member)
- Association of Educators in Journalism and Mass Communication
- Asian Media Information and Communication Centre
- International Media Lawyers Association
- Amnesty International