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Tai Neilson is a Senior Lecturer in Media at Macquarie University. He is the author of Journalism and Digital Labor: Experiences of Online News Production and co-edited Research Methods for the Digital Humanities.

Dr Neilson’s areas of expertise include journalism, the political economy of digital media, and critical cultural theory. His current research investigates journalists’ work practices, professional ideologies, and the power relations that impact their work. This includes critical approaches to the digital platforms, data collection, and new modes of capital accumulation that are shaping media work. He is interested in pressing questions about our online lives, work, and our environment.

Dr Neilson has published work on journalism and digital media in Digital Journalism, Media International Australia, JournalismTriple-C, Fast Capitalism, and Global Media Journal. He teaches classes on media, technology, and news production. Dr. Neilson earned his PhD in cultural studies from George Mason University in Virginia and has an MA in sociology from the New School for Social Research in New York, and a BA (honours) in sociology and media studies from Victoria University of Wellington.

Dr Neilson is interested in supervising higher degree research in the areas of journalism, digital media, political economy, and critical theory.

Supervision (completed)

Kara Ortiga (MRes), #DefendPressFreedom: Journalists’ use of Instagram in news reporting under Duterte’s populist administration in the Philippines (2021).

Supervision (in progress)

Petra Petruccio (PhD), Algorithmic News Curation in Social Media – The dependency of Local/Regional Newspapers on Platforms and their Consequences. Co-supervised with Prof. Dr. Katharina Kleinen-von Königslöw (Universität Hamburg) and Christian Stöcker HAW Hamburg.

Kara Ortiga (PhD), Not a bot: examining audiences’ entanglement with disinformation.


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