Jay Daniel Thompson

Lecturer in Media and Communications, University of Melbourne

I currently lecture in digital media writing at the University of Melbourne and Victoria University. I have supervised Honours and PhD theses at the latter institution.

My research focuses strongly on writing for digital media (e.g. blogs, social media platforms, podcasts), media rhetoric, news reportage, the teaching of media writing, and gender and sexuality studies. My articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Sexualities, Sex Education, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, TEXT, M/C Journal, Screening the Past, and Journal of Australian Studies.

My research is also informed by my work as a freelance journalist. Since 1998, my writing has been published in outlets such as Australian Book Review, The Weekend Australian, Kill Your Darlings, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Right Now, Screen Education, Stereo Stories, The Spooky Isles, The Research Whisperer, and The Thesis Whisperer. I have written in a range of genres: op-eds, interviews, reviews, creative non-fiction, and fictocriticism.

Since February 2015, I have been Director of Jay's Academic Proofreading. I specialise in proofreading and editing academic material: theses (PhD, Masters, Honours), academic articles, book manuscripts. I also edit and proofread non-academic material. I undergo regular professional development on different aspects of the editing and publishing industries.

I am a member of the Australasian Association of Writing Programs, the Institute of Professional Editors Limited, the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia, the International Australian Studies Association, and the Association for Cultural Studies.

I can be contacted via email at jay.thompson@unimelb.edu.au or via phone on (+61) 0439 488 046.


  • 2017–present
    Teaching Associate, Monash University
  • 2016–present
    Sessional Lecturer, University of Melbourne
  • 2016–present
    Unit Coordinator, Research Supervisor, Subject Designer, Victoria University


  • 2009 
    University of Melbourne, PhD (Australian Literature)

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Association of Writing Programs
  • Association for Cultural Studies
  • Cultural Studies Association of Australasia
  • International Australian Studies Association
  • Institute of Professional Editors Limited