Professor of Journalism and Social Media, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research and the Law Futures Centre, Griffith University

Professor Mark Pearson PhD is a journalist, author, educator and researcher. He is Professor of Journalism and Social Media at in the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science at Griffith University in Queensland, Australia. He is a member of the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research and the Law Futures Centre.

He is a former section editor of Australia’s national daily newspaper The Australian and has since produced freelance journalism for a range of publications, including The Australian, the Far Eastern Economic Review, the Wall Street Journal, the Otago Daily Times, and the Gold Coast Bulletin.

Professor Pearson’s fields of expertise are media and social media law and regulation, journalism ethics, media freedom and online journalism. He is co-author with Mark Polden of The Journalist's Guide to Media Law (5th ed, Allen and Unwin, 2015) and was sole author of the first three editions of that work in 1998, 2004 and 2007. He is author of Blogging and Tweeting Without Getting Sued (Allen & Unwin, 2012) and co-editor of Mindful Journalism and News Ethics in the Digital Era (with Shelton A. Gunaratne and Sugath Senarath, Routledge, NY, 2015).

He is a collaborative academic researcher working on a range of projects, including Reporting Islam, the impact of the law upon journalists, restrictions on reporting mental health matters, the interaction of journalists with vulnerable sources, censorship and the media, government spin, and the impact of new technologies on journalism. He tweets from @journlaw and blogs from


  • –present
    Professor of Journalism and Social Media, Griffith University


Life member of the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA).