The School of Journalism and Communication was disestablished on 31 December, 2014.

The work of the school continues within the new School of Communication and Arts. The information in this website is therefore out of date but retained for archival and staff purposes.


Senior Lecturer in Journalism and Communication
Undergraduate Program Director
Chair of Teaching and Learning Committee

Room 304, Level 3
Joyce Ackroyd Building (#37)

Contact Details
Phone: +61 7 3346 8234
Fax: +61 7 3346 8299

  • PhD (UQ)
  • BA [Hons] (UQ)
  • Dip Ed (UQ)
  • Grad Cert in Learning Technology (Griffith)
  • Cert IV Workplace Training & Assessment (NPIT)

Dr John Harrison brings several decades of professional practice in journalism and communication to his work at UQ. He has worked in print, radio and television as a journalist, editor and producer, and has won awards for his journalism.

John Harrison has a high level of expertise in the crafting of strategic messages for non-profit causes. He is one of the brains – along with burns surgeon Dr Michael Muller, and filmmaker Bruce Redman - behind the acclaimed “Don’t be a flamin’ fool” tv ad campaign for burns prevention. This campaign, funded by the Queensland Trauma Network, went to air in early 2010.

At UQ he teaches both journalism and professional communication, and has pioneered the use of service learning project teams in the communication program. An award winning university teacher, John Harrison is known and recognized for his innovative teaching practice, and for his teaching and research collaboration with colleagues in science, medicine and engineering.

His most recent book Brand-Aid: Brand Power at the heart of your business (co-authored with Allan Bonsall) is currently in press and due for publication in mid 2010.


Interested in studying for your PhD or MPhil?

Dr Harrison is currently taking expressions of interest from potential RHD candidates. Contact him here to register your interest.


Recent Research Outputs: 

2011. Allan Bonsall & John Harrison. Brand Aid: Brand power at the heart of your business. Delhi: B.Jain & Co.

Book Chapters in Press

2012. John Harrison & David Rooney. Knowledge and its integrity within a knowledge economy: Ethics and wise social research. In Kevin Love (Ed). Ethics inSocial Research, (Studies in Qualitative Methodology Vol 12). London: Emerald.

Journal Articles in Press

2012. John Harrison. Faith and belief in ‘The Land of the Holy Spirit’. Media Development.

2012. Hardy Ernst & John Harrison. Active mlearning opportunities offered by a prototype template of a new web-based SBLiTM interface for smart phones. International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation.
2012. John Harrison & Hardy Ernst. First year communication and physiology classes collaborate for iTunesU content creation. International Journal of the First Year in Higher Education.
2012. Hardy Ernst, John Harrison & Kay Colthorpe. Mobile learning materials as a "prompt" for participation in physiology practical classes. International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation.
Refereed Conference Presentations

2011. Hardy Ernst & John Harrison. The use of mobile learning to develop understanding of biomedical sciences. mlearn 2011: 1Oth World Conference at on Mobile and Contextual Learning Beijing, China, 18- 21 October 2011.

2011. John Harrison & Hardy Ernst. How content creation for iTunesU enhances the understanding of science in physiology and communication students.Blended Learning Innovation Exchange (BLIX), The University of Queensland. Thursday 16 June, 2011.
2011. Hardy Ernst & John Harrison. Interactive scenario-based learning on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for first year students in physiology using a smart phone delivery platform. HERD A 2011 conference Higher Education on the Edge. Griffith University. Gold Coast. July 4-7.
20l1 John Harrison & Hardy Ernst. How content creation for iTunesU enhances the understanding of science in physiology and communication students. HERDSA 2011 conference Higher Education on the Edge. Griffith University. Gold Coast. July 4-7.
2011. Michael Muller, Joel Dulhunty, Jennifer Paratz, John Harrison, Bruce Redman, Michael Rudd. Testing the Effectiveness of a Burn Prevention Campaign: "Don't Be A Flamin' Fool" Journal of Burn Care and Research 32(2), S 103. Presentation to the 43'd American Burns Association Annual Meeting, Chicago March 29-Aprll l, 2011. (IMPACT FACTOR I .62).

John Harrison. It ain't necessarily so: Robert Manne's essay misses the mark ABC Religion & Ethics Online. 19 September, 2011.

John Harrison. Nostalgia and the grand narrative. On Line Opinion. 21 November, 2011.
Research Interests: 

Current Grants (2007 - 2009) 

$181,000 grant from the Carrick Institute for the development of an approach to assessable student teamwork which aims to equip students with team working skills which make their learning more effective, diminishes the downsides of team working (such as social loafing and inequitable rewards for effort), and confers other academic and social benefits.
The project is jointly led by Dr John Harrison, School of Journalism and Communication, Dr Lydia Kavanagh, Senior Lecturer in Engineering, and Associate Professor David Neil, from Geography Sciences, Planning & Architecture. Five other Australian Universities are partners in the project: RMIT, UWA, Melbourne, USQ, UTS, and the Auckland University of Technology.


2005 SBS Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence: First Year Experience
2006 SBS Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence: Enhancement of Student Learning

Selected Publications:

2007. Hirst, M & Harrison J., Communication & New Media: Broadcast to Narrowcast. Oxford University Press: Melbourne.
2006 Bonsall, A & Harrison J. Brand-Aid. The Secrets of Consumer Speak. Estee Media: West End Qld.
2001. Harrison, J., et al. Ethics for Australian Business. Prentice Hall: Frenchs Forrest, NSW.
1986. Harrison, J. Baptism of Fire. Uniting Church Press: Melbourne.

Articles and Book Chapters:
2005. Harrison, J. “Appointed Public Officials and Public Relations Practice: Issues Of Accountability, Ethics And Professionalism in the 'Children Overboard' Affair”. Asia-Pacific Public Relations Journal 5(1) 1-19.
2005. Harrison, J. “Embedding learning communities through curriculum design in Journalism and Communication programs: Creating a community of practice through work-integrated learning in professional communication> Proceedings of the Effective Teaching & Learning Conference, Griffith University, 2004.
2004. Harrison, J, G Woolcock and S Scull. "Social Capital & the media". Australian Studies in Journalism 13: 8-33.
2004. Harrison, J. "Splits and quits: a news frame analysis of the 2003 gay clergy in the Uniting Church debate". Uniting Church Studies 10(2) 66-75
2004. Harrison, J. "Community Media: A third way for the fourth estate?" Australian Studies in Journalism 13: 1-7.
2004. Harrison, J. "A love affair with Latham". Australian Studies in Journalism 13: 164-187.
2004. Harrison, J. "Conflicts of duty and the virtues of Aristotle in public relations ethics: Continuing the conversation commenced by Monica Walle." Prism Online Public Relations Journal Issue 2.\
2003. Harrison, J. "Does the Torres Straits Pilot enlighten our frontier history?" Australian Studies in Journalism 12: 1-17
2003. Harrison, J. "Australie: un modele de fonctionnement a preserver." Dossiers de l'audiovisuel 108 pp. 22-24.
2003. Harrison, J. & Harrison D.J.  "Heritors of Calvin, Knox, Cromwell and Wesley." In William Emilsen (ed) The Uniting Church in Australia 1977-2002. Melbourne Publishing Group: Melbourne.
2002. Harrison, J.  "The Wired Island: Asian Values, Information Technology Infrastructure Policy and Internet Regulation in Singapore." In Charles Sampford, Suzanne Condlin, Margaret Palmer and Tom Round (eds) Asia Pacific Governance. From Crisis to Reform. Ashgate, Aldershot UK. pp 255-271.
2002. Breit, R., Harrison, J. Hirst, M., McLellan, T., and Bartlett, D. "Ethics in journalism and Cheryl Kernot: A colloquium." Australian Studies in Journalism 10/11, pp. 33-57.
2001. Harrison, J., and Xavier R., "The Tampering Trilogy: Exploring Ethical Considerations in Crisis Planning and Response." Asia-Pacific Public Relations Journal 3(1) pp. 21-34.
1990. Harrison, J. "Deathknocks: the media come to grief." In Henningham, J., (ed.), Issues in Australian Journalism. Longman Cheshire: Melbourne, pp. 81-88.
1988. Harrison, J. "The religious media in Australia." Australian Journalism Review, 10, pp. 52-57.
1986. Harrison, J. "Deathknocks. The media come to grief." Australian Journalism Review 8, pp. 4-7. Revised version published in Henningham 1990. 

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