Lecturer in Professional Communication (Early Career Development Fellow)
Dr. Thompson commenced as Lecturer in Professional Communication (Early Career Development Fellow) at RMIT in January 2020. Prior to this, he lectured in digital media writing and practice at the University of Melbourne and Victoria University.
Dr. Thompson's research asks what ethical online communication might look like in an era of digital hostility and disinformation, and how such communication can be cultivated? This research is based on the premise that digital hostility and disinformation (which are not mutually exclusive) pose a grave threat to digital citizenship and public safety. Dr. Thompson has also published widely on the politics and ethics of media controversies that have unfolded during the ongoing 'culture wars' in Australia.
Dr. Thompson's work has been published in journals such as Media International Australia, Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, Feminist Media Studies, Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, Sexualities, Sex Education, M/C Journal, TEXT, Screening the Past, and Journal of Australian Studies.
Dr. Thompson sits on the Executive Committee for the Cultural Studies Association of Australasia and the editorial board for Antithesis Journal. He is regularly invited to review manuscripts for journals and publishers.
In addition to his research on ethical online communication, Dr. Thompson is currently under contract to write two books.
The first of these is a co-authored (with Associate-Professor John Weldon, Victoria University) study on digital media pedagogy. This study is under contract with Springer Nature.
The second book project is a co-authored (with Professor Rob Cover (RMIT University) and Dr. Ashleigh Haw (University of Melbourne)) study of fake news. This book is under contract with Emerald Publishing.
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne (Conferred on 17 March, 2010)
- Bachelor of Arts (Honours), University of Melbourne (Conferred on 24 March, 2004)
Dr. Thompson has worked as a freelance journalist since 1998. His work has been published in a range of outlets, including ABC Religion & Ethics, Antic Magazine, Australian Book Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Herald Sun, Overland, Right Now, Stereo Stories, and The Weekend Australian.
Dr. Thompson has worked as a freelance editor, specialising in academic writing. He has delivered workshops on thesis writing and editing at the University of Melbourne and the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.
In 2020, Dr. Thompson provided regular commentary on news and current affairs for ABC Radio Perth. He has also been invited to speak on topics relating to his research for Pulse Radio Geelong and Triple J's The Hook Up.
- Thompson, J.,Muller, D. (2021). Freedom of speech is not freedom from ethics: the 2019 Israel Folau media controversy as a case study In: Media International Australia, 181, 87 - 102
- Thompson, J.,Cover, R. (2021). (In Press) Digital hostility, internet pile-ons and shaming: A case study In: Convergence, , 1 - 13
- Thompson, J. (2020). Your parents will read this: Reading (as) parents in journalistic coverage of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia controversy In: Journalism, 21, 1951 - 1964
- Thompson, J. (2020). “Home-wrecking whore”: Barnaby Joyce, Vikki Campion, journalism, and the gender politics of the media sex scandal In: Feminist Media Studies, 20, 1029 - 1042
- Thompson, J. (2020). Can trolling be taught? Educating journalism students to identify and manage trolling - an ethical necessity In: Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 17, 1 - 10
- Thompson, J. (2019). Predatory schools and student non-lives: a discourse analysis of the Safe Schools Coalition Australia controversy In: Sex Education, 19, 41 - 53
- Thompson, J. (2018). The country of sexualised children: Whiteness, innocence, and the “sexualisation of childhood” In: Journal of Australian Studies, 42, 285 - 296
- Thompson, J. (2018). Haunting sex? Capitalism as spectre in the Australian anti-‘sexualization of childhood’ rhetoric In: Continuum, 32, 698 - 708
- Thompson, J.,Reardon, E. (2017). "Mommy Killed Him": Gender, Family, and History in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) In: M/C Journal, 20, 1 - 3
- Thompson, J. (2016). Porn Suck-s: The Transformation of Germaine Greer In: M/C Journal: A Journal of Media and Culture, 19, 1 - 1
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