Lecturer and Program Manager, Professional Communication program
Dr. Jay Daniel Thompson is Lecturer and Program Manager in the Professional Communication program. His research asks what 'ethical online communication' might look like, and how this might assist in mitigating digital hostility and networked disinformation. This research has focused on journalism, social media influencers and meme cultures. Dr Thompson has published on these topics in Q1 (Scimago index) journals such as Convergence, Feminist Media Studies, International Journal of Cultural Studies, Media International Australia, Journalism, Journal of Sociology and Continuum.
Dr. Thompson is the co-author of two books, both published in 2022: Fake News in Digital Cultures (Emerald Publishing; co-authored with Professor Rob Cover and Dr. Ashleigh Haw); and Content Production for Digital Media (Springer Nature; co-authored with Associate Professor John Weldon). He is currently working on a sole-authored monograph about the ethics of journalistic reportage on conspiracy actors.
Dr. Thompson is happy to provide media commentary on the following topics: Digital media communication, online disinformation and misinformation, digital hostility, media ethics. He may be contacted via the email address or phone number listed above.
- 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.
He has also been invited to speak on topics relating to his research for Pulse Radio Geelong, Triple J's The Hook Up, The Guardian, and The New Daily.
- Thompson, J. (2023). Public health pedagogy and digital misinformation: Health professional influencers and the politics of expertise In: Journal of Sociology, 59, 646 - 663
- Thompson, J. (2023). Body of evidence: conspiracy, masculinity and otherness in ‘QAnon shaman’ meme discourses In: Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies, , 1 - 13
- Thompson, J. (2023). Representing Online Hostility against Women: Ethics and Wellbeing In: M/C Journal, 26, 1 - 9
- Thompson, J.,Cover, R. (2022). Digital hostility, internet pile-ons and shaming: A case study In: Convergence, 28, 1770 - 1782
- Thompson, J.,Weldon, J. (2022). Content Production for Digital Media, Springer, Singapore
- Cover, R.,Haw, A.,Thompson, J. (2022). Fake News in Digital Cultures: Technology, Populism and Digital Misinformation, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, United Kingdom
- Thompson, J. (2022). Troll Hunting, Ginger Gorman (2019) - Toxicity and Trolling In: Toxic Cultures: A Companion, International Academic Publishers, New York, United States
- Cover, R.,Haw, A.,Thompson, J. (2022). Remedying disinformation and fake news? The cultural frameworks of fake news crisis responses and solution-seeking In: International Journal of Cultural Studies, 26, 216 - 233
- Cover, R.,Thompson, J.,Haw, A. (2022). The Spectre of Populist Leadership: QAnon, Emergent Formations, and Digital Community In: Media and Communication, 10, 118 - 128
- 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
3 PhD Current Supervisions
- Addressing Online Hostility in Australian Digital Cultures. Funded by: ARC-Discovery Projects from (2023 to 2026)
- Digital citizenship and ethical journalistic representations of online hostility directed at women and girls. Funded by: Herbert and Valmae Freilich Early Career Research Small Grant administered by Au from (2023 to 2024)