Associate Professor Jane Johnston

Associate Professor

School of Communication and Arts
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+61 7 334 68291


Associate Professor Jane Johnston’s research extends across critical public relations, communication and justice, and media diversity and change. She has published widely about the interface between courts and the media, most recently examining how social media has impacted on communication practice in this space. Her most recent research investigates critical intersections in public relations, with publications including Public Relations and the Public Interest (Routledge 2016) and a chapter in Critical Perspectives in Public Relations (Routledge 2016). She is the author/(co)editor of two successful public relations books which have both been published in multiple editions: Public Relations: Theory and Practice (co-edited first with Clara Zawawi, then Mark Sheehan); and Media Relations: Issues and Strategies. Johnston sits on several journal editorial boards and is a regular contributor to the news media.

Other External Grants:

Jury Duty Public Awareness Campaign, (2015), Commissioned by the Queensland Department of Justice and Queensland Courts, January 2015-June 2015. ($31,000).

Social media and Juries, (2013), Report commissioned by the Victorian Attorney General on behalf of the Standing Council on Law and Justice, by Johnston, J., Keyzer, P., Holland, G. Pearson, M., Wallace, A. & Rodrick, S. ($20,000).

Other Books (edited):

Johnston, J. & Zawawi, C. (eds.) (three editions 2000, 2004, 2009), Public Relations: Theory and Practice, Allen & Unwin, Sydney

Johnston, J. & Sheehan, M. (eds.) (2014) Public Relations: Theory and Practice, Allen & Unwin, Sydney


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Johnston, Jane (2016). Public relations, the postcolonial other and the issue of asylum seekers. In Jacquie L'Etang, David McKie, Nancy Snow and Jordi Xifra (Ed.), The Routledge handbook of critical public relations (pp. 130-141) Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Forde, Susan and Johnston, Jane (2014). Australian Associated Press. In Bridget Griffin-Foley (Ed.), A companion to the Australian Media (pp. 39-40) Melbourne: Australian Scholarly Publishing.

  • Johnston, Jane (2013). Working with PR industry. In Stephen Tanner and Nick Richardson (Ed.), Journalism Research and Investigation in a Digital World (pp. 151-165) Melbourne, VIC, Australia: Oxford.

  • Johnston, Jane (2012). Courts' new visibility 2.0. In Patrick Keyzer, Jane Johnston and Mark Pearson (Ed.), The Courts and the media: challenges in the era of digital and social media (pp. 41-54) Braddon, ACT, Australia: Halstead Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Johnston, Jane and Breit, Rhonda A.W. (2009). Constructing legal narratives: law, language and the media. In: Communication, Creativity and Global Citizenship. Australian & New Zealand Communication Association Annual Conference, 2007: Communications, Civics, Industry, Brisbane, QLD, Austalia, (135-155). 8-10 July 2009.

  • Breit, Rhonda A. W. and Johnston, J. (2008). Newspapers and courts: Developing a typology of court reporting. In: Proceedings of the Comparative Journalism Conference. Comparative Journalism Conference, Hobart, Australia, (). 25-27 June, 2008.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

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  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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