Associate Professor Verica Rupar

Phone: +64 9 9219999 ext.6407


Postal Address:

School of Communication Studies

AUT University

Private Bag 92006

Auckland 1142

New Zealand


The University of Waikato – Political Science Department, Hamilton, New Zealand.

BA (Hons)
Faculty of Political Science, University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia

Memberships and Affiliations:

Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies (Associate Editor)

Journalism Studies (Member of the Editorial Board)

Journalism Education  (Member of the Editorial Board)

Media International Australia (Editorial Advisor)

Reviewer for: International Journal of Press/PoliticsJournalism & Mass Communication Quarterly, Journalism Studies,  Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Journalism Practice, Feminist StudiesMedia HistoryPrismGeoforum , Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies, Journal of Public Relations Research, MEDIANZ Media Studies Journal of Aoteraoa New Zealand; Routledge, Sage Publication


World Journalism Education Council- Steering Committee

International Communication Association (ICA)

New Zealand Association of Journalism Educators

Research Committee, AUT School of Communication Studies

Postgraduate Committee, AUT School of Communication Studies



Verica joined the AUT in 2013. She has been involved in number of international projects on media and politics In Europe, north of Africa and Asia Pacific. Verica has been the European research coordinator for the EC funded project “Ethical journalism initiative: A Campaign to fight racism and discrimination through freedom of expression and the highest professional standards of journalism” and the project leader for the EU funded “Inclusive journalism Initiative: reporting Europe and Asia Pacific”. Her publications include Journalism and meaning-making (Hampton Press, 2010), Scooped: Politics and power of journalism in Aoteraoa New Zealand (co-edited with Sean Phelan and Martin Hirst, AUT Media 2012), Getting the facts right: reporting ethnicity and religion (IFJ, 2012) and Journalism: Themes and Critical Debates (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2017). She has written on media, politics and journalism in historical and comparative contexts. She has worked previously as a journalist in Serbia, Slovenia and Hungary, and taught journalism in New Zealand, Serbia, Australia and the UK.

Teaching Areas:


Applied Media Ethics

Journalism III: Depth, Speciality and Data

Media and Politics

Journalism, Law and Ethics

Principles of Journalism

Public Affairs Reporting
Information Gathering and Analysis

Great Journalists

Foreign News Reporting

Comparative Journalism Studies

Investigative Journalism

Media, Society and Politics


Research Areas:

Verica’s teaching and research interests are in comparative journalism studies focusing on journalism as a form of knowledge production and engaging empirically and conceptually with journalism practice and its contribution to democratic society. 

She has researched and written on the epistemology of journalism, journalism in transition countries, the development of journalism form and style in historical contexts, excellence in journalism, media and diversity, inclusive journalism and on the intersections between journalism, politics, culture and society.

Current Research Projects:

Media and social resilience

Journalists' use of Twitter 

Inclusive journalism


(2018) What kind of country we want for our children: an analysis of media coverage of the 2017 New Zealand General Election, Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences Online, (co-authored with Keri Mills  and Carlo Berti)

(2017) Ethics and professional orientation ofd Serbian journalists. Communication and Media 40.  Pp.5-36

(2017). Themes and Critical Debates in Contemporary Journalism, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (Editor)

(2017). Detachment: Moving the boundaries of civic discourse. In Rupar, V. (ed). Themes and Critical Debates in Contemporary Journalism, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Pp.35-45

(2017). Introduction. In Rupar, V. (ed). Themes and Critical Debates in Contemporary Journalism, Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Pp.1-5.

(2017). Diversity in Reporting? A Study of the News coverage of the 2016 New Zealand Local Body Elections. Co-authored with Baker,s., Craig, V., Devadas, V. Owen.T., Myllylahti, M.,  Berti, C. MEDIANZ, Media Studies Journal of Aoteraoa New Zealand 17.1.

(2017). Inclusive journalism: How to shed light on voices traditionally left out in news coverage. Editor, special issue of the Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies, 6(3)

(2017). Global interaction as a learning path towards inclusive journalism. Co-authored with  

Tom Moring Asbjørn Slot Jørgensen Inger K. Larsen Donald Matheson Inger Munk Greg Treadwell Kim Zilliacus.  Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies, 6.3.

(2016). Identity and integrity in journalism education worldwide. Co-editor, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator.

 (2016). Perception of ethical principles among journalism students in different countries (co-presenters Halliki Harro-Loit and Folker Hanusch), 4th World Journalism Education Congress, Auckland, AUT 14-16 July.

(2016). Inclusive journalism between idealism and realism. Invited research talk. Sun Yat-sen University, China. November 18.

(2015). “Diversity, Inclusivity, and the News: Coverage of the 2014 New Zealand General Election”. Media Studies Journal of Aoteraoa New Zealand 15:20 (co-authored with Thomas Owen and Sarah Baker)

(2015). AUT Media Observatory. News, politics and diversity in the 2014 New Zealand general Election. Available here.

(2015) Global interaction as a learning path towards inclusive journalism (co-authored with Donald Matheson) . JEANZ conference, Massey University 17-18 December

(2015). Journalism and shadow public.  Inclusive journalism seminar and workshop. Sámi University College, Guovdageaidnu/Kautokeino, Norway, 2-3 November

(2015). Inclusive journalism. Teacher seminar at DJMX Aarhus. Aarhus, Denmark October 26

(2015). Invited panelist at the UNDP media event “Getting the Facts Right: Challenges of Journalistic Reporting at Times of Social Polarization and Conflict” in Beirut, Lebanon, October 1. 

(2015) Whom journalists talk to: legacy reporting and tweeting. The Future of Journalism: Risks, Threats and Opportunities Conference. September 10-11, Cardiff University, UK

(2015). Serbian journalists and the idea of common good.  Worlds of Journalism: Professional Identity, Influences, and Change Conference, 5-8 September 2015 Center for Advanced Studies at LMU Munich. (Paper presentation with S.Seizova)

 (2015). Twittersphere as a press club. ANZCA Conference, July 8-18, Queenstown

(2015). Invited panelist at the event “Strengthening freedom of expression in a multicultural world”. Centre for International Media Assistance. National Endowment for Democracy, Washington D.C., June 9.

(2015). Journalism and tweeterpshere. NZ Internet Research Forum, AUT, February 9.

(2014) Foreign correspondents in Serbia: What happens when the war ends? In Terzis, G. (ed) Mapping foreign correspondence in European Countries. New York: Routledge (Co-authored with Sonja Seizova)

(2014). “‘Shadow publics’ in the news coverage of socio-political issues” (co-authored with Kurian, P., Munshi, D. and Fraser, R.). Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism 15(1), pp.89-108

(2014) Refugees and New Zealand compassion. New Zealand Books 24(1).

(2014). Journalism education and the concept of inclusive society - PJR: Political journalism in the Asia Pacific Conference, 27 November, AUT 

(2014). Media, war and memory: what happens when the war ends - JMAD: Media, War and Memory Conference, 17  - 19 September, AUT..

(2014). News, politics and diversity in the 2014 New Zealand General election - NZ PSA Conference, 1 - 3 December (With Owen, T.  and Baker, S.)

(2013). Why journalism in Aoteraoa – New Zealand must change. Panel with Donald Matheson and Margie Comrie. JEANZ Conference, 27-29 November, AUT, Auckland.

(2013). The revival of undercover reporting in Europe. London Conference in Critical Thought. Royal Holloway University, UK. 6-7 June.

 (2013) Invited speaker at the "Media and diversity’ seminar, Baptist University in Hong Kong, 20-21 April.

 (2013). The International Television News Agencies by Chris Paterson. Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism 14(6).

(2013) Citizen witnessing by Stuart Allan. Pacific Journalism Review, pp. 243-245

(2012) Scooped: Politics and power of journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand. (Co-edited with Martin Hirst and Sean Phelan). AUT Media, Auckland

(2012) Invited key note speaker at the National Roundtable on Media and NGOs, Stratigou Kallari, Thessaloniki Greece, September 13.

(2012). Invited panelist at the Pan-European Forum on media pluralism and new media, European Parliament, Brussels, 27 June.

(2012) UNESCO. World Press Freedom Day “Media freedom has power to transform societies”, Tunis, Tunisia  3-6.

 (2012). Getting the facts right: Reporting ethnicity and religion. Brussels: International Federation of Journalists. Available here

 (2012) “Inclusive journalism and rebuilding democracy” (co-authored with Milica Pesic). In Sakr, N. and Basyouni, H. Rebuilding Egyptian Media for Democratic Future. Cairo: Aalam El Kootob Publisher, pp.135-153

(2012) “Journalism and journalism studies in Aoteraoa New Zealand” (co-authored with Phelan, S., and Hirst, M.). In Hirst, M., Phelan, S. and Rupar, V. (eds.), Scooped: Politics and power of journalism in Aoteraoa New Zealand. AUT Media, Auckland

 (2012), “Rapid response issue: Media and the Olympics” (editorial), JOMEC Journal, Issue 2, November. Online:

(2012). Media and the Olympic Games. Special issue of JOMEC Journal Vol.1. No.2

(2012) Invited speaker at the International Conference “Ethical  journalism initiative: Journalism and the challenge of intolerance”, International Press Centre, Brussels, Belgium, 3-4 May.

(2012) Invited speaker at the International Symposium Media Diversity in Theory and Practice. Dublin City University, Dublin, Ireland, February 2-3. 

(2012). Presenter, “Inclusive journalism education and rebuilding democracy”. International conference Africa/UK Journalism Education Exchange Network, University of Bedfordshire, Luton, 11-13 April

(2010) Journalism and meaning-making: reading the newspaper. Hampton Press, New York. (Editor)

(2010) “Journalism and meaning-making: mapping the field of study”.  In Rupar, V. (Ed.) Journalism and Meaning-making: Reading the Newspaper. Hampton Press, New York, pp.1-12

(2010) “Journalism and social change: A hundred years of the New Zealand daily The Dominion (Post).” In Rupar, V. (Ed.) Journalism and Meaning-making: Reading the Newspaper. Hampton Press, New York, pp.73-89

(2010) “Journalism, environment and community structure”. New Zealand Journal of Media Studies 12(1)

(2010) “Capturing meaning-making in journalism”, (co-authored with Ebbe Grunwald,  Journalistika 2, pp. 48-78.

(2010) Review of Harris, Roy J., “Pulitzer's Gold: Behind the Prize for Public Service Journalism”. Jhistory, H-Net Reviews. March, 2010. URL:

(2010) Book review of Sage Series - Journalism Studies: Key texts, Journalism Studies, 11(5)

(2009) “Journalism curiosity and storytelling frame: A comparative study of Australian and Danish newspapers”. Co-authored with Ebbe Grunwald  Journalism Practice, Vol. 3, No. 4.pp. 392 - 403

(2007) “Newspaper’s production of common sense: the ‘greenie madness’ or why should we read editorials?” Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism Vol. 8, No. 5, pp.591-610.

(2007) “Journalism, political change and front-page design”. In Broersma, Marcel (Ed.) Form and Style in Journalism. European Newspapers and the Representation of News, 1880-2005. Peeters, Leuven, pp.199-219

(2006) “Reflections on journalism and objectivity: an episode, ideal or obstacle?” The New Zealand Journal of Media Studies, Vol. 9, No. 2, available at

(2006) “How did you find that out? The transparency of the newsgathering process and the meaning of news: a case study of New Zealand journalism”, Journalism Studies, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp. 141-158

(2006) Shirato, T, Swalwell, M, Rupar, V, ‘Editorial’, New Zealand Journal of Media Studies, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 1-3

(2005) Co-edited (with Tony Schirato and Melanie Swalwell) New Zealand Journal of Media Studies, Special Issue “Asian Media Arts Practice in/and Aotearoa New Zealand”, Vol. 9, No. 1 

(2002) “Keeping Our Options Closed: The dominance of the conflict story-telling frame in media coverage of the Royal Commission’s Report on Genetic Modification in New Zealand”, Political Science, Vol. 54, No. 2, pp. 59-67



2016          DCT Faculty Research Award for contribution to meeting University and Faculty goals to build research activity, quality and profile

2016         Auckland University of Technology, DCT SRIF grant for AUT Media Observatory: News, politics and diversity in the 2016 New Zealand Local Body Elections

2015         UNESCO grant for 2016 World Journalism Education Congress

2014          “News, politics and diversity in 2014 New Zealand General Election” - DCT Grant

2014         AUT bid to host the 2016 World Journalism Education Congress – Tourism NZ Grant

2014         Faculty Research Award, Dean’s Award for Research Excellence

2014         New Zealand Business Events Award for ‘raising New Zealand’s international profile, encouraging knowledge transfer and generating opportunities for trade and investment’

2013          Inclusive Journalism Initiative: Reporting Europe, Asia and Pacific – international project funded by the European Union and Education New Zealand; Project leader

2011          Ethical Journalism Initiative: A Campaign to Fight Discrimination through Freedom of Expression and the Highest Professional Standards of Journalism. Funded by the European Commission, commissioned by MDI Principal investigator

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