Dr Maja Simunjak


Dr Maja Simunjak
NameDr Maja Simunjak
Job titleAssociate Professor in Journalism
Research institute
Primary appointmentSchool of Arts
Email addressM.Simunjak@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-8263-272X
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

Dr Maja Simunjak is AHRC Leadership Fellow and Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Middlesex University London. She holds a PhD in Political Communication from the University of East Anglia, as well as a BA and MA in Journalism from the University of Zagreb. 

Maja previously worked at the European University Institute and the University of East Anglia. She also has extensive experience as a professional journalist and editor in various media outlets, including the positions of an editor and news anchor at a national television channel, subeditor and journalist in daily newspapers and a radio journalist and anchor.

Teaching

Maja leads several undergraduate and postgraduate modules, such as Practising Journalism, Digital Storytelling, Global Journalism and News Cultures, Multimedia and Digital Journalism skills, and Major project. She has also developed and taught modules such as Political Communication, Journalism Skills, Multimedia Journalism, Researching Journalism, etc.

She supervises postgraduate research students working on projects focused on journalism, digital and social media, and political communication. For example, she was the Director of Studies to Christa Sathish's PhD project 'Investigating academics' social media use.' She is currently supervising Maryam Jabeen's PhD project focusing on crisis literacy in the context of covid-19 pandemic in Pakistan. 

Maja previously acted as Programme Leader for BA Creative Writing & Journalism, BA Journalism & Communication, and BA Digital Media.

Education and qualifications

Grants

Prizes and Awards

External activities

External examiner
External examiner
University of Brighton

External examiner for MA Journalism, MA Sports Journalism, and MA Digital Media, Culture and Society.

Team lead for Croatia
Co-investigator on funded research projects
European Commission

Team leader for Croatia in the international research project investigating political advertising in 2019 European parliament elections.

Research outputs

Developing psychological capital to support journalists’ well-being

Simunjak, M. 2023. Developing psychological capital to support journalists’ well-being. in: Bélair-Gagnon, V., Holton, A., Deuze, M. and Mellado, C. (ed.) Happiness in Journalism Taylor & Francis (Routledge).

Managing emotions in journalism: A guide to enhancing resilience

Simunjak, M. 2023. Managing emotions in journalism: A guide to enhancing resilience. Cham, Switzerland Palgrave Macmillan.

Teaching emotional intelligence for enhancing resilience in journalism

Simunjak, M. 2023. Teaching emotional intelligence for enhancing resilience in journalism. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator. 78 (2), pp. 127-141. https://doi.org/10.1177/10776958231165103

“You have to do that for your own sanity”: Digital disconnection as journalists’ coping and preventive strategy in managing work and well-being

Simunjak, M. 2023. “You have to do that for your own sanity”: Digital disconnection as journalists’ coping and preventive strategy in managing work and well-being. Digital Journalism. https://doi.org/10.1080/21670811.2022.2153711

Me, myself and I: selfies as vehicles of personalised politics in social media era

Simunjak, M. 2023. Me, myself and I: selfies as vehicles of personalised politics in social media era. in: Lilleker, D. and Veneti, A. (ed.) Research Handbook on Visual Politics Edward Elgar Publishing. pp. 153–166

Twiplomacy

Simunjak, M. 2022. Twiplomacy. in: Ceron, A. (ed.) Encyclopedia of Technology and Politics Edward Elgar Publishing. pp. 327-331

Workplace well-being and support systems in journalism: comparative analysis of Germany and the United Kingdom

Simunjak, M. and Menke, M. 2022. Workplace well-being and support systems in journalism: comparative analysis of Germany and the United Kingdom. Journalism. 24 (11), pp. 2474-2492. https://doi.org/10.1177/14648849221115205

Tweeting Brexit: social media and the aftermath of the EU referendum

Simunjak, M. 2022. Tweeting Brexit: social media and the aftermath of the EU referendum. London Routledge.

Pride and anxiety: British journalists’ emotional labour in the Covid-19 pandemic

Simunjak, M. 2022. Pride and anxiety: British journalists’ emotional labour in the Covid-19 pandemic. Journalism Studies. 23 (3), pp. 320-337. https://doi.org/10.1080/1461670X.2021.2021106

Framing #Brexit on Twitter: the EU 27’s lesson in message discipline?

Simunjak, M. and Caliandro, A. 2020. Framing #Brexit on Twitter: the EU 27’s lesson in message discipline? The British Journal of Politics & International Relations. 22 (3), pp. 439-459. https://doi.org/10.1177/1369148120923583

Political leaders, media and authoritarianism in Croatia: the media strikes back?

Simunjak, M. 2020. Political leaders, media and authoritarianism in Croatia: the media strikes back? East European Politics. 36 (1), pp. 66-85. https://doi.org/10.1080/21599165.2019.1684267

National report: Croatia

Simunjak, M., Nenadić, I. and Žuvela, L. 2019. National report: Croatia. Brussels European Parliament. https://doi.org/10.2861/167439

Twiplomacy in the age of Donald Trump: Is the diplomatic code changing?

Simunjak, M. and Caliandro, A. 2019. Twiplomacy in the age of Donald Trump: Is the diplomatic code changing? The Information Society: An International Journal. 35 (1), pp. 13-25. https://doi.org/10.1080/01972243.2018.1542646

From a leader-centred to a party-centred system? The curious case of media (de-)personalisation in Yugoslavia and Croatia, 1945–2015

Simunjak, M. 2018. From a leader-centred to a party-centred system? The curious case of media (de-)personalisation in Yugoslavia and Croatia, 1945–2015. Europe-Asia Studies. 70 (9), pp. 1496-1514. https://doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2018.1533915

Reaching, engaging and bonding with voters on social media: the case of 2014/2015 Croatian presidential elections

Sinčić Ćorić, D., Brečić, R. and Simunjak, M. 2017. Reaching, engaging and bonding with voters on social media: the case of 2014/2015 Croatian presidential elections. Medijske studije / Media Studies. 8 (16), pp. 61-77. https://doi.org/10.20901/ms.8.16.5

Political impression management through direct and mediated communication: The 2014/2015 Croatian presidential elections

Simunjak, M., Sinčić Ćorić, D. and Brečić, R. 2017. Political impression management through direct and mediated communication: The 2014/2015 Croatian presidential elections. Društvena istraživanja: časopis za opća društvena pitanja. 26 (4), pp. 539-560. https://doi.org/10.5559/di.26.4.05

The first time for everything: political advertising in a new member state

Simunjak, M. and Milanović, L. 2017. The first time for everything: political advertising in a new member state. in: Holtz-Bacha, C., Novelli, E. and Rafter, K. (ed.) Political Advertising in the 2014 European Parliament Elections Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 153-168

(De-)personalization of mediated political communication: comparative analysis of Yugoslavia, Croatia and the UK from 1945 to 2015

Simunjak, M. 2017. (De-)personalization of mediated political communication: comparative analysis of Yugoslavia, Croatia and the UK from 1945 to 2015. European Journal of Communication. 32 (5), pp. 473-489. https://doi.org/10.1177/0267323117725972

Media portrayals: from leadership cults to celebrity politicians

Simunjak, M. and Street, J. 2016. Media portrayals: from leadership cults to celebrity politicians. in: Storey, J., Hartley, J., Denis, J., Hart, P. and Ulrich, D. (ed.) The Routledge Companion to Leadership Oxon Routledge. pp. 450-464

Comparative analysis of risks for political independence of public service media across 19 European Union member states

Simunjak, M. 2016. Comparative analysis of risks for political independence of public service media across 19 European Union member states. Italy European University Institute.

Monitoring political independence of public service media: comparative analysis across 19 European Union member states

Simunjak, M. 2016. Monitoring political independence of public service media: comparative analysis across 19 European Union member states. Journal of Media Business Studies. 13 (3), pp. 153-169. https://doi.org/10.1080/16522354.2016.1227529

Monitoring media pluralism in Europe: testing and implementation of the media pluralism monitor 2015: policy report

Brogi, E., Ginsborg, L., Ostling, A., Parcu, P. and Simunjak, M. 2016. Monitoring media pluralism in Europe: testing and implementation of the media pluralism monitor 2015: policy report. European University Institute. https://doi.org/10.2870/374068

Media pluralism in Malta: a test implementation of the media pluralism monitor 2015

Simunjak, M. 2016. Media pluralism in Malta: a test implementation of the media pluralism monitor 2015. European University Institute. https://doi.org/10.2870/374068

Copyright and music policy in China: a literature review

Street, J., Zhang, L., Simunjak, M. and Wang, Q. 2015. Copyright and music policy in China: a literature review. CREATe. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.29125
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