Maja Šimunjak is a Lecturer in Journalism at Middlesex University, London UK. She holds a PhD in Political Communication from the University of East Anglia with a specialism in media reporting and electoral campaigns in authoritarian and transitional societies.
At Middlesex University she teaches modules on BA Journalism and BA Journalism and Media programme, such as Contemporary Journalism, Broadcasting Journalism, and Researching Journalism.
Before joining Middlesex, Maja worked at the European University Institute, Bell Cambridge, and 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 station, subeditor in daily newspapers and a radio journalist and anchor.
English, Spanish, Croatian
Maja Šimunjak is Module Leader on Broadcasting Journalism, Global Journalism and Researching Journalism modules. She also teaches Contemporary Journalism, and supervises creative projects and dissertations for third-year students.
Maja’s research focuses on the media, journalism and political communication trends and practices, particularly in authoritarian and transitional societies. Research projects she participated in over the last decade range from analyses of social media, media reporting and journalistic cultures, to analyses of news management practices and hidden advertising. Most recently she was involved in the international research projects Media Pluralism Monitor, Varieties of Democracy and European Elections 2014.
Šimunjak, Maja and Street, John (2016) Media portrayals: from leadership cults to celebrity politicians. In: The Routledge Companion to Leadership. Routledge, Oxon, pp. 450-464. ISBN 9781138825574
Šimunjak, Maja (2016) Monitoring political independence of public service media: comparative analysis across 19 European Union member states. Journal of Media Business Studies . ISSN 1652-2354 (Published online first)
Šimunjak, Maja (2016) Comparative analysis of risks for political independence of public service media across 19 European Union member states. Working Paper. European University Institute, Italy.