Maja Šimunjak is a Senior 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, BA Journalism and Media and BA Creative Writing and Journalism programmes, such as Multimodal Journalism, Advanced Digital Journalism, Contemporary Journalism, Journalism Skills etc.
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 Journalism Skills, Advanced Digital Journalism, Multimodal Journalism, and Contemporary Journalism module. She leads the Independent project module, Level 6 final project module, across five programmes (BA Journalism, Journalism and Media, BA Media and Cultural Studies, BA Advertising, PR and Media), and supervises undergraduate and post-graduate creative projects and dissertations.
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.
Sinčić Ćorić, Dubravka and Brečić, Ružica and Šimunjak, Maja (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. ISSN 1847-9758
Šimunjak, Maja and Sinčić Ćorić, Dubravka and Brečić, Ružica (2017) Political impression management through direct and mediated communication: The 2014/2015 Croatian presidential elections. Društvena istraživanja : Journal for General Social Issues, 26 (4). pp. 539-560. ISSN 1330-0288
Šimunjak, Maja (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. ISSN 0267-3231
Šimunjak, Maja and Milanović, Lana (2017) The first time for everything: political advertising in a new member state. In: Political Advertising in the 2014 European Parliament Elections. Holtz-Bacha, Christina and Novelli, Edoardo and Rafter, Kevin , eds. Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 153-168. ISBN 978-1137569806
Šimunjak, Maja and Street, John (2016) Media portrayals: from leadership cults to celebrity politicians. In: The Routledge Companion to Leadership. Storey, John and Hartley, Jean and Denis, Jean-Louis and Hart, Paul 't. and Ulrich, Dave , eds. Routledge Companions in Business, Management and Accounting . Routledge, Oxon, pp. 450-464. ISBN 9781138825574