Former media executive moves to academia

October 13, 2010

Senior newspaper executive and editor David Maguire has moved to academia as Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Management at Murdoch University.

Professor Maguire returns to Australia after more than three years in senior management and editorial roles with the English-language Shanghai Daily in China.

A former managing director of Perth’s The Sunday Times, he brings to Murdoch’s media school a wealth of experience gathered over more than 30 years in daily and Sunday newspapers and radio in Australia, Hong Kong and China.

Dean of Media, Communications and Culture at Murdoch, Associate Professor Chris Smyth said: “David’s experience running newspapers, including in the burgeoning Chinese industry, is a wonderful asset to the journalism program.

“His appointment as the most senior media figure in any WA journalism school means we can offer courses in new areas like media management and carry out world-class research.

“More importantly for our students, he’s already made a great transition from the newsroom to the lecture theatre as a generous, approachable teacher.”

Professor Maguire said he looked forward to using his experience of the media in China and Hong Kong to further develop Murdoch’s extensive collaborations in the region, build its student base and initiate major research projects.

“The rapid development of all media in China reflects the incredible growth throughout the country and the suite of disciplines offered by Murdoch, from journalism basics to cutting-edge technology and media management, push all the right buttons,” he said.

A Doctor of Business Administration and an MBA, Professor Maguire is adding to his academic credentials with the completion of his PhD at Murdoch on the media’s challenges in covering the chaos of major crises.


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