Johanna Baker-Dowdell

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Johanna Baker-Dowdell

Johanna Baker-Dowdell

PhD candidate
Journalism, Media and Communications
School of Social Sciences

Social Sciences, Newnham Campus

Johanna is a PhD candidate in the Journalism, Media and Communications program. Her research investigates how social media texts are used by newspapers as news sources in reporting crisis events. This research is supervised by Dr Katrina Clifford and Dr Craig Norris.


Johanna worked as a research assistant in 2016 while completing her PhD at the University of Tasmania. She studied journalism and public relations at the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, graduating with a bachelor of Arts in 1995, and then worked at newspapers in Australia and the UK before trying her hand at marketing and public relations for two industry associations. Johanna launched her writing and public relations business Strawberry Communications in 2007 and published the book Business & Baby on Boardin 2013.

Career summary


DegreeThesis titleUniversityAwarded
Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies)   University of Newcastle April 1996
BA (1st class honours) Understanding How Social Media is used as a News Source During Crisis Events University of Tasmania Dec 2013