Dr Axel Bruns lectures in the Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of Gatewatching: Collaborative Online News Production (New York: Peter Lang, 2005), which was nominated for the Communications Policy Research Award at Fordham University's Donald McGannon Communication Research Center. Gatewatching follows on from his doctoral thesis describing Resource Centre Sites on the World Wide Web, which analysed a major new genre of online news, information and discussion Websites including Slashdot.org and MediaChannel.org.
With Joanne Jacobs, he is also editor of Uses of Blogs (New York: Peter Lang, 2006), one of the first comprehensive collections to examine the growing range of blogging genres.
Bruns teaches in a variety of units across the Creative Industries Faculty, including Creative Industries (KKB018), New Media Technologies (KCB202), and Major Project in Arts and Creative Industries Management (KCP410).
In 1997, Bruns was a co-founder of the premier online academic publisher M/C - Media and Culture, which publishes M/C Journal, M/C Reviews, and the M/Cyclopedia of New Media, and he continues to serve as M/C's General Editor. In 2000, he also co-founded dotlit: The Online Journal of Creative Writing with Donna Lee Brien and Philip Neilsen from QUT's Creative Writing and Cultural Studies discipline. Bruns was the Web developer responsible for QUT's streaming media station EMIT, which began Webcasting in 2002.
Bruns's research interests are in produsage (or collaborative user-led content development), online publishing, online journalism, virtual communities, creative industries, creative hypertext writing, and popular music studies. He has published a variety of articles in these fields, many of which can be found on this Website at http://snurb.info/.