Mark Austin

Professor, Media Studies

Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media

Mark Austin is a professor of media studies at the Indian Institute of Journalism & New Media in Bangalore. He worked for 13 years as a staff writer at The Daily Yomiuri in Tokyo. Mark has also freelanced and worked as a stringer for publications including The Independent and The Irish Times, Newsweek Japan, Scotland on Sunday and the Asahi Evening News. Mark was born in Edinburgh and grew up in southern Scotland and southern England. He earned a B.A. in contemporary cultural studies from Middlesex Polytechnic in 1987. After working as a motorcycle courier in London, he moved in 1989 to Brunei, where he lived for a year, working as assistant manager of a firm cultivating and exporting Nepenthes pitcher plants and orchids, a job that entailed regular trips into primary jungle on collection trips, and as manager of a mobile disco. In 1990 he moved to Hiroshima, Japan, where he taught English, trained teachers, and managed a school for six-and-a-half years, during which period he also trained teachers in Busan, South Korea, and began freelancing for newspapers and magazines, which led to his being hired by the Yomiuri.

Focus: Communication, Education, India, Japan, Asia

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Last Updated: Aug 21, 2010

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