Prof Colleen Murrell

School of Communications

Name: Prof Colleen Murrell
Department: School of Communications
Work Area: Prof
Role: Academic Staff
Phone Number: Ext. 01 7005517
Email Address:
Room: GLA.CA126
Campus: DCU Glasnevin Campus

Biographical Details

Professor Colleen Murrell researches international newsgathering, public service broadcasting, news production and digital and social media. She is currently undertaking research into two projects: philanthropic funding of journalism and safety issues for women journalists. She teaches audio visual broadcasting and international news and has won several prizes for her teaching, including an Australian national citation for teaching excellence. She joined DCU in January 2020 after previously working at Monash University, Swinburne University and Deakin University in Melbourne. She holds a PhD in media and communications from the University of Melbourne. Colleen has held research fellowships at The London School of Economics (2015-16); The University of Oxford - Reuters Institute (2011) and City University (2007). In her previous career she worked as a producer, reporter and news editor for a number of international broadcasters including the BBC, ITN, AP, TF1, CBC and ABC Australia. In these roles she travelled extensively in Europe, and the Middle East. Colleen is the author of a range of scholarly publications, including the book 'Foreign Correspondents and International Newsgathering: The Role of Fixers' (2015: Routledge). She has supervised a number of PhD and Masters by research students and has taught postgraduate research theory and methodology. She is on the editorial boards of the following journals: 'Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics'; The Australian Journalism Review'; and 'The Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies.' Back in Australia she was also on the executive board of the Journalism, Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA), The Junction, national student journalism platform and was the executive editor of Swinburne University's journalism output 'The Standard.' Colleen was a judge for the UNAA Media Awards from 2008-17, and in 2020 is a judge for the Canadian 'Mindset Award for Workplace Mental Health Reporting.' Colleen speaks fluent French, and basic Spanish, Italian and Arabic. 

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