Primary Department
School of Communications
Academic Staff
Work Area/Key Responsibilities
Dawn Wheatley
Phone number: 01 700
Glasnevin Campus
Room Number
GLA C175

Academic biography

Dawn Wheatley is an Assistant Professor in the School of Communications focusing on journalism, political communication, and social media. She received her PhD in 2018 for her research into online news production  and coverage of the Irish healthcare sector, with a particular emphasis on sources and voices, and how newsroom practices are established and reproduced. Dawn worked as a production journalist for the Irish Daily Mail and the Irish Times before turning to research and teaching in DCU. Her research has been published in New Media & Society, Digital Journalism, Journalism Practice, Information, Communication & Society, and on RTÉ's Brainstorm, and she teaches both practical and theoretical subjects to journalism students in the School. Her current research projects include work on mobile news dissemination, filtering and blocking on social media, and source use in contemporary news reporting. She is also involved in various international projects, working on the Irish contribution to the Worlds of Journalism study which surveys journalists, and co-ordinating the Irish data for the Global Media Monitoring Project which analyses the role of women in the news.