John O'Sullivan

Dr

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T: Ext. 5704
E: John.OSullivan@dcu.ie

Biography

John O'Sullivan's background is in newspaper and magazine editing, with experience in Irish national titles and specialist magazines, in coverage of ICT and in digital publishing initiatives. 

He has taught at DCU since 1996, across a wide range of topics in journalism and communication, from print news design to social media, and has served as Programme Chair of the MA in Journalism.

He has published in leading peer-reviewed journals, primarily focussing on journalism and digital (or post-digital) media. He is a founding vice-president of the European Communication Research and Education Association's Journalism Studies section, and a former member of the editorial board of Digital Journalism.

Past and current postgraduate research supervision topics include digital news practice, content and strategies; journalism norms in Cambodia; social media and democracy in Cambodia; and visual spectacles in news. 

Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
2020 'Understanding Mobile News: Looking beyond the Lockscreen'
Fortunati L.;O’Sullivan J. (2020) 'Understanding Mobile News: Looking beyond the Lockscreen'. DIGITAL JOURNALISM, [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Reading and writing news: Why consumption and production modes matter'
Fortunati, Leopoldina; O'Sullivan, John (2019) 'Reading and writing news: Why consumption and production modes matter'. Journalism, OnlineFirst [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Enhancing classical methodological tools to foster participatory dimensions in local urban planning'
Farinosi M.;Fortunati L.;O'Sullivan J.;Pagani L. (2019) 'Enhancing classical methodological tools to foster participatory dimensions in local urban planning'. Cities, 88 [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Unsung convergence of analogue to analogue: Add-ons, supplements and the evolving roles of the print newspaper'
Fortunati L.;O’Sullivan J. (2019) 'Unsung convergence of analogue to analogue: Add-ons, supplements and the evolving roles of the print newspaper'. European Journal of Communication, [DOI] [Details]
2019 'Situating the social sustainability of print media in a world of digital alternatives'
Fortunati, Leopoldina; O'Sullivan, John (2019) 'Situating the social sustainability of print media in a world of digital alternatives'. Telematics and Informatics, 37 :137-145 [DOI] [Details]
2018 'Beyond solutions: Students’ rationales for print and screen reading in Irish higher education'
John O'Sullivan (2018) 'Beyond solutions: Students’ rationales for print and screen reading in Irish higher education'. Telematics and Informatics, 35 (2):358-369 [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Pressure to Publish or Saving for Print?'
Wheatley, Dawn; O'Sullivan, John (2017) 'Pressure to Publish or Saving for Print?'. DIGITAL JOURNALISM, 5 (8):965-985 [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Innovators and innovated: Newspapers and the postdigital future beyond the “death of print”'
John O'Sullivan; Leopoldina Fortunati, Sakari Taipale, Kevin Barnhurst (2017) 'Innovators and innovated: Newspapers and the postdigital future beyond the “death of print”'. Information Society, 33 (2):86-95 [DOI] [Details]
2011 'A cross-regional comparison of selected European newspaper journalists and their evolving attitudes towards the internet - including a single-country focus on the UK'
MacGregor, P., Balcytiene, A., Fortunati, L., Nuust, V., O'Sullivan, J., Roussou, N., Salaverría, R. and Sarrica, M (2011) 'A cross-regional comparison of selected European newspaper journalists and their evolving attitudes towards the internet - including a single-country focus on the UK'. Journalism, 12 (5):627-646 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'Interactivity as a metaphor of online news'
Fortunati L.;O'Sullivan J.;Raycheva L.;Harro-Loit H. (2010) 'Interactivity as a metaphor of online news'. Javnost, 17 (4):43-61 [DOI] [Details]
2010 'The early stages of the integration of the Internet in EU newsrooms'
Sarrica, M., Fortunati, L., O'Sullivan, J., Balcytiene, A., Macgregor, P., Nuust, V., Roussou, N., Meso, K., Pereira, X. & de Luca, F. (2010) 'The early stages of the integration of the Internet in EU newsrooms'. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION (PRINT), 25 :413-422 [DOI] [Details]
2009 'The Influence of the Internet on European Journalism'
Fortunati, L., Sarrica, M., O'Sullivan, J., Balcytiene, A., Harro-Loit, H., Macgregor, P., Roussou, N., Salaverría, R. & de Luca, F. (2009) 'The Influence of the Internet on European Journalism'. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 14 [DOI] [Details]
2008 'Old Values, New Media'
O'Sullivan, J. & Heinonen, A. 2008 (2008) 'Old Values, New Media'. JOURNALISM PRACTICE, 2 :357-371 [DOI] [Details]
2005 'Delivering Ireland: Journalism's Search for a Role Online'
O'Sullivan, J (2005) 'Delivering Ireland: Journalism's Search for a Role Online'. THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNICATION GAZETTE, 67 :45-68 [DOI] [Details]

Book Chapters

  Year Publication
2019 'Introduzione'
Fortunati, Leopoldina; Pagani, Laura; O'Sullivan, John (2019) 'Introduzione' In: Introduzione, Communicazione e processi partecipatavi: Amministrazione pubblica e coinvolgimento dei cittadini nel Commune di Peccioli ( Communication and participatory processes: Public administration and involvement of citizens in the Municipality of Peccioli), by Manuela Farinosi. Milano: FrancoAngeli. [Details]
2017 'Students' preferences for smartphones versus other media within their academic study'
Vincent J.;O'Sullivan J.;Lim C.;Farinosi M. (2017) 'Students' preferences for smartphones versus other media within their academic study' In: Smartphone Cultures. [DOI] [Details]
2017 'Hollow Enterprise: Austerity Ireland and the Neoliberal University'
Marnie Holborow and John O'Sullivan (2017) 'Hollow Enterprise: Austerity Ireland and the Neoliberal University' In: Jon Nixon (eds). Higher Education in Austerity Europe. London: Bloomsbury. [Details]
2014 'Foreign correspondents in Ireland: close neighbours, global agenda'
O'Sullivan J. (2014) 'Foreign correspondents in Ireland: close neighbours, global agenda' In: Mapping Foreign Correspondence in Europe. London: Routledge. [DOI] [Details]
2012 'Challenging Values: The Good Journalist Online'
O'Sullivan J. (2012) 'Challenging Values: The Good Journalist Online' In: Siapera, Eugenia; Veglis, Andreas (eds). The Handbook of Global Online Journalism. London: Wiley-Blackwell. [DOI] [Details]
2007 'Irish Print and Broadcast Media: The Political, Economic, Journalistic and Professional Context'
Horgan, J, McNamara P, O'Sullivan, J. (2007) 'Irish Print and Broadcast Media: The Political, Economic, Journalistic and Professional Context' In: Horgan, John; O'Connor, Barbara; Sheehan, Helena (eds). Mapping Irish Media: Critical Explorations. Dublin: UCD Press. [Details]
2005 'Ireland: Newsprint Colonizes the Web'
O'Sullivan, J. (2005) 'Ireland: Newsprint Colonizes the Web' In: Print and Online Newspapers in Europe: a comparative analysis in 16 countries. Amsterdam: Het Spinhuis. [Details]

Conference Contributions

  Year Publication
2018 7th European Communication Conference (ECC) Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation,
John O'Sullivan; Eugenia Siapera (2018) Journalism and Technology through the Lens of Bourdieu. [Chaired Session], 7th European Communication Conference (ECC) Centres and Peripheries: Communication, Research, Translation, Lugano, Switzerland [Details]
2012 Social Media: Good for Journalism?,
Various (2012) Seminar of media scholars and practitioners. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Social Media: Good for Journalism?, Dublin City University , 22-FEB-12 [Details]
2016 Communicating with Power,
O'Sullivan, John (2016) Changing the mix: migration and re-migration from digital to print in panel: Dialogues in Journalism Studies: Newspapers and the Postdigital Future Beyond the 'Death of Print''. [Chaired Session], Communicating with Power, Fukuoka, Japan , 10-JUN-16 [Details]
2007 The Future of Newspapers,
Heinonen, Ari; O'Sullivan, John (2007) Old values, new media: journalism role perceptions in a changing world. [Conference Organising Committee Member], The Future of Newspapers, Cardiff , 12-SEP-07 - 13-SEP-07 [Details]
2007 Equal Opportunities and Communication Rights: Representation, Participation & the European Democratic Deficit,
(2007) Insiders and Outsiders: a common understanding for citizens - session chair. [], Equal Opportunities and Communication Rights: Representation, Participation & the European Democratic Deficit, Brussels , 11-OCT-07 - 12-OCT-07 [Details]
2006 The Impact of the Internet on the Mass Media in Europe: COST A20 International Conference,
Heinonen, Ari; O'Sullivan, John (2006) Changing Role Perceptions of ”The European Journalist” after 10 Years of the Internet in Newsrooms. [Conference Organising Committee Member], The Impact of the Internet on the Mass Media in Europe: COST A20 International Conference, Delphi , 26-APR-06 - 29-APR-06 [Details]
2006 Interdisciplinary Biennial Conference in the Humanities and Social Sciences,
O'Sullivan, John (2006) Let them have Letters: Irish news media and the challenges of interactivity. [Conference Organising Committee Member], Interdisciplinary Biennial Conference in the Humanities and Social Sciences, Dublin , 11-MAY-06 - 12-MAY-06 [Details]
2005 Digital utopia in the media: from discourses to facts,
Fortunati, Leopoldina; Raycheva, Lilia; Harro-Loit, Halliki; O’Sullivan, John (2005) Online news interactivity in four European countries: a pre-political dimension (comparing practices in Bulgaria, Estonia, Ireland and Italy) . [], Digital utopia in the media: from discourses to facts, Barcelona , 20-MAY-05 - 21-MAY-05 [Details]
2003 Towards New Media Paradigms: content, producers, organisations and audiences,
O'Sullivan, John (2003) Same old news? Properties of print and web news media in Ireland. [Conference Organising Committee Chairperson], Towards New Media Paradigms: content, producers, organisations and audiences, Pamplona , 27-JUN-03 - 28-JUN-03 [Details]

Books

  Year Publication
2003 Training European Journalists Online: a survey of distance learning tools and practice .
Quinn, G., with Trench, B. and O'Sullivan, J. (2003) Training European Journalists Online: a survey of distance learning tools and practice . : European Journalism Centre. [Details]

Note

  Year Publication
2020 Convergence crosscurrents: Analog in the digital and digital in the analog.
Fortunati L.;O’Sullivan J. (2020) Convergence crosscurrents: Analog in the digital and digital in the analog. Note [DOI] [Details]

Committees

  Committee Function From / To
COST Action FP1104: New possibilities for print media and packaging - combining print with digital: Working Group member 2015 / 2017
COST Action IS0906 Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies External evaluator / Ongoing
COST A30 Action 'East of West: Setting a New Central Eastern European Research Agenda' External Evaluator / Ongoing

Research Interests

I have worked, and research proposals are welcome in, the following areas:
  • journalism values and practice in networked news
  • media formats and platforms
  • news design
  • interactivity, social media, and citizen and participatory journalism
  • media ethics
  • media and democracy
  • media representation
  • education technology
  • technology and society
  • sport, media and society

External Collaborators

  Name Organisation / Institute Country
Leopoldina Fortunati Department of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics, University of Udine ITALY
Sakari Taipale Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä FINLAND