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Professor Colleen Murrell


Professor Colleen Murrell researches international newsgathering, transnational broadcasting and digital media. She is currently writing a book on BBC newsgathering. She is also the research lead for the annual Reuters Digital News Report Ireland (2021-6), part of a global research study into the habits of digital news consumers. The other FuJo researchers on the project are Dr Dave Robbins, Dr Dawn Wheatley and Dr Claire English. She teaches broadcast journalism at DCU and is an external examiner at Queen’s University in Belfast on the BA in Broadcast Production.

Colleen has a PhD in Media and Communications from the University of Melbourne and a Master’s degree in International Journalism from City, University of London. Her PhD thesis and a subsequent book were on the role of fixers in international newsgathering. Colleen has held visiting research fellowships at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of Oxford (Reuters Institute), and City, University of London. She is on the editorial boards of the Australian Journalism Review; Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics and the Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies.

Colleen has published widely and presented at conferences run by the ICA, IAMCR, JERAA, WJEC and the biennial Future of Journalism Conference in Cardiff. Her non-academic work has been published in The Conversation. Before arriving at DCU in 2020, Colleen was in charge of the Journalism programme at Swinburne University of Technology. She was also the convenor of the Journalism undergraduate programmes at both Monash University and Deakin University in Melbourne. In her first career Colleen worked as a news editor and senior journalist at a number of international news organisations, including the BBC, ITN, AP, TF1, CBC, SBS and ABC Australia. She has travelled widely for work, including in many countries in the Middle East, and speaks fluent French and workaday Spanish.

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Reuters Institute Digital News Report

The Reuters Institute Digital News Report is the world’s largest international comparative survey of the major trends in digital news consumption. It is widely used by industry, analysts, and researchers across the world. Since 2015, Coimisiún na Meán (formerly Broadcasting Authority of Ireland) has funded FuJo to undertake the analysis for the Irish report. Annual reports are available for: 2023, 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019, 20128, 2017, 2016, and 2015. ...

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