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Full Professor in Journalism, Dublin City University

I am the lead researcher for the annual Reuters Digital News Report Ireland. I also research international newsgathering, conflict journalism, online violence and I teach radio, television and international news at Dublin City University and FuJo. Before moving to Ireland in 2020 I worked in Australia at Monash, Swinburne and Deakin universities and previously as a journalist at the ABC and SBS. My PhD is from the University of Melbourne and my Master's is from City, University of London. My PhD became a book: 'Foreign Correspondents and International Newsgathering: The Role of Fixers' (2015). I have won three internationally competitive research fellowships that have taken me to Oxford University, City University, and the LSE and am on the editorial boards of three academic journals. I grew up in London and Brussels and in my previous career I worked as a reporter, producer and news editor for a number of international news organisations including the BBC, ITN and AP. I am currently writing a book on BBC newsgathering and I tweet as @ivorytowerjourn.

Experience

  • 2020–present
    Full Professor , Dublin City University
  • 2018–2019
    Associate Professor , Swinburne University
  • 2016–2018
    Senior lecturer, Monash University
  • 2008–2016
    Senior lecturer, Deakin University
  • 2003–2008
    Lecturer, Deakin University
  • 1987–2002
    Journalist, BBC, ITN, APTN, ABC, SBS, TF1, CBC

Education

  • 2011 
    University of Melbourne , PhD, Media & Communications
  • 1986 
    City University, MA International Journalism

Publications

  • 2022
    Murrell C, Park K, Robbins D & Wheatley D. (2022 & 2021), Reuters Digital News Report Ireland (+100 pages)
  • 2021
    'Reporting Asia: Courtesy of Australian Philanthropy'., Australian Journalism Review, Vol 43(1)
  • 2020
    Martin, F. & Murrell, C. 'Negotiating the Conversation: How Journalists Learn to Interact with Audiences Online'. , Journalism Practice
  • 2020
    Martin, F. & Murrell, C. 'You need a thick skin in this game: Journalists' attitudes to resilience training as a strategy for combatting online violence'., Australian Journalism Review. Vol 42(1)
  • 2019
    Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, Ethical Dilemmas in Reporting Terrorism, Vol 18(4)
  • 2019
    The International Encyclopedia of Journalism Studies, Foreign Correspondents and Bureaus
  • 2019
    Journalism Studies, Fixers as Entrepreneurs, Vol 20(12)
  • 2018
    Murrell, C. & Rupar, V. 'Covering Terrorism Safely in France, Belgium, Russia, Australia the UK and USA. , Australian Journalism Review, Vol 40 (2).37-53
  • 2018
    Media, War and Conflict , The global television news agencies and their handling of user generated content video from Syria, Media, War & Conflict, Vol. 11, no. 3 (Sep 2018), pp. 289-308
  • 2017
    Media, War and Conflict , The global television news agencies and their handling of user generated content video from Syria, Online First
  • 2016
    The International Newsgathering Challenge for Public Service Australian and Canadian 24/7 TV Channels , S Cushion & R Sambrook (eds). The Future of 24-Hour News: New Directions, New Challenges. Peter Lang, New York.
  • 2016
    Guardian: Game of Editions. LSE Working Paper 39. ISSN: 1474-1938-1946, Media@LSE Working Paper Series - number 39. ISSN: 1474-1938-1946
  • 2015
    Foreign Correspondents and International Newsgathering: The Role of Fixers, Routledge Research in Journalism
  • 2014
    The Vulture Club: international newsgathering via Facebook, Australian Journalism Review
  • 2013
    International Fixers: Cultural interpreters or ‘People Like Us’? , Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communications Ethics
  • 2013
    ABC News 24 and BBC World: a study of limited resources and challenging newsgathering. , Australian Journalism Review
  • 2011
    Foreign Correspondents and fixers: an investigation of teamwork in television newsgathering, Melbourne University Doctoral Thesis
  • 2010
    Baghdad bureaux: an exploration of the inter-connected world of fixers and correspondents at the BBC and CNN. , Media, War and Conflict
  • 2009
    Fixers and foreign correspondents: news production and autonomy., Australian Journalism Review
  • 2008
    Gatekeepers : going, going, gone -the challenge of citizenship journalism to traditional practice., Australian journalism review
  • 2006
    Interactive student podcasting: the emerging technology of choice., Proceedings of the 2nd joint JEANZ/JEA Conference, AUT.

Grants and Contracts

  • 2023
    Research grant for writing the Reuters Digital News Report Ireland 2024-6
    Role:
    Lead Researcher
    Funding Source:
    Coimisiún na meán
  • 2020
    Research grant for writing the Reuters Digital News Report Ireland
    Role:
    Lead researcher
    Funding Source:
    Broadcasting Authority of Ireland
  • 2018
    Research grant (Internal)
    Role:
    Sole researcher
    Funding Source:
    Swinburne University
  • 2016
    Research grant (Internal)
    Role:
    Sole researcher
    Funding Source:
    Monash University
  • 2013
    Australian and Canadian public service broadcasting: an investigation of international newsgathering capabilities on restricted budgets.
    Role:
    Sole researcher
    Funding Source:
    JEAA
  • 2010
    Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research: Early Career Researcher.
    Role:
    ECR
    Funding Source:
    Deakin University
  • 2008
    Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation (ALTC) for outstanding contributions to student learning
    Role:
    Awardee
    Funding Source:
    ALTC
  • 2007
    European Union Erasmus Mundus Senior Journalism Fellowship
    Role:
    Research fellow
    Funding Source:
    European Union
  • 2006
    Strategic Teaching & Learning Grant
    Role:
    Co-researcher
    Funding Source:
    Deakin University
  • 2004
    Strategic Teaching & Learning Grant
    Role:
    Team researcher
    Funding Source:
    Deakin University

Professional Memberships

  • Journal of Applied Journalism and Media Studies, United Kingdom - Editorial Board
  • Australian Journalism Review - Editorial Board
  • Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics - Editorial Board
  • International Communications Association - Member
  • Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia - Executive (2014-19)
  • ECREA - Member
  • IAMCR - Member

Research Areas

  • Journalism Studies (190301)
  • Media Studies (200104)