Eamonn O’Neill is a one of the UK’s most respected journalists specialising in investigations in print, broadcast and online platforms. His work has been recognised in major industry awards both nationally and internationally including: British Press Awards; Paul Foot Award for Investigative Journalism; BAFTA Awards (British Film and Television Academy); and most recently in the pre-eminent US-based IRE (Investigative Reporters & Editors) Awards – Special Category Tom Renner Award.
His articles have appeared in every broadsheet newspaper in the UK and on the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery Channel, and the Crime & Investigation Network. He has specialised in intelligence, crime and terrorism issues. He is noted for his work investigating miscarriage of justice cases and has presented conference papers, authored articles and consulted on training for students and professionals in this field. Eamonn graduated from Strathclyde in 1989 and worked full-time in the media, both nationally and internationally, until taking up his teaching position in 2002. He still regularly authors major articles for a range of media publications, he also presents, produces and acts as executive producer on broadcast documentary projects and he regularly appears on national and international television stations commenting on news and current affairs. For more information and recent work visit his professional site at: www.eamonnoneill.com
Eamonn’s doctorial thesis focussed on the impact which the Watergate crisis had on investigative journalism in both the UK and USA and he continues to research the development of investigative journalism, including its current usage of digital technology for newsgathering and publication.
Following his own 13 year investigation into the wrongful conviction of Scots prisoner Robert Brown, who was freed after 26 years in 2002 using evidence he uncovered, Eamonn is currently researching the historical/current links between investigative journalism and the overturning of miscarriages of justice. This also connects with Eamonn’s role as Director of the University of Strathclyde Innocence Project, the first of its kind in Scotland and part of the Innocence Network UK, an organisation of campus-based charities which allow students to investigate alleged cases of the innocent being wrongfully convicted. Eamonn is also researching and building new technology-based projects at Strathclyde aimed at advancing a campus-based not-for-profit model for investigative journalism in partnership with post-graduate students, philanthropic bodies and major media industry leaders internationally.