Staff profile - Colleen Murrell

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Dr Colleen Murrell

Position: Senior Lecturer
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Arts & Education
Department: School of Communication & Creative Arts
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Email: colleen.murrell@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

Colleen is a researcher and senior lecturer in Journalism at Deakin University in Melbourne. Her main fields of focus in research and teaching are international news and television news. In her previous career she worked for a number of international broadcasting organisations including the BBC, APTN and ITN where she was a foreign duty editor and international news editor. During her time as a journalist Colleen travelled widely in the Middle East and Europe. She has a PhD in Media & Communications, a Masters degree in International Journalism and a Bachelor's degree in French Studies. Colleen grew up in London and Brussels and moved to Australia from the UK in 1999.


Biography summary

Colleen is a researcher and senior lecturer in Journalism at Deakin University in Melbourne. Her main fields of focus in research and teaching are international news and television news. 


Career highlights

Since joining the academy Colleen has won a number of international grants, fellowships and prizes. These include:

2012 JERAA Mid Career Research Grant ($6,000).

2011 Competitive Academic Fellowship Oxford University - Reuters Institute
for the Study of Journalism.

2010 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to
Research: Early Career Researcher ($5,000).

2008 Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation (ALTC) for outstanding contributions to student learning ($10,000).

2008-present Judge for annual United Nations Media Awards in Australia (convenor of one of the panels).

2007 Erasmus Mundus Senior Fellowship in Journalism (13,000 Euros).

2007 Deakin University Award For Teaching Excellence. 

During my career in journalism, one of my most challenging jobs was being an international news editor in the start-up team of Associated Press Television News (1994-8). I also enjoyed working as a field producer for ITN, the BBC and APTN in the Middle East, Europe and the USA.


Affiliations

Centre for Citizienship & Globalisation, Deakin University; Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia; Asia Pacific Journalism Centre; Digital Media Industry
Forum (LCC, UK).


Professional activities

Joint Secretary, Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (2014).

Regular newspaper reviewer, ABC Breakfast TV (2014).

Judge - United Nations Media Awards in Australia (2008 - present).

Member of SCCA Research Committee, Deakin University (2013).

Steering Committee, Deakin/SBS Media Mentoring Program (2012).

Journalism Discipline Coordinator (2008).

Consultancy work - Asia Pacific Journalism Centre (2008-13).

Academic Progress & Discipline Committee (2004-7).

Academic

Teaching Interests

Television, radio, social media, international news and media & democracy.


Subjects and units currently teaching

Chair of ALJ318 (Radio), ALJ319 (Television). In 2015 I will be the Chair of a new postgraduate unit in International News. Guest lectures
into ACM701 (Global media and war) and AIP204 (Politics and the
Media).


Knowledge areas

International newsgathering, transnational broadcasting, public service broadcasting, 24-hour news, international news agencies, social media and newsgathering. 


Conferences and seminars

2013 'International newsgathering in closed communities on Facebook' JEA conference, Maroochydore.

2012 'ABC News 24: A study of limited resources and challenging newsgathering'. JEA conference, Melbourne.

2011 'Foreign Correspondents and fixers: the missing link'. The Oxford Media Research Seminar, University of Oxford - Reuters Institute (RISJ). 

2005-2010 Guest lectures on international news agencies. The University of Melbourne.

2009 'The Local and the Foreign: An Exploration of the News gathering Roles of the Fixer and the Correspondent in Todays Iraq'. ICA conference, Melbourne.

2008 'Foreign correspondence: autonomy and news production'. JEA conference, Wollongong.

2007 'Citizens at the gate: but whose news are they peddling?' Co-written with K. M. Oakham - Future of Newspapers, Cardiff.

2007 'Digital media in Australia' Futures Conference, London. 2007 'The role of the fixer'-Danish School of Journalism, Aarhus.

2007 'Podcasting and Journalism' ACODE conference, La Trobe.

2007 'Podcasting for teaching' at the Digital Showcase Symposium, VCA.

2006 'Interactive student podcasting: the emerging technology of choice' at JEAA conference, Auckland, NZ.

Awards

Awards and prizes

2011 Academic Fellowship (competitive), Oxford University - Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and Dept of Politics & International Relations.

2010 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Contribution to
Research: Early Career Researcher ($5,000).

2008 Australian Learning & Teaching Council Citation (ALTC) for
outstanding contributions to student learning ($10,000).

2007 European Union Erasmus Mundus Senior Fellowship in Journalism (13,000 Euros). Fellowship spent at City University, London.

2007 Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence ($5,000).


Research

Research projects

Colleen has a book coming out in 2015 on international newsgathering and the role of fixers (to be published by Routledge Research). She is also writing a paper on international newsgathering at ABC Australia and CBC-Radio Canada. Colleen is also involved in other research projects related to social media and international journalism.


Research interests

Foreign correspondence; crisis reporting; transnational
broadcasting; public service broadcasting; 24 hour news
stations; international news agencies; political reporting;
podcasting; social media; & verification of UGC.


Research grants

2012 JEAA Competitive Research Grant ($6,000).

2007 European Union Erasmus Mundus Senior Fellowship in Journalism (13,000 Euros).

2006 Co-recipient Deakin University Strategic Teaching & Learning Grant for podcasting ($30,000).

2004 Part of SCCA team STALG grant ($3,000)


Research groups

Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University. http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/ccg/index.php


Research page

https://www.deakin.edu.au/apps/research/find-a-researcher/16878/Dr-Colleen-Murrell


Publications

Publications

Murrell, C. (2015) Book to be published by Routledge on international newsgathering and the role of fixers.

Murrell, C. (2014). The Vulture Club: international newsgathering via Facebook. Australian Journalism Review. 36(1) pp 15-27

Murrell, C. (2013). ABC News 24 and BBC World: a study of limited resources and challenging newsgathering. Australian Journalism Review. 35(1) pp 83-96

Murrell, C. (2013). International Fixers: Cultural interpreters or ‘People Like Us’? Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communications Ethics. Vol 10, No 2/3. Pp 72-79

Murrell, C. (2011) Correspondents and fixers: an investigation of teamwork in international television news gathering. PhD thesis, University of Melbourne.

Murrell, C. (2011) Foreign Correspondents and Fixers: The Missing Link. Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism Research Series Lecture - podcast recorded for the University of Oxford. http://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/search?terms=colleen+murrell 

Murrell, C. (2010) Baghdad bureaux: an exploration of the inter-connected world of fixers and correspondents at the BBC and CNN. Media, War and Conflict, 3(2) p. 125-137 ISSN 1750-6352

Murrell, C. (2009) Fixers and foreign correspondents: news production and autonomy. Australian Journalism Review. Vol 31 (1) pp 5-17. July 2009. ISSN 08102686

Murrell, Colleen and Oakham, Katrina Mandy (2008) Gatekeepers : going, going, gone -the challenge of citizenship journalism to traditional practice, Australian journalism review, vol. 30, no. 2, pp. 11-21

Murrell, Colleen (2006) Interactive student podcasting: the emerging technology of choice, in Oosterman, Allison and Cocker, Alan (eds), Journalism downunder: the future of the media in the digital age. Proceedings of the 2nd joint JEANZ/JEA Conference, AUT


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