Dr Colleen Murrell is the Undergraduate Coordinator for the BA Journalism Major in the School of Media, Film and Journalism. She researches international newsgathering, public interest journalism, transnational television broadcasting, social media and analytics, global news agencies and terrorism coverage, and teaches broadcast journalism.
Colleen was brought up in London and Brussels. Before becoming an academic, she worked for a number of international news organisations including the BBC, ITN, Associated Press, SBS and the ABC as a producer, reporter, and news editor. She travelled widely as a field producer throughout the Middle East and Europe.
Colleen received a PhD in Media and Communications from the University of Melbourne. Her thesis examined how foreign correspondents and fixers worked together in crisis reporting. Colleen has written a number of journal articles related to this topic and a book that was published by Routledge in 2015 titled ‘Foreign Correspondents and International Newsgathering: The Role of Fixers.’
Colleen is widely published in national and international journals. She has been the recipient of competitive visiting research fellowships at the London School of Economics and Political Science (2015), the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford (2011) and City University in London (2007). She is co-secretary of the Journalism Education and Research Association of Australia (JERAA) and has been a judge for the United Nations Media Awards since 2008.
Colleen is the recipient of a Deakin University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Research (ECR); a national teaching award – the Australian Learning and Teaching Council ‘Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning’, and a Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence;
Colleen tweets on a range of media topics as @ivorytowerjourn