Dr Colleen Murrell is the Undergraduate Coordinator for Journalism in the School of Media, Film and Journalism. She researches international newsgathering, transnational television broadcasting, social media newsgathering, global news agencies and terrorism coverage, and teaches broadcast journalism. Before her appointment at Monash University in June 2016, she worked at Deakin University in Melbourne, where she taught undergraduate radio and television and postgraduate international news.
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. During this time, she worked as a producer, reporter, and news editor. She travelled widely for work throughout the Middle East and Europe.
Colleen received a PhD in Media and Communications from the University of Melbourne (December 2011). Her thesis examined how foreign correspondents and fixers worked together in crisis reporting. Colleen has written several 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, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford and City University in London. 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.
In 2015-16 Colleen was a visiting research fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science in London. There she conducted two research projects – one on the digital editions of The Guardian newspaper, and one on television news agencies and Syrian UGC videos.
She is the recipient of a national teaching award – the Australian Learning and Teaching Council ‘Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning’ ($10,000), and a Deakin University Award for Teaching Excellence ($5,000).
Colleen is an avid user of social media and tweets on a range of media topics as @ivorytowerjourn