about me

cropped-Site-header-KellyI’m an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations at Hofstra University where I teach journalism in the undergraduate and graduate program with a focus on social, data and multi-platform journalism.

I contribute to Poynter and Education Shift on social and data journalism and my research agenda explores the intersection of social media, journalism and politics. Over the past 10 years I’ve shared my research at journalism conferences in the U.S., Canada, Ireland and Scotland.

In 2010, I founded Hofstra’s award-winning student news site, Long Island Report drawing on my experience as the founding editor of IrishCentral. com, the industry-leading U.S.-based Irish web site.

With more than 25 years of senior editorial experience in both print and online media,  I have also created websites and social media strategies for news sites such as the Irish Voice newspaper and Irish America magazine and also non-profits such as the Rory Staunton Foundation, the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform and the Irish charity GOAL.

During my print career I worked at international newspaper titles including the Australian Financial Review (Fairfax) and Sydney Telegraph (News International) in Sydney, and the Sunday Independent, Irish Independent and Evening Herald in Ireland.