about me

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Incoming director of global media and communication programme at National University Ireland Galway and also lecturer in journalism (social media) where I teach in the undergraduate and graduate programmes with a focus on social and digital journalism and media theory.

My research agenda is focused on the ways in which social media have impacted journalism norms and routines, particularly around political journalism in the countries of the North Atlantic or “liberal” media system (Hallin & Mancini, 2004) and I am currently close to finishing a PhD in this topic.  My research into journalists’ use of Twitter and demonstrated patterns of homophily in political journalism has been published here and I am also working on news organisation attitudes to social media as evidenced in their social media guidelines as well as actionable research for new and student journalists around best practice and self protection on  social media. As part of this research I have already made several well-received presentations in the U.S., Czech Republic, UK and Ireland.

Formerly tenured associate professor in the Department of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations at Hofstra University on Long Island in New York (2010 – 2020) where I created several new courses at both undergraduate and post-graduate level to help students prepare for the hybrid media industry in social media, data journalism and multi-platform storytelling.

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, and also my non-profit work for organizations such as the Rory Staunton Foundation, the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform and the Irish charity GOAL, where I created websites and social media strategies for the organizations.

With  more than 25 years of senior editorial experience in both print and online media, I have also written about the changes in the media industry and media education for  Poynter and Education Shift

Before switching to digital in 2000, and then academia in 2008, I worked at international newspaper titles including the Australian Financial Review (Fairfax) and Sydney Telegraph (News International) in Sydney; the Sunday Independent, Irish Independent and Evening Herald in Ireland and the Irish Voice newspaper and Irish America magazine in New York.