I’m an associate 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 digital journalism. I have 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.
My research agenda is focused on the hybrid norms emerging from the convergence of social media, journalism and politics and I am currently pursuing a PhD which explores how social media, specifically Twitter, is impacting journalism norms and routines in political reporting in three of the countries which make up the North Atlantic or “liberal” media system (Hallin & Mancini, 2004). As part of this research I have already made several well-received presentations in the U.S., Czech Republic, UK and Ireland.
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.
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.