Dr Penny O'Donnell

BA (Hons) University of Melbourne, MA (Comm) Iberoamericana University, Mexico City, PhD University of Technology, Sydney

A20 - John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 3896

Biographical details

Dr Penny O'Donnell joined the University of Sydney's Department of Media and Communications in 2008 as Senior Lecturer in International Media and Journalism. Penny’s current research investigates employment trends and job loss in journalism around the world. She is a Chief Investigator on the New Beats Project (www.newbeatsblog.com), a five-year collaborative industry-university study of the aftermath of job loss in journalism, funded by an Australian Research Council Linkage Project LP140100341 (2014-2016), and Discovery Project DP150102675 (2015-2017). Recent publications can be found in Journalism, Journalism Practice, Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, Australian Journalism Review, and African Communication Research.

Research interests

  • Journalism theory
  • Professionalism
  • International media practice and cultural politics

Teaching and supervision

Consultation times: Wednesdays 12.30pm - 2.30pm and by appointment

Research degree completions:

  • Birhanu Olana Dirbaba: 'Negotiating identities: The professional self-perception of Ethiopian journalists'
  • Rachel Rowe: 'Radio that builds new worlds - Social movement media praxis as a way of interpreting processes of social change'

Associations

  • International Communications Association
  • Journalism Education Association of Australia
  • Editorial Advisory Board – Global Media Journal (Australian Edition)

Selected grants

2016

  • Transforming the Media and Communications (MECO) First Year Learning Experience: A pilot project; O'Donnell P, Watson L; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

2015

  • New Beats: mass redundancies and career change in Australian journalism; Zion L, Marjoribanks T, Ricketson M, O'Donnell P, Dodd A, Bradley K, Dobbie M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2014

  • New Beats: mass redundancies, career changes and the future of Australian journalism; Zion L, Marjoribanks T, Ricketson M, O'Donnell P, Dodd A, Rayner M, Bradley K, Dobbie M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

2011

  • Discipline Network: Journalism, Media and Communication; O'Donnell P, Dunn A, Breit R; Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC)..../Discipline Learning and Teaching Networks.

2009

  • From rivers of gold to the clickstream: Newspapers and quality journalism in the Internet Age; O'Donnell P, McKnight D, Este J, Tambiah T, Este J, McKnight D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Linkage Projects (LP).

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • O'Donnell, P. (2017). Journalism Education in Australia: Educating Journalists for Convergent, Cosmopolitan, and Uncertain News Environments. In Robyn S. Goodman & Elanie Steyn (Eds.), Global Journalism Education in the 21st Century: Challenges and Innovations, (pp. 17-40). Austin: Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.
  • O'Donnell, P. (2016). Getting Social: The Rise of Youth Media in Australia. In Andrew Dodd, Helen Sykes (Eds.), Media Innovation and Disruption, (pp. 85-96). Albert Park, Australia: Future Leaders.

Journals

  • Sherwood, M., O'Donnell, P. (2017). Once a Journalist, Always a Journalist? Industry Restructure, Job Loss and Professional Identity. Journalism Studies. [More Information]
  • Hanusch, F., Clifford, K., Davies, K., English, P., Fulton, J., Lindgren, M., O'Donnell, P., Price, J., Richards, I., Zion, L. (2016). For the Lifestyle and a Love of Creativity: Australian Students' Motivations for Studying Journalism. Media International Australia, 160(1), 101-113. [More Information]
  • Dirbaba, B., O'Donnell, P. (2016). Silent censor: The influence of authoritarian family socialisation on professional journalism in Ethiopia. Journalism, 17(7), 915-933. [More Information]
  • O'Donnell, P., Zion, L., Sherwood, M. (2016). Where do Journalists go after Newsroom Job Cuts? Journalism Practice, 10(1), 35-51. [More Information]
  • Zion, L., Dodd, A., Sherwood, M., O'Donnell, P., Marjoribanks, T., Ricketson, M. (2016). Working for less: the aftermath for journalists made redundant in Australia between 2012 and 2014. Communication Research and Practice, 2(2), 117-136. [More Information]
  • Hanusch, F., Clifford, K., Davies, K., English, P., Fulton, J., Lindgren, M., O'Donnell, P., Price, J., Richards, I., Zion, L. (2015). Australian journalism students' professional views and news consumption: results from a representative study. Australian Journalism Review, 37(1), 5-20.
  • O'Donnell, P., van Heekeren, M. (2015). JERAA@40: towards a history of the professional association of Australian journalism academics. Australian Journalism Review, 37(2), 3-20. [More Information]
  • O'Donnell, P., Hutchinson, J. (2015). Pushback journalism: Twitter, user engagement and journalism students' responses to The Australian. Australian Journalism Review, 37(1), 105-120.
  • O'Donnell, P. (2013). Journalism and Justice. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 10(2/3), 25-33.
  • Dirbaba, B., O'Donnell, P. (2013). The Double Talk of Manipulative Liberalism in Ethiopia: An Example of New Strategies of Media Repression. African Communication Research, 5(3), 283-312.
  • O'Donnell, P. (2009). Journalism, change and listening practices. Continuum, 23(4), 503-517. [More Information]
  • O'Donnell, P., Lloyd, J., Dreher, T. (2009). Listening, pathbuilding and continuations: a research agenda for the analysis of listening. Continuum, 23(4), 423-439. [More Information]
  • O'Donnell, P. (2009). That's gold! Thinking about excellence in Australian journalism. Australian Journalism Review, 31(2), 47-60.
  • O'Donnell, P. (2006). Introduction: A colloquium on journalism and cultural diversity. Australian Studies in Journalism, 16(189), 193.
  • O'Donnell, P. (2006). Journalism students and intergenerational change in journalism. Australian Journalism Review, 28(1), 23-42.
  • O'Donnell, P. (2003). Answering the critics: Another look at educational initiatives to improve reporting of Indigenous and cross-cultural issues. Australian Journalism Review, 25(2), 135-149.
  • Spurgeon, C., O'Donnell, P. (2003). Mapping the Media: 'Learner-Centred' orientation to graduate employability'. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 14, 147-155.
  • O'Donnell, P., Dreher, T. (2002). Teaching students to challenge the war-as-justice rhetoric. Feminist Media Studies, 2(1), 147-149.
  • O'Donnell, P. (2002). The odd couple?: Academic research and journalism education. Australian Studies in Journalism, 10/11, 58-83.

Edited Journals

  • O'Donnell, P., Lloyd, J., Dreher, T. (2009). Listening – new ways of engaging with media and culture. Continuum 23(4). Continuum, 23(4).

Conferences

  • O'Donnell, P. (2007). Journalism and Philosophy: Remembering Clem Lloyd. Australian Media Traditions 2007, Distance and Diversity: Reaching New Audiences, Bathurst, Australia: Charles Sturt University.

Textual Creative Works

  • McKnight, D., O'Donnell, P. (2011). Print is at the root of good news. The Age, 18 August, online, Melbourne, Australia: John Fairfax Group.

Other Works

  • McKnight, D., O'Donnell, P. (2011). Submission to the Independent Media Inquiry November 2011, Canberra, Australia: Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.

Other

  • Dwyer, T., Martin, F., O'Donnell, P. (2017), Submission to the Select Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism, Submission 44. June 2017.

Research Reports

  • Breit, R., Romano, A., O'Donnell, P., McLellan, T. (2015). Journalism, Media and Communication Network, (pp. 1 - 22). Sydney, Australia: Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. [More Information]
  • O'Donnell, P., McKnight, D., Este, J. (2012). Journalism at the Speed of Bytes: Australian Newspapers in the 21st Century, (pp. 4 - 43). Sydney, Australia: Walkley Foundation.

2017

  • O'Donnell, P. (2017). Journalism Education in Australia: Educating Journalists for Convergent, Cosmopolitan, and Uncertain News Environments. In Robyn S. Goodman & Elanie Steyn (Eds.), Global Journalism Education in the 21st Century: Challenges and Innovations, (pp. 17-40). Austin: Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas.
  • Sherwood, M., O'Donnell, P. (2017). Once a Journalist, Always a Journalist? Industry Restructure, Job Loss and Professional Identity. Journalism Studies. [More Information]
  • Dwyer, T., Martin, F., O'Donnell, P. (2017), Submission to the Select Committee on the Future of Public Interest Journalism, Submission 44. June 2017.

2016

  • Hanusch, F., Clifford, K., Davies, K., English, P., Fulton, J., Lindgren, M., O'Donnell, P., Price, J., Richards, I., Zion, L. (2016). For the Lifestyle and a Love of Creativity: Australian Students' Motivations for Studying Journalism. Media International Australia, 160(1), 101-113. [More Information]
  • O'Donnell, P. (2016). Getting Social: The Rise of Youth Media in Australia. In Andrew Dodd, Helen Sykes (Eds.), Media Innovation and Disruption, (pp. 85-96). Albert Park, Australia: Future Leaders.
  • Dirbaba, B., O'Donnell, P. (2016). Silent censor: The influence of authoritarian family socialisation on professional journalism in Ethiopia. Journalism, 17(7), 915-933. [More Information]
  • O'Donnell, P., Zion, L., Sherwood, M. (2016). Where do Journalists go after Newsroom Job Cuts? Journalism Practice, 10(1), 35-51. [More Information]
  • Zion, L., Dodd, A., Sherwood, M., O'Donnell, P., Marjoribanks, T., Ricketson, M. (2016). Working for less: the aftermath for journalists made redundant in Australia between 2012 and 2014. Communication Research and Practice, 2(2), 117-136. [More Information]

2015

  • Hanusch, F., Clifford, K., Davies, K., English, P., Fulton, J., Lindgren, M., O'Donnell, P., Price, J., Richards, I., Zion, L. (2015). Australian journalism students' professional views and news consumption: results from a representative study. Australian Journalism Review, 37(1), 5-20.
  • O'Donnell, P., van Heekeren, M. (2015). JERAA@40: towards a history of the professional association of Australian journalism academics. Australian Journalism Review, 37(2), 3-20. [More Information]
  • Breit, R., Romano, A., O'Donnell, P., McLellan, T. (2015). Journalism, Media and Communication Network, (pp. 1 - 22). Sydney, Australia: Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching. [More Information]
  • O'Donnell, P., Hutchinson, J. (2015). Pushback journalism: Twitter, user engagement and journalism students' responses to The Australian. Australian Journalism Review, 37(1), 105-120.

2013

  • O'Donnell, P. (2013). Journalism and Justice. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 10(2/3), 25-33.
  • Dirbaba, B., O'Donnell, P. (2013). The Double Talk of Manipulative Liberalism in Ethiopia: An Example of New Strategies of Media Repression. African Communication Research, 5(3), 283-312.

2012

  • O'Donnell, P., McKnight, D., Este, J. (2012). Journalism at the Speed of Bytes: Australian Newspapers in the 21st Century, (pp. 4 - 43). Sydney, Australia: Walkley Foundation.

2011

  • McKnight, D., O'Donnell, P. (2011). Submission to the Independent Media Inquiry November 2011, Canberra, Australia: Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy.
  • McKnight, D., O'Donnell, P. (2011). Print is at the root of good news. The Age, 18 August, online, Melbourne, Australia: John Fairfax Group.

2009

  • O'Donnell, P. (2009). Journalism, change and listening practices. Continuum, 23(4), 503-517. [More Information]
  • O'Donnell, P., Lloyd, J., Dreher, T. (2009). Listening – new ways of engaging with media and culture. Continuum 23(4). Continuum, 23(4).
  • O'Donnell, P., Lloyd, J., Dreher, T. (2009). Listening, pathbuilding and continuations: a research agenda for the analysis of listening. Continuum, 23(4), 423-439. [More Information]
  • O'Donnell, P. (2009). That's gold! Thinking about excellence in Australian journalism. Australian Journalism Review, 31(2), 47-60.

2007

  • O'Donnell, P. (2007). Journalism and Philosophy: Remembering Clem Lloyd. Australian Media Traditions 2007, Distance and Diversity: Reaching New Audiences, Bathurst, Australia: Charles Sturt University.

2006

  • O'Donnell, P. (2006). Introduction: A colloquium on journalism and cultural diversity. Australian Studies in Journalism, 16(189), 193.
  • O'Donnell, P. (2006). Journalism students and intergenerational change in journalism. Australian Journalism Review, 28(1), 23-42.

2003

  • O'Donnell, P. (2003). Answering the critics: Another look at educational initiatives to improve reporting of Indigenous and cross-cultural issues. Australian Journalism Review, 25(2), 135-149.
  • Spurgeon, C., O'Donnell, P. (2003). Mapping the Media: 'Learner-Centred' orientation to graduate employability'. Asia Pacific Media Educator, 14, 147-155.

2002

  • O'Donnell, P., Dreher, T. (2002). Teaching students to challenge the war-as-justice rhetoric. Feminist Media Studies, 2(1), 147-149.
  • O'Donnell, P. (2002). The odd couple?: Academic research and journalism education. Australian Studies in Journalism, 10/11, 58-83.

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