Jaron Murphy

Dr Jaron Murphy

  • Principal Academic in Communication, Journalism and Literature
  • 4th Floor, Weymouth House, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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Among several academic qualifications with distinction, Dr Jaron Murphy holds a DPhil in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford. He has extensive working experience in journalism internationally, encompassing both print and digital news, mostly in senior management and editorial/production roles (with leadership activity extending to staff and student training). His professional achievements include national awards for courageous investigative and hard news journalism, although his reporting and editing duties have covered many different beats (including world news, medical & health, business, courts & violent crime, councils & government, tourism, entertainment, communities, and sports).

In 2018, Dr Murphy appeared on the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) list of most respected journalists following research by Cardiff University which asked journalists working in the UK and Ireland "which living journalist they felt most embodies the values of journalism that they respect and adhere to"...


Journal Articles


  • Jackson, D. and Murphy, J., 2020. Google News and machine gatekeepers: algorithmic personalisation, filter bubbles and homogeneity in online news search. In: IAMCR Annual Conference 12-17 July 2020 Tampere.

Internet Publications


  • Murphy, J., 2014. The Arnoldian Element in Yeats's A Vision. PhD Thesis. University of Oxford, Faculty of English Language and Literature (Supervisor: Professor Bernard O'Donoghue).

PhD Students

  • Mr Maynard Manyowa. The Government, the Internet, and the Press: Inside Zimbabwe's Information War

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Investigative Journalism — Unit Leader, MA Multimedia Journalism

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Journalism and Society (formerly Media, Journalism and Society) — Unit Leader, BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism, Level 4
  • Dissertations — Tutor and Supervisor, BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism, Level 6
  • Media: Messages and Meanings — Unit Leader, BA (Hons) Communication and Media, Level 5
  • Professional Placement — Tutor, BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism, Level 6
  • Academic Advisor — BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism, Level 4
  • Level Tutor — BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism, Level 5
  • NCTJ units and exams — Tutor, BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism; Levels 4, 5 and 6
  • Introduction to Communication Theory — Unit Leader, BA (Hons) Communication and Media, Level 4
  • Level Tutor — BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism, Level 4
  • PATHWAY LEADER — BA (Hons) Multimedia Journalism; Levels 4, 5 and 6

External Responsibilities

  • Open Cultural Studies journal, Article Peer Reviewer [T.S. Eliot] (2022-), https://www.degruyter.com/journal/key/culture/html?lang=en
  • Northumbria University, PhD thesis on Creative Non-Fiction, External Examiner [viva date TBC] (2022-)
  • KULA (Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies) journal, Article Peer Reviewer [Journalism Education] (2021-)
  • Bournemouth University (BU) Department of Communication & Journalism and National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ, course accreditation body), BU-NCTJ Academic Relationship Manager (2020-), https://www.nctj.com/
  • NCTJ National Exams Centre co-ordinator [2017], Southampton

Internal Responsibilities

  • Internal Examiner in Literature for PhD thesis on Samuel Beckett (viva date: 14 December 2017), Southampton Solent University

Public Engagement & Outreach Activities

  • BU Academic Lead, Literary Journalism Map and Website Project: a partnership with Dutch journalist Roderick Nieuwenhuis to 'rehome' and develop The Times Literary Supplement (TLS) online map of writers' homes in the UK in collaboration with students, academics, communities and organisations. https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/literary-map-writers-homes/
  • Judge and academic-practitioner advisor for the Orwell Society's UK-wide Young Journalist's Award 2021. The judging panel includes George Orwell's son and Patron of the Orwell Society, Richard Blair. Open to all journalism students and working journalists under 30. Prize total: £3000. SEE: https://orwellsociety.com/bursary/orwell-society-journalism-bursary-2020/ AND: https://orwellsociety.com/bursary/nicholas-harris-wins-the-orwell-society-2021-young-journalists-award/
  • Dr Murphy has been appointed Chair of the Young Journalist's Award judging panel for 2022. The entry deadline is 8 April and the panel consists of: Richard Blair (Patron of The Orwell Society and Orwell’s son); Chair — Jaron Murphy (Senior Lecturer in Communication, Journalism and Literature; Bournemouth University); Ann Kronbergs (Education Officer, The Orwell Society); Elizabeth Howcroft (Young Journalist’s Award winner 2019 and Financial Journalist, Reuters); Frances Rafferty (Senior Editorial and Communications Officer, NUJ); Angela Smith (Professor of Language and Culture, University of Sunderland).

Conference Presentations

  • Critical Orwell conference: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/edacs/departments/english/events/2022/critical-orwell.aspx, Murphy, Jaron, University of Bournemouth, UK, Why Orwell Still Matters: The Trust Crisis in Journalism in the Digital Age, 12 Apr 2022, Online
  • Critical Orwell Conference, Why Orwell Still Matters: The Trust Crisis in Journalism in the Digital Age, 12 Apr 2022, University of Birmingham
  • IAMCR Online 2020 [International Association for Media and Communication Research]. Journalism in a Digital Era: https://iamcr.org/node/13945. Journalism Research and Education Section — JRE: https://iamcr.org/tampere2020/abstract-books, p54. Abstract: https://iamcr.org/node/13450, Google News and Machine Gatekeepers: Algorithmic Personalisation, Filter Bubbles and Homogeneity in Online News Search [Bournemouth University: Daniel Jackson, Ryan Evans, Jaron Murphy, Einar Thorsen], 12 Jul 2020, Tampere University, Finland [online, international]
  • AJE Virtual Summer Conference [Association for Journalism Education]: https://ajeuk.org/aje-2020-online-conference-watch-the-sessions-and-see-our-speakers-slides-here/, Collective Reflections on the Shifting Shape of Journalism Education in the Covid-19 Crisis [Bournemouth University: Journalism Education Research Group], 19 Jun 2020, UK [online, international]
  • The Trust Project Challenge ‘hackathon’ [Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University, https://thetrustproject.org/], Research Findings — Trust Indicators and Prototypes [Metropolitan vs Regional]: https://thetrustproject.org/user-interviews-research-and-reports/, https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-38181158, 29 Nov 2016, London [UK and international]


  • Fellow in Higher Education Teaching (HEA, 2017)
  • DPhil in English Language and Literature (Oxford University, 2014)
  • Associate Fellow in Higher Education Teaching (HEA, 2013)
  • MA in English Language and Literature (summa cum laude, 2007)
  • NQF4 in Project Management Foundations (2006)
  • BA (Hons) in English Language and Literature (summa cum laude, 2002)
  • BA in English and Communication (majors with distinction in English, 2000)
  • National Diploma in Journalism (cum laude, 1997)


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