Eamonn O'Neill

Eamonn ONeill

Dr Eamonn O'Neill

Associate Professor

Biography

I am Associate Professor in in Journalism in the SACI and an international award winning investigative journalist.

Education:

I took my undergraduate & postgraduate degrees at University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, where I was a Lecturer in Journalism & Prog. Director of MSc in Investigative Journalism 2002-16.

Professional Work:

I have researched, produced, directed & presented investigative productions for STV, Channel 4, BBC, Discovery, National Geographic & The Crime & Investigation Network.

My work has focused on crime, intelligence, terrorism & miscarriage of justice cases. My work on the latter category includes 13 years I spent investigating the Robert Brown case which ended with a 25-yr wrongful murder conviction being overturned by Court of Appeal, London, in November 2002.

My journalism has been honoured in national & international awards including: The Paul Foot Award; The British Press Awards; the Scottish BT Media Awards; and The British Film & Television Academy. I was the first British journalist to be awarded an American IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors) honour in the Special Award category for my lifetime’s investigative work on miscarriages of justice.

I have also been awarded certificates in the annual Teaching Excellence Awards, following nominations by his students for 7 years in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2019.

I founded Scotland’s first Innocence Project at University of Strathclyde in 2007-8 & Chaired national INUK conferences.

In July 2012, I joined the Council of JUSTICE Scotland. In April 2013 I also gave expert evidence to the Scottish Parliament and The House of Lords on Investigative Journalism.

I have chaired international conferences regularly for the International Network of Street Papers (INSP) which publishes the UK's 'Big Issue'.

Recently, I have investigated & presented investigations for BBC Radio Scotland. In May 2013 I presented a landmark 1hr BBC Radio 4 production ' Heroes and Hacks' on Watergate's 40th anniversary.

I regularly review the media on BBC Radio Scotland and contribute to various productions. I also collaborate with independent production companies, including Matchlight, who have optioned one of my Esquire magazine investigations for a feature film in collaboration with Creative Scotland.

Research Areas

News

Esteem

Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Expert Evidence to Scottish Parliament
  • Expert Evidence to House of Lords.

 

External Examining/Validations

  • City University London
  • University of Middlesex
  • PhD Examiner

 

Date


12 results

Media, Politics and Young People

Presentation / Conference
O'Neill, E. (2017, June)
Media, Politics and Young People. Presented at Association for Media Education Scotland - Annual Conference, Edinburgh
This keynote address reflected on the importance of young people in Scottish education being aware of the vital role the media plays in their lives; Asks how they can engage w...

Press Scrutiny and the Proposals for Security and Intelligence in an Independent Scotland.

Book Chapter
O'Neill, E. (2017)
Press Scrutiny and the Proposals for Security and Intelligence in an Independent Scotland. In Security in a Small Nation: Scotland, Democracy, Politics, (179-201). Open Book Publishers. https://doi.org/10.11647/OBP.0078
This chapter examines the scrutiny by the press in Scotland and the wider UK, before, during and after the publication of issues related to the proposals presented in the Scot...

Investigative Journalism post-print: Dead as a dodo or alive and kicking?

Book Chapter
O'Neill, E. (2016)
Investigative Journalism post-print: Dead as a dodo or alive and kicking?. In Last Words: How can journalism survive the decline of print?abramis
As print journalism sales in the UK continue to slide downwards, this chapter examines the state of investigative journalism, in both qualitative and quantitative terms.

Do we still follow the money? Or everything else?

Presentation / Conference
O'Neill, E. (2016, June)
Do we still follow the money? Or everything else?. Paper presented at Association for Journalism Education Summer Conference 2016, University of Newcastle, London Campus
This presentation examined the current state of investigative journalism approaches and techniques in the UK and international media and reflected on their links to current te...

A New Chilling Effect? Could Levenson Lead to Less Investigative Journalism Being Undertaken in the UK?

Book Chapter
O'Neill, E. (2013)
A New Chilling Effect? Could Levenson Lead to Less Investigative Journalism Being Undertaken in the UK?. In After Levenson?: The Future for British Journalismabramis
This chapter analysed the media landscape post-Levenson report to evaluate whether it could lead to a 'chilling effect' on investigative journalism in the UK.

Pushing at the Boundaries: Investigative Journalism and its Relationship to the Hacking Scandal

Book Chapter
O'Neill, E. (2012)
Pushing at the Boundaries: Investigative Journalism and its Relationship to the Hacking Scandal. In The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial, (224-237). abramis
This chapter studies the genre of investigative journalism and probed its relationship with the so-called 'phone hacking' scandal.

Is anybody there?: an assessment of investigative journalism in the UK's Local Press.

Book Chapter
O'Neill, E. (2012)
Is anybody there?: an assessment of investigative journalism in the UK's Local Press. In What Do We Mean by Local? Grassroots Journalism: Its Death and Rebirth, (166-173
Investigative Journalism as a genre within the UK's local press has always faced challenges and pressures. This chapter assesses where this mode of reporting currently stands ...

'"Am currently in Misrata...": Assessing the impact of the work and death of photojournalist Tim Hetherington.'

Book Chapter
O'Neill, E. (2011)
'"Am currently in Misrata...": Assessing the impact of the work and death of photojournalist Tim Hetherington.'. In Mirage in the Desert: Reporting the Arab Springabramis
This chapter assesses the work of visionary photojournalist Tim Hetherington, a British citizen who lived and worked in the USA, who was killed by shrapnel in the Libyan city ...

Have I Broken the Law?

Presentation / Conference
O'Neill, E. (2011, October)
Have I Broken the Law?. Paper presented at ‘Hackgate and its implications for communication ethics, investigative journalism and media regulation’. The annual conference of the Institute of Communication Ethics, London, UK
This conference paper analysed the complex laws surrounding investigative journalism in the UK and challenged some of the orthodox views surrounding practices and techniques j...

Digging Deeper: Reflecting on the Development and Teaching of Investigative Journalism in a University Setting in the United Kingdom

Book Chapter
O'Neill, E. (2011)
Digging Deeper: Reflecting on the Development and Teaching of Investigative Journalism in a University Setting in the United Kingdom. In Investigative Journalism: Dead or Alive?, (291-307). abramis
This chapter examined the status of investigative journalism in the UK, including work being done in the independent and online sectors.

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • PhD Supervisor.
  • PhD Reviewer and Viva Chair