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". See:
In 2022, Dr Murphy has been appointed Chair of the judging panel for The Orwell Society/National Union of Journalists Young Journalist's Award which is open to all journalism students and working journalists under 30 in the UK. The judging panel includes George Orwell's son and Patron of the Society, Richard Blair. Dr Murphy was an academic-practitioner advisor for the award, and a member of the judging panel, in 2021. See:
Dr Murphy's academic research has been interdisciplinary across journalism, literature, culture, and the arts. A number of his articles and essays offer fresh perspectives and insights into the works and lives of, and relation between, renowned 20th-century writers such as W.B. Yeats, George Orwell, T.S. Eliot and Wyndham Lewis — and feature images of Dr Murphy's discoveries in periodicals archives. Dr Murphy has also contributed to research on public (dis)trust in online news and on adjustments to journalism education amid the COVID-19 pandemic. His academic research has resulted in requests to peer-review academic articles as well as examine PhD theses.
Dr Murphy's wide-ranging research, teaching and thesis supervision interests include: Romantic, Victorian and Modern literature and periodicals; Anglo-Irish literature; literary and journalism theory; the history of literature and journalism; literary journalism; post/colonial contexts and writing; nationalism and national identity; literature and journalism produced under oppressive regimes; literature and journalism which tackle social injustice; instances of assault/imprisonment/killing of journalists and writers; and literary and journalism education and practice in a digital age of mis/disinformation and 'post-truth'.
At Bournemouth University, Dr Murphy is a member of the Narrative, Culture and Community Research Centre as well as the Journalism Education Research Group.
He is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK).