Ms Louise Byrne

Assistant Professor of International Journalism (part-time)

Louise Byrne

Louise Byrne

Louise Byrne has worked as a journalist in radio, television and print media, specialising in foreign affairs. During that time she has lived and worked in four continents, spending six years in Latin America where she was a foreign correspondent on retainer to The Observer newspaper in London.

She has worked on award-winning radio and television documentaries, and was Runner up in the ‘The Catherine Pakenham Award for Young Women Journalists’ with an article on Sri Lanka’s ethnic conflict.

Some of her most memorable assignments for print and television have been travelling clandestinely into Burma to interview Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, numerous visits to the Brazilian Amazon region to cover environmental issues, and reporting on aboriginal land rights protests in northern Australia. Her favourite radio work has involved interviewing some of the founders of the European Union, and others who helped lead the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War.

Media outlets she has worked for include: BBC Radio and Television, Channel 4, ABC Australia, Newsweek, The Irish Times, and The International Herald Tribune.

She has an MA in Mass Communications from the University of Leicester, and a BA in Social Anthropology from the London School of Economics and Political Science where she won a prize for her dissertation. She has been teaching journalism for the last 6 years, and is fluent in spoken Spanish and Portuguese, and less fluent in French.

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I teach on:
BA in International Journalism and Media
BA in Communications

Some of the courses I teach:

JRN 4200 – Introduction to Writing for Media and Journalism
JRN 4210  – History of Journalism
JRN 5200 –  Feature Writing
JRN 5205 –  Reporting and Investigative Journalism
JRN 5300 –  International Journalism
COM 3100 – Foundations in Mass Media & Communications

Research Interest & Expertise:
Louise’s main research interest and expertise is in media and diversity, media law and ethics, investigative journalism, history of journalism and literary journalism.