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School of Arts and Media

Dr Carole O'Reilly

Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies


Carole graduated from the National University of Ireland (Cork) with a BA (Hons) in English & Sociology.

After a period as a feature writer on various local and national newspapers and magazines, she undertook a Masters by research in Sociology at Cork, specialising in the history of newspaper ownership in Britain and Ireland. This was supplemented by visiting lecturer positions at Cork Institute of Technology and at NUI (Cork).

On the launch of the Open University in the Irish Republic in 1991, Carole was appointed the first tutor-counsellor in Social Sciences for the Cork region.

In 1993, she moved to Salford to take up the position of Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Salford University. After spending time as programme leader for BA (Hons) Media and Language with Business and BA (Hons) Television & Radio, Carole was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2003 and became Head of the Media Division in that year. She served as Associate Head of School (Teaching) for 2 years from 2007 to 2009.

Carole has served many higher education institutions as a consultant (Edge Hill University and University of Essex among them) and has been an external examiner at Liverpool John Moores University, University of East Anglia and the University of Bolton. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Communication, Culture and Media (CCM) research institute at Salford.

She was awarded a PhD in 2009 from the History department of Manchester Metropolitan University, for a thesis examining the influence of local newspaper reporting on the campaign for public parks in Manchester in the early Edwardian period.


Feature Writing; Journalism Studies; Critical Journalism Studies; War Reporting; Dissertation

PhD supervision x 4 students

Research Interests

History of urban journalism; social and cultural history; history of leisure and recreation

Qualifications and Memberships

2003: Fellow, Higher Education Academy

2009: PhD, Manchester Metropolitan University


The Greening of the City: Urban Parks and Public Leisure 1840-1939. Routledge, Studies in Cultural History, 2019.


Satire and the City: Visual Representation and Satirical Journalism in Nineteenth Century Satirical Periodicals in Beck, Andreas et al (eds.). Visual Design: the Periodical Page as a Designed Surface. Hannover: Wehrhahn Verlag, 2019, pp. 235 – 257.


The Wilkie Collins Journal, Volume 16 (2019) “Professional Identity and Social Capital: the Personal Networks of Victorian Popular Journalists”.


Media History (2018), Creating a Critical Civic Consciousness: Reporting Local Government in the Nineteenth Century Provincial Press.


Landscape History, vol. 38, no. 2 (2017) A Blot on the Landscape? Civic Memory and Municipal Public Parks in Early Twentieth Century Manchester, pp. 63-76.


‘Journalism and the Changing Act of Observation: Writing about Cities in the British Press 1880 – 1940’. In Aiello, Giorgia, Tarantino, Matteo and Oakley, Kate (eds.). “Communicating the City”; Peter Lang, 2017, pp. 3 – 16. ISBN 9781433137518


Journal of Historical Pragmatics, vol. 15, no. 2, (2014). ‘Dirt, death and disease’: newspaper discourses on public health in the construction of the modern British city, pp. 207-227. ISSN: 1566-5852