Dr Merryn

Dr Merryn Sherwood

Lecturer, Sports Journalism Coordinator

College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Communications and Media

HU2 324, Melbourne (Bundoora)

Research centres

Centre for Sport and Social Impact



Area of study


Brief profile

Merryn Sherwood is a former newspaper journalist, who has worked in the media space at major events including the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games, Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, the 2011 Rugby World Cup and the Australian Open. 

She has also worked as a media contractor for the International Triathlon Union, including driving the ITU’s social media channels at the London 2012 Olympic Games and editing Mind, Body, Soul - 25 Years of the International Triathlon Union, a limited edition book release to celebrate 25 years of the ITU’s history. 

She completed her PhD on the role of communications and media relations staff within Australian sports organisations at La Trobe University. Her research interests include journalism, newswork and sports media.

Research interests

Journalism Studies

- Newswork

Teaching units

Sports Reporting - JRN2SRP

Introduction to Sports Commentary - JRN1ISC

Journalism Research - JRN2JOR

Advanced Journalism and Design - JRN3AJD

Recent publications


Nicholson, M., Kerr, A., & Sherwood, M. (2015). Sports and the Media: Managing the Nexus (Second Edition). Routledge.

Book Sections

Sherwood, M, & Nicholson, M. (2013). Research Methodologies in Sport Communication. 84-96. In Handbook of Sport Communication, Edited by Paul M Pedersen. Routledge, New York.

Journal Articles

Google Scholar Profile

Sherwood, M., Osborne, A., Nicholson, M., & Sherry, E. (2016). Newswork, News Values, and Audience Considerations: Factors That Facilitate Media Coverage of Women’s Sports. Communication & Sport, 1–22. doi:10.1177/2167479516645535.

Sherwood, M., Nicholson, M. & Marjoribanks, T. (2016). Access, agenda building and information subsidies: Media relations in professional sport. International Review for the Sociology of Sport. doi: 10.1177/1012690216637631

Zion, L, Dodd, A; Sherwood, M; O’Donnell, P; Marjoribanks, T; & Ricketson, M. (2016). ‘Working for Less: the aftermath for journalists made redundant in Australia between 2012 and 2014.’ Communication Research and Practice. doi: 10.1080/22041451.2016.1185924

O'Donnell, P., Zion, L., & Sherwood, M. (2016). Where do journalists go after newsroom job cuts?. Journalism Practice. doi: 10.1080/17512786.2015.1017400

Sherwood, M., & Nicholson, M. (2013). Web 2.0 platforms and the work of newspaper sport journalists. Journalism, 14(7), 942–959. http://doi.org/10.1177/1464884912458662

Conference Presentations

Sherwood, M, & Nicholson, M. (2014). 'Australian Sports Communication Practitioners - A Profile of the Occupation.' Paper presented at the 7th International Association for Communication and Sport Summit, in New York City, NY on March 15, 2014.

Sherwood, M. (2013). 'The Mixed Zone: The role of Australian Sports Communication Practitioners in the Production of Sports News.' Presented at the 2013 Journalism Education Association of Australia conference. Mooloolaba, December 3.

Zion, L, & Sherwood, M. (2013). “New Beats: A study of Australian journalists who became redundant in 2012.” Presented at the 2013 Journalism Education Association of Australia conference. Mooloolaba, December 3.

Poster Presentations

Sherry, E. Sherwood, M. Osborne, A. Nicholson, M. “Women in the Sports Pages; New Solutions for Facilitating Media Coverage.” Poster presented at the 6th IWG World Conference on Women And Sport in Helsinki Finland, in June 13, 2014.

Non-Academic Publications

Sherwood, M (2014). Mind, Body, Soul – 25 Years of the International Triathlon Union. A limited edition book to celebrate 25 years of the International Federation for triathlon.

Research projects

Research Assistant with the New Beats project. This ARC-funded project explores the aftermath of journalism redundancies in Australia through surveys and interviews with journalists who took a redundancy package between 2012 and 2014.