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UL Students Shortlisted for Smedia Awards

By Evie Kearney An Focal has been shortlisted in six categories at this year’s Student Media Awards (Smedias). University of Limerick publications received eighteen mentions in total, comprising of submissions from An Focal, ULFM, individual students, and Journalism@UL project Limerick Voice. An Focal Editor Paul Saunders was shortlisted for both Editor of the Year and Journalist of the Year while …


Profile of UL First Year Journallism and New Media Student Michaela Deane

By Elaine Holmes Michaela Deane, a first-year student in the University of Limerick, sat down on her bed in Drumroe Village as her hectic college day finally drew to a close. The Journalism and New Media student has always had a huge interest in writing, and always makes time for it in her busy schedule at university. Her love and …

The Search for Reason: A Talk by Fergal Keane, BBC Foreign Correspondent

Mr Keane stressed the importance of regional news and praised his time with the Limerick Leader over 30 years ago when he first entered the field of journalism. He sought to differentiate between the role of a journalist and the role of others in society. Mr Keane advised journalists entering the field for the first time to be careful not …

Journalism lecturer Kathryn Hayes reports on freelance journalism at International Reporting Conference

By Michaela Keating Foreign correspondents, media professionals and international journalism educators held a debate of the future of journalism at Macleay College’s inaugural International Reporting Conference on March 25. The meeting was based in Sydney, Australia across four different time zones, with many of the media professionals joining the debate through Skype. Speakers contributed from Washington, California, London and Limerick. …

RTÉ News Editor Hilary McGouran Talks To Journalism Students

“Journalism has come a long way from having enough 50p pieces for the payphone”, that is according to Hilary McGouran, Managing Editor of RTÉ Television News. Ms McGouran came to UL on Wednesday 11th March to give a lecture on the skills that young journalists require to make it in broadcasting. McGouran, the first woman managing editor in RTÉ, believes …