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Gerard Cunningham, freelance journalist and site owner

Freelance Forum Podcast Series 2020

Freelance Forum

Because of Covid restrictions, we had to cancel a planned Freelance Forum event in March. And it’s still not clear if the next Forum in October will go ahead. But in the meantime, we decided that the Covid crisis warranted…

Irish government must address Iconic newspapers’ behaviour

The NUJ has strongly criticised the behaviour of Iconic newspapers, one of Ireland’s largest newspaper groups, and calls for a more robust attitude to media ownership by the department of communications. The union is demanding that further media acquisations by FormPress…

European Journalism Covid-19 Support Fund

The European Journalism Centre (EJC) and the Facebook Journalism Project have launched a $3 million (£2.4m) fund to support community, local and regional European news organisations. EJC will prioritise providing grants for small and medium-sized news organisations supporting the communities…

Media must be supported in the public interest

The Irish Secretary of the National Union of Journalists has warned that many journalists in Ireland are fearful for their livelihood as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.  Séamus Dooley said that at a time when the public is…

Freelancers and COVID-19

Last Updated 28 March 2020 The quickest and easiest way to apply for the Covid-19 unemployment payment is through the Department of Social Protection online portal www.MyWelfare.ie. The Irish government has introduced a COVID-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment. This emergency payment is available both…

Freelance Forum Spring 2020

Due to the developing Covid-19 Coronavirus situation, a decision has been taken to postpone the Freelance Forum. An update will be issued once a new schedule has bene prepared. Freelance Forum is coming. The next Freelance Forum will take place…

NUJ concern at Court protests

The National Union of Journalists has expressed grave concern at disturbing scenes outside the courthouse in Derry today when journalists covering the appearance of a man accused of the murder of journalist Lyra McKee were subject to intimidation from protesters. Paul…

The Seven Ages; Like It or Not

Just go into a crowded room and proclaim, ‘All the world’s a stage’ and listen to the loud response, ‘And all the men and women merely players.’ Then the proceedings will turn into a maudlin feat of recall as the…

NUJ Tribute to Marian Finucane

The National Union of Journalists has paid tribute to RTÉ broadcaster and union member Marian Finucane who died suddenly at her home yesterday. She was aged 69 and recognised as a pioneering of Irish broadcasting who paved the way for…

NUJ shocked at BAI decision on Communicorp

The National Union of Journalists has expressed “grave disappointment” at the decision of the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland not to investigate interference in the editorial independence of their radio stations by Communicorp.  The decision was confirmed in a letter to…