Category: Discussions

The Mary Raftery Award

Details of a new fund to commemorate the work of campaigning journalist and NUJ member Mary Raftery and to promote investigative journalism have been announced. The Mary Raftery Journalism Fund has been created as a result of an initiative by…

The Perfect Pitch: Dee O’Keeffe

Dee O’Keeffe is features editor with the Evening Herald. This article is based on her presentation at Freelance Forum 2012 on 24 September 2012. Before I tell you about my perfect pitch can I just say that I have a…

NUJ unease at Communications Clinic link to Irish Missionary Union

The Irish Secretary of the National Union of Journalists has called on the Chairman of the RTÉ Board, Tom Savage, to make a full statement on the involvement of the Communications Clinic in advising the Irish Missionary Union in relation…

What would you like to see at Freelance Forum 2012

Freelance Forum 2012 is now being planned, and as always, suggestions are welcomed for topics we should cover. One idea so far this year is to organise separate sessions for writers and photographers, as thwjile some topics (keeping accounts, copyright)…

Social Media: The Newbies Survey

I’m conducting a quick survey. What advice would you give to newbies (in particular, journalists) dipping their toe in the social media pool for the first time? Should they blog, open a twitter account, or would Facebook be a better…

Taking on the Media Barons

Remarks by Séamus Dooley, Irish Secretary, National Union of Journalists at “Taking on the Media Barons” seminar at Congress House, London on 17 March 2012. It is a great honour to be here today to take part in what I…

A personal opinion: Jobbridge

At the time of writing, a search of the JobBridge website for the word “journalist” brings up eight hits, ranging from national and provincial newspapers to a local radio station and several openings for the position of “online journalist”. The…

Not earning but learning

A former hack who is now a barrister tells me that business is very quiet at the Law Library, and that some of the more experienced practitioners are encouraging the newer ones  to make use of the down time. “If…

How to deal with plagiarism

So there you are, surfing the internet, when you come across a news website that looks familiar, and you realise its an article you wrote, or a photograph you took, or perhaps both. What do you do? I received just…