Earlier this summer, Fianna Fáil released a set of proposals for supporting quality newspaper journalism. But if newspapers are going to survive, they’re going to have to save themselves, rather than counting on the government.
Is Local Media Really Dying (and Would Anybody Care)?
When talk turns to the health of Ireland’s media, national publications and websites generally sop up much of the attention. But how are local and regional publications faring?
It's Written in Concrete, Reviewed
In his memoir, Seamus Kelly – founder of the Ballymun Concrete News – sets about convincing journalists and publishers of the need for positive news. It’s a hard sell, right now.
Sam: If the News Media's Credibility Weren't for Sale, the Government Couldn't Buy It
The extent of the government’s use of paid-for “articles” to spread its messages about Ireland 2040 and other policies is made clear in dozens of documents released by the Department of the Taoiseach.
Sam: The Government Doesn't Take the Freedom of Information Act Seriously
“If the government itself ignores the law when it’s inconvenient, can the rest of us do that too?” writes Sam Tranum.
Lois: Centra and Three.ie Are Supporting "Snuff Journalism", Even If Unintentionally
These companies are paying for adverts to run next to a Mail Online article exploiting the difficulties of a grieving, troubled woman. Is this really the kind of thing they want to associate their brands with?
Sam: Facebook Changes Challenge Small and Independent Publishers
Recent changes to what appears in your Facebook newsfeed are having a major impact on some small and independent media organisations in Ireland.
Podcast: Hate Speech, Mental Health, and Social Media
From the publication of hate speech, to the use of social media to draw readers into an addictive diet of endless news consumption, are news organisations hurting their readers?
Meet the Second and Third Spark Grant Winners
Kay Cairns and Sadhbh Walshe have each won €1,000 Spark Grants to report and write articles. These grants were funded by a donation from Dublin-based charitable trust The Nelson Settlement.
Meet the First Spark Grant Winner
Earlier this year, a group of 18 donors funded the first annual €1,000 Spark Grant, meant to support a freelance journalist in doing a great, in-depth, public-interest story. Now they’ve decided who they’re giving it to.
For Freelance Journalists in Ireland, Chasing Payments Can Be Frustrating
Being a freelance journalist in Ireland is tough: the pay is often low, and even worse, some publications are slow to pay – or don’t pay at all. What’s a freelancer to do?
Apply for a Spark Grant
We’re now accepting applications for this year’s crowd-funded €1,000 Spark Grant, which will go to a freelance journalist to help them write a great public-interest article.
Should Journalists Name Government Department Press Officers?
Most journalists would agree that the default position should be to name those we quote in our articles. But government spokespeople resist this, insisting on anonymity.
Sam: The Problem(s) with the Simon Cumbers Media Fund
The SCMF is a government-sponsored programme that pays Irish journalists to travel the world and tell us about it. So what’s wrong with that? Well, there are two things about it that bother me.
Sam: Irish Times Fails to Live up to Its Principles
How does the publication of Nicholas Pell’s op-ed and William Reville’s column fit with the paper’s pledges to discourage discrimination, promote tolerance, and oppose hatred?
In Search of Leo Sherlock's Pretty.ie Competition Winners
Here’s how we tried, but failed, to find any of the winners of the competitions run on Pretty.ie’s Facebook page since it was started.
Sam: How Journalists Should Cover the Hateful
If we exclude them, are we lying to you (by omission) about what Dublin’s really like? If we include them, are we legitimising and encouraging them? Is there any point in engaging with what they are saying?
Sam: Should Student Journalists Have to Study Journalism?
Student newspapers can have staffs of dozens, and circulations of thousands – but they may not require their journalists to have any formal journalism education or training.
Sam: Should Media Ever Use the Term "Pro-Life"?
Journalists shouldn’t necessarily describe people or groups in the way they ask to be described – especially if the terms they ask for are misleading.
Sam: Who Cares How Much Sex Millennials Are Having in Idaho?
Irish news sources regularly run articles on research done in other countries, but downplay this fact, leaving us to click before we realise it isn’t relevant to our lives.
A Quick Q&A with Irish Times Managing Director Liam Kavanagh
When the Irish Times recently published its accounts for 2015, they showed an operating loss of €1.1 million on turnover of €83.6 million. What’s next?
Are Irish Publications Ignoring Their Readers?
Among the talks that the Banter series presented at Beatyard on 30-31 July was one moderated by Dublin Inquirer managing editor Lois Kapila about the relationship between Irish publications and their readers, and how it could be improved. She was joined in the discussion by award-winning investigative journalist Gemma O’Doherty, DCU School of Communications PhD […]
Sam: Here's an Idea to Make the News Media Better
If we in the news media want to improve the journalism we are producing, we need to give ourselves the right incentives.
Sam: Steal This Article
Some journalists find, report and write the news. Others read these original reports and rewrite them, without giving credit or payment. Is that fair?
Sam: At the Irish Times, Ads Sometimes Masquerade as Journalism
The paper of record has run things in its print edition that appear to be independent journalism, but are in fact advertiser-sponsored content.
When Will RTÉ Finally Reflect Ireland?
RTE has said it will release a new diversity strategy in the coming months, but it’s unclear if it will lead to visible change at the station.
When Is It Okay for Journalists to Accept Gifts from Their Sources?
A PR company recently offered to send Dublin Inquirer a bottle of whiskey that they wanted us to write about.
Sam: The Dangers of Publishing Ads That Look Like News Articles
Many of Ireland’s major news outlets, from The Irish Times to The Journal, have turned to native advertising as a way to boost revenues. But at what cost?