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?
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: 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: 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.
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 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?