Trinity College launch investigation after university newspaper admits secretly recording students

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has launched an investigation after a college paper admitted secretly recording students for an article. There are calls for funding to be pulled from The University Times after it reported the details of an initiation ceremony for an all-male, invite-only, sporting society …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 21 March]

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Galway students refunded after complaints about course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dozens of postgraduate journalism students at NUI Galway have received refunds worth thousands of euro over several years on foot of complaints over the quality of the course, it has emerged. The university’s complaints board upheld complaints and found they stemmed from issues such as difficulties replacing staff on sick leave and a poor standard of specialist equipment …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 31 July]

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NUIG apologises over ‘major problems’ with journalism course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The incoming Head of Journalism at NUI Galway has apologised to students over what he called ‘major problems’ in the BA Journalism course at the university. Current third and fourth year students in the course are to receive a refund of one years tuition fees after a complaint relating to the standard of the course was upheld …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 30 July]

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Student fees refunded on concern over quality of course

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on July 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dozens of journalism students at NUI Galway have been refunded their fees due to concerns over the quality of the course they were studying. Between 30 and 40 third- and fourth-year students on the undergraduate journalism programme have been refunded at a cost of more than €100,000 to the college …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Education journalism and entry to college

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“It won’t make me popular to say this but we have a problem with education journalism in this country. This morning there have been two articles, one in the Irish Times and one in the Examiner in which Philip Nolan, president of University of Maynooth, is given free rein to continue his campaign to make general entry the normal mode of entry to third level education …” (more)

[educationandstuff, 11 January]

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Former Irish Daily Star editor appointed Adjunct Professor of Journalism at UL

Posted in Teaching on October 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University of Limerick has appointed former editor and Managing Director of The Irish Daily Star, Ger Colleran as Adjunct Professor of Journalism. Mr Colleran will give master classes to UL’s Journalism and New Media students as part of his new role …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 25 October]

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DCU launches new Future Media and Journalism institute

Posted in Research on June 24th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“DCU has launched a new initiative called the Institute for Future Media and Journalism (FuJo) which will see students of the School of Communications learn new skills required in the profession.The institute will work to research the use of innovation in the digital space in journalism and social sciences …” (more)

[The College View, 24 June]

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Dobbo takes first lecture at UL

Posted in Teaching on February 12th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“RTÉ Six One News anchor Bryan Dobson yesterday gave his inaugural lecture as Adjunct Professor of Public Service Broadcast Journalism at the University of Limerick …” (more)

[Tomás Heneghan,, 12 February]

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Professor Dobbo: RTE news anchor gets three-year top job at University of Limerick

Posted in Teaching on June 25th, 2014 by steve

“RTÉ News anchor Bryan Dobson is off to college. Mr Dobson (53) has been appointed as Adjunct Professor of Public Service Broadcast Journalism at the University of Limerick (UL). He will take up his appointment on September 1 for a three-year period …” (more)

[Independent, 25 June]

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UL to host editor’s transition to professor

Posted in Governance and administration on January 18th, 2013 by steve

“The University of Limerick will host the inaugural lecture of Adjunct Professor of Journalism and former The Irish Times editor Geraldine Kennedy next month …” (more)

[Tom Felle, Limerick Post, 17 January]

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Can journalism count as an academic research output?

Posted in Research on January 9th, 2013 by steve

“Charlie Beckett argues that if we are to understand the potential value of any piece of research we should not circumscribe its audience by academic gate keeping. Ideally the academic will be the journalist, though it might be that there is a ‘translator’ or a special structure – such as a think-tank – that can act as the journalist for the research …” (more)

[Impact of Social Sciences, 9 January]


Kennedy appointed professor at UL

Posted in Teaching on August 14th, 2012 by steve

“Former editor of The Irish Times Geraldine Kennedy has been appointed as adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Limerick, along with Sunday Times columnist Justine McCarthy. The two women will work with journalism students on investigative journalism projects and newspaper production …” (more)

[Fiona Gartland, Irish Times, 14 August]

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The Irish Times and the God particle

Posted in Research on March 29th, 2012 by steve

“… However, I find the headline in The Irish Times quite inappropriate. It manages to trivialise both physics and religion, all in my name. I must say it takes a lot of the fun out of writing science for the public when editors superimpose headlines I am not comfortable with. This happens to me very often, and a journalist friend of mine tells me I am far too fussy …” (more)

[Antimatter, 29 March]

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DCU journalism course to allot more time to basic writing skills

Posted in Teaching on June 30th, 2011 by steve

“Declining literacy standards among school-leavers have prompted a Dublin university to allocate more time to the teaching of basic writing skills to first-year journalism students …” (more)

[Eoin Burke-Kennedy, Irish Times, 30 June]

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Questions raised over medical journals’ financial ties to industry

Posted in Research on October 27th, 2010 by steve

“Medical journals seeking to expose the financial ties of their authors ought to look in the mirror, the authors of a new study contend. They find that industry-funded clinical trials boost the prestige of medical journals, which also stand to profit from selling reprints of such papers …” (more)

[Ewen Callaway, Nature, 26 October]

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Reflections from Third Level Journalism

Posted in Teaching on April 26th, 2010 by steve

“I have reached the end of work with a third level journalism college and have some nagging thoughts about the skills many Honours graduates have when they finish their degrees. I’ve formed my opinion while working inside the system with the Higher Education Training and Awards Council as an external evaluator …” (more)

[Bernie Goldbach, Inside View, 26 April]

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Why Journalism shouldn’t be taught as a BA

Posted in Teaching on February 16th, 2009 by steve

“I posted here about Paul Bradshaw’s interesting video touching on the inflexibility of journalism education. I was surprised about this – until I started having more to do with journalism colleges. You’d think colleges and universities would be falling over themselves to offer what employers wanted. But it’s not quite so. Why should this be? I think there are several reasons: 1. Students pay for courses, not employers. It’s a very competitive education market, and colleges need to keep student numbers up. This means teaching what students enjoy and are interested in [nice layouts, cool web sites], rather than tough, boring things like, say, how to sub-edit rigorously …” (more)

[Freelance Unbound, 16 February]