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    Facebook and Zuckerberg expand their search for new prey

    The cost of using social networks and email services may usually come without a financial price but most of us are aware that the companies providing these services expect something else in return: our information. That these technological superpowers gather, analyse and, ultimately, monetise this data is no longer a trade secret. In recent years, […]

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    Fidelma Healy-Memes

    By Gerard Cunningham If one story last month illustrated how far Irish media have to go in adapting to the speed at which stories develop online, it was the latest gaffe by Galway-based Fine Gael senator Fidelma Healy-Eames. Healy-Eames does not have a good record when it comes to the internet. So error prone has […]

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    Julien Mercille

    By Gerard Cunningham Dr Julien Mercille is a  lecturer in geography with the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy in UCD, working on US foreign policy, political economy and the economic crisis. He appeared before the Oireachtas committee of inquiry into the banking crisis inquiry during its module on media coverage of the property […]

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    Her-nalism

    By Lorraine Courtney At least one Sunday newspaper always adorns its male-dominated business section with an attractive, often skimpily dressed woman. The weekend lifestyle supplements of several Irish newspapers lean on their female correspondents to reveal their personal lives and ideally to remove as much clothing as possible for personal features. Stephanie Roche’s appearance at […]

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    Irish and Sunday Times seek quality behind paywall.

    By Gerard Cunningham. Ireland’s slow-motion media retreat from the open internet is set to accelerate in 2015, as the Irish Times rolls out its much talked-about subscription offer, joining the Sunday Business Post behind a paywall, though a more intriguing move this year may come from the Sunday Times, which is planning a seven-day Irish […]

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    Journalism must fight the next battle, not the last

    By Gerard Cunningham Getting it right next time” was the theme of the 15th Cleraun media conference, as academics and journalists jousted over what went wrong during the Celtic Tiger, whether the media could have done more to warn about the dangers of the boom, and what to do next time. Many felt commercial media […]

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