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    Coming soon to your phone, and then everywhere

    A few years ago, as print media watched their subscription and circulation plummet, digital advocates were fond of reciting the adage of internet guru, Clay Shirky, that “no medium can survive the indifference of 25-year-olds”. The advocates had a simple solution. Readers didn’t care about paper and ink, they wanted content, so move the content […]

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    Skewed Irish Times asylum coverage

    The received narrative in a democracy is that there is an inherent adversarial relationship between politicians and civil servants on one side and journalists on the other. The job of the diligent journalist is to pursue transparency by scrutinising policy; they should hold government to account through critical engagement in order to arrive at the […]

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    Profile: Treasury Holdings and Johnny Ronan

    The Treasury boys are back.  Without Treasury. Great.  Richard Barrett is reported to be deploying two billion euro of investment in property and Johnny Ronan has paid Nama back and is back in business all  over town.  He’s even found time to make reference to Nazi slogans in pinpointing the injustice done to him by […]

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    A little misleading.

    By Gerard Cunningham One statistic itself betrays the problem with the readership statistics collected by Newsbrands Ireland (formerly National Newspapers of Ireland) in the most recent survey of Irish newspaper readers. Ten percent. That’s how much Irish Times readership is reported to have increased in the year to June 2015. The survey, carried out by […]

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    Times tables.

    By Gerard Cunningham For internet companies, UX is an integral part of the product. Done well, it’s invisible. The interplay of icons, taps and swiping actions on a smartphone screen. Point and click have been desktop metaphors on computers since the 1984 Macintosh introduced the world to graphical screens. Amazon one-click purchase is the exemplar. […]

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    RTÉ refuses Village O’ Brien ad

    Correspondence between Village‘s editor and RTÉ’s ad-clearance Department   Editor <editor@villagemagazine.ie> 5 Jun to Hi I hope all is  well with you. Can we please get this running as soon as possible on Radio 1 (I presume is ok!) and what slots are available? Village magazine, the only Irish-owned journal to publish  Catherine Murphy’s Dail  […]

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    Sophisticated but will not pay

    By Gerard Cunningham The Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2015 for Ireland gives an effective overview of who learns what where, here. The report describes Ireland as “a broadly engaged audience who are digitally immersed but with a substantial allegiance to traditional sources.” The report is produced in association with Dublin City University’s Institute for […]

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