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    Never read the comments

    By Gerard Cunningham It’s one of the first pieces of advice journalists share about their online work, and perhaps an adage that someone ought to have passed to Labour senator Lorraine Higgins. Higgins is the sponsor of one of two private members bills before the Oireachtas at the moment, each seeking to deal with “cyberbullying” […]

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    John Murray goes quiet

    By Gerard Cunningham After five years John Murray would no longer be presenting his Radio 1 weekday morning show, from Friday 3 July. “The John Murray Show will come to a close”, the RTÉ statement stated simply. Brendan O’Connor would be taking over for July. Further details followed. Murray would return to Radio 1 in […]

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    Confessions of a Broadsheet addict

    Oh Broadsheet.ie! Where did you come from and why do I flit to you so reflexively? Why are the newspapers, which you for some reason call “De Newspapers”, suddenly so full of you? You are George Orwell for our Irish age. No concern needed, these post-modern days, to secure the “hearing” that motivated him: with […]

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    DABbling unpaid

    By Gerard Cunningham Trade unions within RTÉ are planning to challenge the broadcaster’s practice of using unpaid labour to keep its digital audio broadcasting (DAB) digital channels in operation, it has emerged. Radio communications manager Maureen Catterson has confirmed that 44 volunteers are currently rostered to produce content at a variety of locations for the […]

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    Up their own ileum

    By Michael Smith In 2013, I wrote in Village that Denis O’Brien, Ireland’s most powerful media owner was exercising an extraordinarily chilling effect on journalism and journalists after grossly negative findings against him in the Moriarty Tribunal. I detailed his litigious “promiscuity”: how a large number of Ireland’s best-known journalists including Eamon Dunphy, Sam Smyth, […]

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    Unthinking self-apologists

    By Gerard Cunningham If one thing was apparent from the parade of senior newspaper executives and editors before the Oireachtas banking inquiry and the subsequent opinion pieces, it is that newspaper-folk are far less upset at missing the bubble that at the idea that they did so because of anything the advertising department said. Take […]

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    So-so MoJo on the go-go

    By Gerard Cunningham At one point during his workshop at MoJoCon, the mobile- journalism conference organised by RTÉ in late March, BBC reporter Nick Garnett paused during his demonstration of the audio editing software he was using to edit the sound recordings he had made earlier. Garnett’s NoJo website opens with an impressive promise. “Recording […]

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