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Featured Journalist: Enda Cunningham

December 19th, 2014 Posted in Irish Times, Journalism, Media, Mediaflash, Mediaflash Edition, MediaHQ, Twitter No Comments

Our featured journalist this week is the Connacht Tribune’s Enda Cunningham. Enda has a wealth of experience when it comes to journalism, having previously worked  as a contributor for major national newspapers such as the Irish Times, The Irish Independent, the Irish Sun, and the Irish Examiner. He has also done a great deal of work in the broadcast sector, showcasing his talent on various radio stations including Newstalk, Today Fm, 4fm and Galway Bay FM.

Enda holds a degree in Communications, media studies and journalism from Griffith College Dublin. He has put his knowledge and experience to use by previously lecturing in the  popular Masters in journalism Course at NUI Galway.

Enda is very savvy when it comes to social media and online journalism, and is an active and engaging twitter user. You can follow him here on  @endacunningham Enda has actively created a strong social media presence for the Connacht Tribune Group and he regularly produces new and interesting video content.  He has won several awards for his achievements, including the Sunday Business Post Student of the Year Journalism Faculty Award 1997. Enda’s interests lie particularly in the areas of investigative journalism, current affairs, business and finance, planning and property. He also has a love of cinema and has been an avid movie critic with the Connacht Sentinel for over a decade.

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December 18th, 2014 Posted in Media, News, Mediaflash, MediaHQ, Podcasts, PR, Radio, RTE, TV, TV3, UTV Ireland No Comments

MediaHQ Logo today officially launched it’s first episode of it’s fortnightly podcast, ‘Mediaflash’. In the first episode we look at the imminent launch of UTV Ireland and discuss the effect that it might have on RTÉ and TV3. We’ll be joined on the show by Irish Times TV critic Bernice Harrison and Donnchadh O’Neill, Managing Director of Gibney Communications, who will also share their media highlights from 2014, as well as giving predictions for industry in the upcoming year.

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Michael Clifford wins Journalist of the Year at Vincent Browne Awards

December 17th, 2014 Posted in Awards, Irish Journalists, Journalism, Media, Vincent Browne No Comments

Screen shot 2014-12-17 at 09.31.30Last night in a slight deviation from his usual political awards, Vincent Browne handed out media awards.

Among the winners was Irish Examiner journalist Michael Clifford. Michael bagged two awards, one for story of the year and another for journalist of the year. Michael was awarded the honour for his excellent coverage of the recent Garda whistle-blowers controversy and the fallout that followed, including the resignation of Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

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December 17th, 2014 Posted in Ireland, Irish Journalists, Media, News, My Media, Online, Podcasts No Comments will be launching a new podcast, which will bring you all the latest news from around the media spectrum. The podcast is called ‘Mediaflash’ and will be brought to you every fortnight. The podcasts will focus on an in-depth analysis of the world of communications, journalism, public relations and the media. Tomorrow see’s the official launch of our very first podcast, and we will be continuously publishing many more in the New Year. In tomorrow’s edition our Managing Director Jack Murray speaks to Daniel Giacopelli about the success of Monocle 24 as an online radio platform.

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Metro Herald to print its final issue on Friday

December 16th, 2014 Posted in News, Mediaflash Edition, Newspapers, Regional Newspapers No Comments

imagesTHIRTEEN people face redundancy after the ‘Metro Herald’ announced it will publish its final issue both in print and online this Friday. Part time workers who distribute the paper will also be affected by the closure.

The Metro Herald is a free newspaper that was first published in 2010. It claimed to be “the only quality, daily free newspaper available in the capital.”

The idea of a free Irish newspaper started in 2005, and the Metro Herald was a product of the merging of two competitor papers, the Metro and Herald AM. It was created based on the European ‘Metro International’  brand that was used to update busy commuters with the latest news topics. The online version was launched in response to the ‘smartphone’ movement and for commuters who may not access a physical copy on a daily basis.
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A year in review: The top Irish stories and events of 2014

December 15th, 2014 Posted in Ireland, Irish, Irish Journalists, Irish TV, Mediaflash Edition, Viral No Comments

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

2014 was the year that brought the ups and downs of the Garth Brooks controversy, the trickles of Irish water and the resentful taste it left in the mouths of Irish people, a dramatic ending to the current Love/Hate series (spoiler below for boxset recipients!) and the year of the selfie. It was certainly a year that had no shortage of talking points and as we look forward to 2015, we take at look at the some of the top Irish stories and events of 2014.

garth-brooks1. Garth Brooks Controversy

Will he or won’t he be playing at Croke Park? In the end, it was not to be – in a tale that was little short of embarrassing. The famous Country singer dramatically abandoned five proposed concerts in Croke Park after pleas from the Taoiseach, the Mayor of Dublin and thousands of depressed and saddened devotees of Mr Brooks. Who would have thought?

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Featured Journalist: Evanne Ní Chuilinn

December 12th, 2014 Posted in Irish Journalists, Journalism, News, Mediaflash Edition, MediaHQ, RTE No Comments

0601989Evanne Ní Chuilinn, a Kilkenny native, is one of RTÉ’s long running sports journalists and presenters. Her work centres largely around sports coverage and broadcasting. At the moment, Evanne is a sports reporter and anchor for RTÉ’s flagship news programme the Six One News. She completed her bachelors degree in Communications at Dublin City University, before going on to gain a higher diploma in Journalism from NUI Galway. She is currently actively pursuing a Masters degree, alongside her busy career at RTÉ.

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Irish Times unveils a revamped Generation Emigration

December 11th, 2014 Posted in Ireland, Irish, Irish Times, Mediaflash Edition No Comments

imageWith Dublin Airport choc-a-bloc with families and loved ones coming home for the Christmas holidays, we thought there was no better time to take a look at one of the Irish Times’ most popular sections. Last month the paper unveiled its new, expanded Generation Emigration site, an online home away from home for the global Irish diaspora.

When the Times launched the Generation Emigration blog in October 2011, emigration in Ireland was at its height. Since then, many more people have left and while emigration has fallen, the community of Irish abroad continues to grow. Today, and with its latest rebrand, Generation Emigration has matured into a hub for all things emigration, bringing together news, features, destination guides and stories from around the world.

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Media Essentials: This Week’s Top Stories

December 10th, 2014 Posted in Bebo, Mediaflash Edition, Radio, RTE, Today FM, trends, Twitter, Video, Websites, WorldCup2014 No Comments

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

Marty Morrissey 12/5/2013This week’s stories include Marty Morrissey to fill in on RTÉ’s Mooney slot, what Ireland was talking about in 2014 on Twitter and the rebirth of Bebo. We’ve got the stories. Let’s get right into them!

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Ring in the New Year with our exciting 2015 bespoke Training Courses

December 9th, 2014 Posted in Course/Training, Creativeity, Media, News, Mediaflash Edition, MediaHQ, Training No Comments

indexIt’s hard to believe that another year is drawing to a close. 2014 has come and gone and people are looking to 2015  to start afresh and make the upcoming year a successful one. is delighted to announce the new bespoke training programme for 2015. This exciting schedule of courses features brand new and exclusive training programmes including: ‘Unlocking Creativity’ , ‘Crisis Ready’ and ‘How to run the perfect in-house communications team’.

Jack Murray CEO of said: “In 2015 we see a major shift back towards the fundamental skills of communications. The important questions will be – how to be creative, pitching to journalists, telling your story, getting the most from your team, and dealing with adversity.”

“We have devised 8 exciting courses to pique the interest of communications, marketing and HR managers who want their in-house teams to perform to the maximum in 2015. We can also train on a wide range of communications or social media topics depending on your needs,” he added.
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