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Media Essentials: This Week’s Top Stories

January 30th, 2015 Posted in Apps, Broadcasting, entertainment, Internet, Media, Media Essentials, Online, Radio, Social Media, Social Network, Social Platforms, Technology No Comments


This week’s stories include ‘Q Local Media’ buying Belfast based ‘Citybeat’ from ‘CN Group’, Snapchat’s disappointing new update that has social media in an uproar, and the future of Irish newspapers.
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January 29th, 2015 Posted in Alison O'Connor, Ger Colleran, Ireland, Irish Journalists, jobs, Journalism, Kate Shanahan, Mediaflash, MediaHQ, Newspapers, Podcasts No Comments

MediaHQ-Logo-1-300x300Today released the third episode of our ‘Mediaflash’ podcast series. The topic of this show is the future of the Irish print industry and what’s ahead for newspapers in Ireland.

Alison O’Connor talks to our panel of experts about the topic, as well as having interviews with Patrick O’Donoghue of Gleneagle Hotel Group about a Hollywood icon visiting Killarney, and Ciaran Byrne & Martha Kearns from Storylab.

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Featured Journalist – Siobhán Maguire

January 28th, 2015 Posted in Campaign, Journalism, Mediaflash, Mediaflash Edition, Newspapers, Sunday Times No Comments

Anna Henderson @Anna_Hend

Siobhan MaguireOur featured journalist this week is Siobhán Maguire, senior news reporter specialising in consumer affairs for The Sunday Times. Siobhán also writes music reviews for the paper. She has been with the Sunday Times since September 2003.  Siobhán is a graduate of Dublin City University, holding a B.A. in Communication Studies. From there she began work with the Dublin People Group writing for the Northside People. Siobhán attributes her journalistic skills to her experience at the Dublin People Group.

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Twitter reacts to new Anton Savage Show

January 27th, 2015 Posted in Ireland, Media, Mediaflash Edition, Radio, Today FM, Twitter No Comments

imageRadio broadcaster and TV presenter Anton Savage has taken over Ray D’Arcy’s popular 9am weekday slot on Today FM. A regular stand in for The Ray D’Arcy Show, The Tubridy Show and The Last Word,  Anton also hosted Savage Sunday from 11am-1pm on Sundays, so he is no stranger to radio hot seat. He started out as a researcher for Today FM when the radio station was launched. Anton also presented on Ireland AM for just under a year as well as hosting The Sunday Business Show and The Apprentice spin-off show: ‘The Apprentice, You’re Fired!’ on TV3.

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Team behind the show: Ray D’Arcy Show

January 26th, 2015 Posted in Broadcasting, Media Changes, News, Mediaflash Edition, Radio, RTE No Comments

Anna Henderson: @Anna_Hend 

PB15002-139-620x434This week we take a look at the team behind the new RTÉ Radio One show ‘The Ray D’Arcy Show’. The Ray D’Arcy show airs from 15.00-16.30 Monday-Friday with the first show beginning on February 2nd.

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Storylab’s Ciaran Byrne pays tribute to the late Peter Carvosso

January 23rd, 2015 Posted in Ireland, Irish Independent, Journalism, Media, Mediaflash Edition, Peter Carvosso, SoundCloud, StoryLab No Comments

Peter CarvossoThis week the Irish media lost one of its great journalists as Peter Carvosso passed away, aged 67. Jack Murray sat down with Storylab’s Ciaran Byrne in Sligo recently and spoke about Peter’s love of journalism, eye for a headline and his passion for fishing.

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Media Essentials: This Week’s Top Stories

January 22nd, 2015 Posted in Claire Byrne, Internet, Ireland, Journalism, Media, Media Essentials, Mediaflash Edition, Newspapers, Online, RTE, The Sun, Today FM No Comments

This week’s top stories include the end of ‘Page 3′ in The Sun, ‘Claire Byrne Live’ is off to a flying start, and Today FM release their new television ad for ‘Shave or Dye’.

The Sun Scraps Page 3:

latestFor the first time in 44 years, photos of topless models were not published on page 3 in last friday’s copy of The Sun. It has been described as a huge success for feminist campaigners, who have been campaigning against the segment for years.

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Love is in the air: Media HQ Valentine’s list

January 21st, 2015 Posted in Irish Journalists, Journalism, Lists, Mediaflash Edition, MediaHQ, valentines No Comments

heartsIt’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again. Valentine’s Day is upon us and couples everywhere are gearing up in anticipation of the day of love. Valentine’s is all about treating the ones you love, spoiling them with gifts, taking them out to dinner, treating them to a night away, or just chilling out to watch a movie at the cinema. At MediaHQ we are feeling the love, and have put together an exclusive ‘Valentine’s list’ to make sure you’ve got everything covered for the big day.

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Featured Journalist: Cormac Bourke

January 20th, 2015 Posted in Irish Independent, Irish Journalists, Journalism, Media, Mediaflash Edition, Newspapers, Regional Newspapers No Comments

24c7287 This week we decided to take a look at Cormac Bourke, who was recently announced as the new editor of the Sunday Independent.

Cormac has been working with the Irish Independent since April 2007. He started out as an Assistant Editor, before becoming an Executive Political Editor for the paper. Prior to this, he had studied journalism at Dublin City University, before working as a health correspondent/news editor for the Irish Mail on Sunday, after he graduated in 1998. Bourke also gained experience by working for the regional paper, Dublin Daily, the Irish Herald and the Irish Daily Star.

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How to tell your brand’s story

January 19th, 2015 Posted in Branding, News, Mediaflash, Mediaflash Edition, Training No Comments

mHere at we believe storytelling is a core aspect to the success of any brand. The truth is we all have a favourite brand or product that we can instantly connect with positive feelings, experiences and emotions. There are specific reasons why we love the brands that we do, and why they do so well has a lot to do with they way they tell their story. A strong brand will increase good feelings, create fun and happiness, create a sense of adventure, endeavour and evoke comfort.

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