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Featured Journalist- Sorcha Heron

November 25th, 2014 Posted in Blogs, Broadcasting, Content, Creativeity, Irish, Irish Journalists, Journalism, Media, Online, Radio, Social Media, Trans Media, Uncategorized No Comments

Sorcha HeronOur featured journalist this week is Newstalk 106-108 Digital Editor Sorcha Heron. She’s responsible for the radio station’s online content and social media strategy. A position she has held since 2013.

The UCD graduate joined Newstalk in 2005 as a researcher on the weekday lunch slot, Lunchtime with Eamon Keane. In addition Heron was part of the station’s editorial team which was awarded it’s PPI National Broadcasting License the following year. She worked as a producer on the National Station from 2008 which encompassed radio shows like Weekend Blend with Orla Barry and The Tom Dunne Show. Heron also independently produced a radio documentary titled ‘Last Hour: The Story of 9/11 First Victim’.


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Pitch the perfect story to journalists

November 24th, 2014 Posted in Bespoke, Ireland, Irish Journalists, Journalism, Media No Comments

1_pitch_madmen4Pitching your stories to journalists isn’t exactly the easiest thing in the world. It can be nerve wracking trying to get your idea across coherently and effectively. Getting your story to be snapped up by a journalist can be close to impossible without the proper skills and know how in order to stand out from the crowd.

Mediahq.com contains the most comprehensive collection of Irish journalists’ contacts and by building and managing this we understand how to successfully connect with Irish journalists. As Ireland’s leading media intelligence agency we deal with hundreds of clients, both big and small, and help them to pitch their stories to the media. Over 75,000 stories had been shared on Mediahq.com over the last few years. Using this experience we have come up with the top tips everybody needs to know before they pitch to a journalist.


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Media on the Move: Fergal O’Brien to leave Today FM for TV3

November 21st, 2014 Posted in Broadcasting, Irish Journalists, Journalism, Media, Mediacontact.ie News, Mediaflash Edition, Moves, Radio, Today FM, TV, TV3 No Comments

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

0b84ce2After almost a decade with Today FM, Fergal O’Brien is set to go from the airwaves to the television screen as he will join TV3 next month.

Fergal will be accustomed to his role in TV3′s News department as he spent the best part of ten years reading news bulletins and reporting the latest current affairs in the country for Today FM. Fergal has covered everything from general elections to a presidential election and has worked in the field, producing audio reports for the hourly bulletins on the national broadcasting radio station.
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Featured Journalist – Mark Coughlan

November 20th, 2014 Posted in Irish Journalists, Media, Mediacontact.ie News, Mediaflash Edition, RTE, TV No Comments

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

vGWEZFu1_400x400Our featured journalist this week is RTÉ Prime Time Reporter, Mark Coughlan. The Dublin native provides news and investigative VT packages for the flaghsip current affairs programme and has undertook various investigations and projects over the years. These include the field of dreams investigation in September, on the Department of Environment paying €500,000 for a sloped field outside a small town in the midlands. He also documented Ireland’s sheltered workshops, expenses given to politicians and the issues faced by homeless immigrants.
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Media HQ Food & WIne Lists: Endulge yourself this Christmas

November 19th, 2014 Posted in Irish, Irish Independent, Media, Mediacontact.ie News, Mediaflash Edition, MediaHQ, PR No Comments

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

11_ChristmasDinnerIt’s coming to that time of year again. The season of goodwill and festivities is only 5 weeks away. It’s the perfect time for families to spend time together and enjoy the joy and happiness that the Christmas holidays brings. One of the most appealing aspects of this time of year is that it’s usually an indicator to forget about waistlines and diets and indulge in some festive favourites like puddings, chocolates, turkey and mulled wine.

MediaHQ are already counting down the days until Christmas and for the season that’s in it, we have put together a range of food and drink lists to get you in the spirit and feeling jolly.
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Putting the news together at UTV Ireland

November 18th, 2014 Posted in Irish Journalists, Irish TV, Mediacontact.ie News, Mediaflash Edition, PR, TV, UTV Ireland No Comments

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

utv2It’s exactly 44 days from today until Irish television sees the debut of a brand new national broadcaster in the shape of UTV Ireland. The new station, which is set to launch on January 1st 2015, will attempt to rival both RTÉ and TV3 as the viewing wars will be hotly contested. UTV Ireland have so far assembled,  a team of highly talented and skilled professionals including Pat Kenny, Chris Donoghue and Mary Regan. More than half of the roles are now filled and the station is pressing ahead with its new website, app and the construction of UTV Ireland’s HQ at Macken House in Dublin.

Of course one of the most important elements of any TV station is the news team. UTV Ireland are yet to announce the completed news team but here are a few that have been confirmed:
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Essential tips for on-camera appearances

November 17th, 2014 Posted in Media, Mediacontact.ie News, Mediaflash Edition, PR Tips, Presentation No Comments

EX1Are you camera shy? Does the idea of an on-camera interview make your stomach turn? Well don’t let that hold you back. You and your organisation may have something unique, interesting and new to share with the world and you need to understand how to communicate this in the best way you can. Every day, there are hundreds of opportunities to tell your story through the media – you just have to know to best time to avail of theses opportunities. Due to the influence of digital media, audio and in particular, video interviews are becoming more and more popular. In order to get the most coverage you can for your company, and your story, you need to be able to tackle the on-camera interview.

Here at Mediacontact.ie we believe that expert voices should be heard. Our Galzac’s Guide to Expert Sources supports a community of experts whose voices we have amplified by making the media aware of their knowledge and experience. Through our understanding of business and media, we have come up with three top tips on how you can become an onscreen expert performer. If you want to learn more, come along to our course and you will soon be able to communicate your message on screen without a hitch.

 

Here are some of our top tips for on-camera appearances:
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Featured Journalist – Darren Frehill

November 14th, 2014 Posted in Irish Journalists, Media, Mediacontact.ie News, Mediaflash Edition, RTE, TV, TV3 No Comments

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

indexIt was a big weekend for Irish sport as Ireland took on Scotland in the Euro 2016 qualifier in Glasgow and Sunday afternoon saw Ireland take on Georgia in the second test of the Autumn Rugby Internationals. All eyes were on Celtic Park and the Aviva Stadium, as were those of our featured journalist, RTÉ sports broadcaster, Darren Frehill.


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Team behind the show: The Last Word with Matt Cooper

November 13th, 2014 Posted in Irish Journalists, Mediacontact.ie News, Mediaflash Edition, Radio No Comments

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

indexThis week, we take a look at the team behind Today FM’s flagship current affairs programme, The Last Word. The show, which is presented by Matt Cooper, is a two-and-a-half hour programme which analyses the main news stories of the day, with regular news bulletins, sport and the latest weather and traffic updates. The show is a strong forum for a number of issues revolving around Irish society today, and the show continues to be one of the most popular across Irish airwaves.

 

 


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Featured Journalist – Dick Ahlstrom

November 12th, 2014 Posted in Irish Journalists, Journalism, Mediacontact.ie News, Mediaflash Edition, Science No Comments

Conor Tivnan @conortivnan

imageOur featured journalist this week is Dick Ahlstrom, Science Editor with the Irish Times. A native of Philadelphia, Dick is a veteran and experienced journalist with the Irish Times, having joined the national newspaper as a staff writer in 1982. He was subsequently appointed Science Correspondent in 1986 and through his hard work and diligence, became Science Editor in 1997.

His weekly Science Today column presents complex scientific research and technological developments, with Dick putting his own unique take on matters. His role as Science Editor consists of filing science news reports for the various departments. He is also an assistant news editor, working on the newsdesk.

Dick also is an author of a book on Irish science ‘Flashes of Brilliance‘ which was published by the Royal Irish Academy, and which has won a number of awards. Dick is part of the British Association for the Advancement of Science and is a Life Member of the Royal Dublin Society.


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