A new partnership between the University of Limerick and the Irish Examiner has been launched, in which coursework produced by UL journalism students’ will be broadcast to a national audience.
Irish Examiner Digital Editor Dolan O’Hagan and Editorial Manager Diane McDermott revealed details of a competition in UL on Tuesday where 10 videos produced by students will be broadcast on Examiner.com, with the best one winning a €500 prize.
Expressing his delight at being involved in the initiative, Examiner Digital Editor Dolan O’Hagan said he was hopeful it was merely the beginning of a range of new and exciting projects and collaborations between both organisations.
He went on: “The challenge for all journalists is and will remain the development of quality journalism which informs, engages and entertains and which brings clarity and light to complex issues and dark places.
“Despite the business challenges it presents for news media companies the new digital reality has opened up so many new tools with which we can deliver even better journalism. That is why we are delighted to row in behind this project and highlight the video journalism being developed by UL journalism students as part of their studies.”
Head of Journalism in UL Fergal Quinn said the competition was an exciting opportunity for students.
“We are very excited about this partnership as it strengthens and deepens our connection with one of the key media industry leaders in Ireland.
“It also gives a national platform to some of the brilliant work being produced by our students as part of their modules here in UL the audience it deserves.
“An important element of how we train and assess our students is that they produce work that is of broadcastable standard and this competition is an ideal test of that requirement.
Irish Examiner Editorial manager Diane McDermott said the initiative was a continuation of a good relationship between UL and the Irish Examiner.
“We have always had a good working relationship with UL, and a number of students have joined our organisation following on from successful work placements. We look forward to building on that foundation in the future.”
Head of School of Culture and Communication Tadhg Ó hIfearnáin welcomed the initiative.
“This is exactly the kind of partnership we have sought to establish in journalism at UL. A marriage of learning and practical industry needs. Thanks to the Examiner for working with us on this and offering this generous prize.”