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UL Journalism graduate beats off stiff competition to secure RTÉ News job

RTE news2day Cillian and Zainab (2)
Cillian Sherlock and with Zainab Boladale

University of Limerick journalism graduate Cillian Sherlock has secured the post as presenter on the RTÉ news2day programme against stiff competition from journalism graduates nationwide.

News2day is RTÉ’s news service designed specifically for children, featuring Irish and international news of interest to a young audience.

Following a call out to media and journalism graduates across the country, and a comprehensive audition process, Cillian was chosen to join the team and began broadcasting live this week on RTÉ2 and RTÉ News Now.

University of Limerick Head of Journalism Mary Dundon congratulated Cillian on securing this job with our national broadcaster against tough competition from graduates from all the other Journalism colleges nationwide.

“The editors of national and local media organisations have told us that they need graduates with good analytical skills who can report across a range of multi-media platforms – Cillian’s appointment to this RTÉ post is testament to the fact that we are producing those graduates here in UL.”

Cillian was born in County Sligo, where some of his family still live in Gurteen, and he grew up in Claremorris, County Mayo. He studied Journalism and New Media at UL and graduated in 2017.

During his time in UL, Cillian was an outstanding student – he was the Production Editor of the Limerick Voice student newspaper distributed by the Limerick Leader in 2016; he won the Limerick Live 95 FM Best Radio Documentary Award in 2017 and he secured a Google News Lab Fellowship in 2017 to work with Independent Newspapers.

Since graduation he has worked as a Digital Journalist with Landmark Media in Cork and then moved to Dataminr as a Copyeditor until he secured the post with RTE this week.

Cillian Sherlock said:

“I was delighted and very surprised when I heard I got the job. I’ve always loved video as a means to tell stories so I hope to enhance and showcase the video production and presenting skills that I have already developed at the University of Limerick and in my previous employment.”

He is the second UL journalism graduate to secure the two year presenter contract post with RTE news2day programme. In 2013, UL journalism graduate, Orla Walsh from Shannon, also secured this post.

Cillian joins the current news2day presenter, Zainab Boladale, from Ennis, County Clare. Zainab studied journalism in Dublin City University (DCU), and previously worked as a digital news reporter.

News2day is broadcast Monday-Friday at 4.20pm on RTÉ2 and RTÉ News Now. In addition to young viewers tuning in at home, it is also watched online in many classrooms throughout the country and used as a teaching tool.

Watch Cillian and Zainab on news2day here: www.rte.ie/news2day and follow them on twitter at @news2dayRTE

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