Aisling Moloney is a recent graduate from the BA in Journalism and New Media with Economics here in UL. She is currently a Presenter/Research RTÉ news2day, multi-media journalist at RTÉ News, as she speaks about her experience below.
Why did you choose UL/this course?
UL seemed like a great place to study, the campus, the facilities and the location; Limerick is a great choice for any student. The journalism course in UL seemed like it would really suit me, give me the space and the push to work on my own and flourish with the freedom the course gives through work placement and study abroad. The whole course mimics the working life of a journalist, you have to be a self-starter and work off your own initiative.
The whole course mimics the working life of a journalist, you have to be a self-starter and work off your own initiative
Describe your typical day
I start my day doing a report; visiting young people around the country who are doing extraordinary things. Working with a crew on the story, I have to interview the children and make sure to get all the necessary pieces for my story on news2day. I have to make a quick dash back to base to edit my story for the programme in the afternoon. Editing is definitely my favourite part of the day, it’s all consuming and I find myself in a creative flow, which I really enjoy. Then I head to makeup, and get ready to present the show, it’s all about making sure I know what’s going on in the programme. If we have a live guest you have to make sure they’re ok with what you’re going to be asking. There is a lot going on during the programme sometimes there’s multiple voices talking in my ear when I’m trying to present. Editing and presenting are just parts of a very busy job, I have make contacts, schedule my reports and search out interesting stories about young people nationwide. Every day I walk into work I nearly have to pinch myself that this is really my job, because I am living the dream.
Every day I walk into work I nearly have to pinch myself that this is really my job, because I am living the dream
In what way did your course prepare you for your career?
There was a lot of room to do your own thing and work off your own initiative, which is an essential part of being a working journalist. The period of co-op is an excellent way to get industry ready, and the study abroad is a great way to broaden your horizons.
Any memorable “firsts” at UL?
First time doing stand-up comedy, first time living in London and Australia, first time presenting a radio show.
Any advice for school leavers?
Be ambitious and don’t be sorry about it.
Note the course which Aisling studied has been renamed and is now called BA Journalism & Digital Communication. More information on the programme here