Masters students at the University of Limerick recently produced a news bulletin.
Tackling topics as diverse as racial issues at the University of Limerick, how small businesses are adapting to the Covid era, the story of a school reopening after flooding, and a feature piece on a champion swimmer.
Shannon Sweeney, Desk Editor for the bulletin, said “I am so proud of what we accomplished. Everyone gave that bulletin their all and as result produced some great packages. The stories we told were important community experiences. Reporting them as we did is what journalism is about.”
Lecturer in broadcast Journalism Dr Fergal Quinn said: “We are really pleased with how these bulletins came together. This is the first time myself and Audrey Galvin, our lecturer in radio, have run the new JM4058 Broadcast week module, which aims to build on basic Tv and radio skills learnt earlier by having students in the BA to produce real-time ‘live’ bulletins.”
“Last year at the beginning of the pandemic we ran TV newsdays entirely remotely. This year we were able to have some limited time on campus using our high-end studio equipment.”
“I think the experience was an accurate reflection of how broadcast multi media is going to be for some time to come – more remote working blended with limited studio access”
Discussing the work of the Master’s student, he added “our MA group is bigger than ever and they produced a very wide range of stories, including a tough one about the rise in racist behaviour on our campus. Our sports pathway students made sure there was a big emphasis on sport and the story about a Limerick swimmer who is making a return to top-level swimming after breaking his back is a standout.”
“The reporters, the studio technicians and editors really brought their A-games and all of us here in the journalism department in UL are very proud of them.”
“The talent coming out of this programme really is something! Keep an eye out for them!”