Posts Tagged ‘ Media ’

News In Brief- Knowing Me, Knowing Who?


Rebekah Brooks (former News of the World) has said this week she didn’t know phone hacking was illegal and that she couldn’t have that fella’s croissant and his new Lamborghini without asking either. She may have known what the celebs were getting up to on their nights off but she didn’t know she wasn’t meant to know. Ah. God love her.

Similarly Peter Robinson, up north, didn’t know the PSNI had sent a letter to a Republican “on-the-run” to tell him he wasn’t wanted anymore. Peter immediately called for a judicial review and issued a threat to resign, a threat that sank faster than Jesus’ pint after forty days in the desert. Not that Peter’s threat actually meant anything to anyone, except perhaps his wife. Continue reading

Miliband Fuming As Reporter Crashes Private Memorial


Ed Miliband has written to Lord Rothermere, the proprietor of the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday newspapers to complain after a reporter showed up to a private memorial event uninvited.

The Labour Party leader is furious after the reporter , who has since been suspended , showed up and began pressing his grief stricken family for comments. Continue reading

Cobh Keeper Laments Media Ignorance


New Cobh Ramblers keeper Robert Birdsall has endured something of a culture shock since returning home from the UK. After his move here before the kick off for the 2013 season the Kerry native thought his league got a bit more media coverage than it does but admits he has rarely seen any. “I have never once read about a First Divison game in the newspaper.”

“I’ve read about Premier Division games and news but never read or heard anything about the first division. I’m not even sure sports writers know there’s still a first division.” Continue reading

Irish In Exile #2 : John Ward

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The fascinating details behind John Ward’s transition from IBM’s accounts department to his current career as a top communications professional proved to be an excellent indication of his ambition and determination – a determination that recently led to a move to London.

As John himself admits, however, the path he took to find his way to London was quite unorthodox.

“I think I’ve had the most bizarre route to my current career,” he says with a hint of amusement. Continue reading

Dublin Digital Scene Fuelled By Pump Station Studios

The business scene throughout the globe is undergoing a period of rapid change, consider it a try or die era. The rise of the internet over the past decade has brought about new threats and opportunities.

While the internet has led to the death of a plethora of businesses and indeed some industries, it has created a new marketplace in which modern day businesses and consumers can operate with relative ease.

The power of the internet knows no boundaries but the power of a business becomes somewhat limited if it fails to incorporate a digital strategy.

Eager to get a deeper insight into the workings of a digital strategy we sat down with Jason Hassett, co-founder of Pump Station Studios, an innovative software company that specializes in the development of web and mobile applications.     Continue reading

Newspaper Industry Treading In Dangerous Waters

bandwagonIn many parts of the world, Ireland and its people have become little more than a joke, just another lapdog to the leaders of Europe, a country which couldn’t handle money and could make a right mess of everything, riddled with corrupt politicians and general stupidity. The latest controversy to ensure the rest of the world keeps on laughing at Ireland and our backward ways surrounds the Irish newspaper industry and its surreal insistence that organisations who engage in posting links (no content) to industry members’ articles should pay a price (price list handily attached to each angry email should the recipient forget that the law is on their side or decide that they have money to needlessly burn). And this isn’t just being promulgated by small writers on the blogosphere, Forbes, the New York Observer, Slashdot and Techeye have all run with the story alongside other mainstream print and online media, though, most notably, Irish newspapers have been mysteriously ignoring this breaking story in favour of more customer-driven angles such as the revelation of Kim Kardashian’s pregnancy and Mario Balotelli’s shenanigans.

One of the biggest mistakes is clearly their misrepresentation of the law, which allows for fair use of material, and certainly for simply linking to an online article. According to the letters which are being sent out to organisations such as Women’s Aid, a charity for victims of domestic abuse, a ‘license’ is required should you wish to furnish your audience with a link to the National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) list of members, as published in a blog post by McGarr Solicitors, which is representing the charity pro bono against these claims. One would think that no organisation in their right mind would send such a demand without the full backing of the law behind them. But alas, the NNI doesn’t bother with any niggling annoyances like lawful cause, and merely makes these pronouncements with the full belief that those on the receiving end will simply bow down and comply with their wish – after all, are these not Ireland’s biggest newspapers? A statutory basis is only really of minor concern. Unfortunately for them, whether they like it or not, the law is on the side of those they want to extract money from. Section 39 of the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000 provides for a ‘Reproduction Right,’ though as McGarr Solicitors point out, no provisions are made for the owners of copyright regarding the publishing of links leading to their property. And just to top it off, they point out that member groups of Independent News & Media (INM) share similar terms and conditions, amongst which are the following words – ‘You are granted a limited license solely for your own personal, non-commercial use to refer to, bookmark or point to any page within this website,’ which will undoubtedly be removed from the website’s fine print as quickly as possible.

Besides the catastrophic decision to first target a not-for-profit women’s aid charity in an attempt to extract outrageous fees, their second mistake is their dismissal of the internet as a viable and functional alternative or colleague to print media. Let’s just follow a little logical thinking here for a minute. In a cash strapped climate, and particularly for not-for-profit organisations who have to manage their money as carefully as they can, the obvious choice here is to simply not bother linking to such content. The less links that exist online, the less traffic that is being driven to that particular website, the less people are likely to read online, which in turn can influence consumers at the news stand. And these newspapers won’t be the first to find this out the hard way. A battle is already raging within the publishing industry across Europe which has been going after search engine giant Google, in an attempt to force them to stop using their stories under Google’s ‘News’ feature. In Belgium, one such newspaper won their court battle and their stories were withdrawn from the search engine’s feature, the result being that the rate of traffic to their website plummeted dramatically. Now while the Irish media industry in this case isn’t going for such a radical approach, the result won’t be so different as they try to force other people to pay for increased traffic to their news sites. It just doesn’t make sense, does it?

Frank Cullen, coordinating director of the NNI, writing in the Irish Independent last November, made an impassioned plea for the right to copyright for Irish newspapers. A real fear, he stressed, was gripping the industry regarding the possibility of the government loosening copyright law in favour of the “rich and powerful technology firms.” Newspapers, he argues, have been a vital part of Irish life for the last two centuries, both in generating millions for the economy and part of “our democracy,” and as such, it seems, warrants an unmitigated trampling upon of the individual’s freedoms in favour of the organisation, which, as it generates much more money for the Irish economy, is surely more important. What Cullen seems to miss is that people’s attitudes towards the industry surely have an important role to play alongside the protection of their copyright. After all, alongside their advertisers, it’s the ordinary people who purchase these papers and make the industry their money.

The new maxim heard across the board is that the print media industry is dying. While this may not quite be the case just yet, things are certainly moving towards such a point with the proliferation of technology where users can get access to the news on phones, laptops and tablets without ever picking up a paper. But if the newspaper industry has its way, they’ll blindly slash and burn every bridge between themselves and survival in a bid to wrangle and squeeze every possible penny from any source possible and in the end, if this is the path they choose, few will be sorry.

Times Football Editor Provides Insight Into Life On Sports Desk

Last night was one of the busiest nights in the world of sports journalism as Chelsea travelled to Barcelona to face the Spanish side in the second leg of their Champions League semi final. Tony Evans, football editor of The Times took to Twitter (@TonyEvansTimes) to give the world an insight into the workings of life on a busy sports desk. Here is Tony in 140 charachters or less as he starts tweeting prior to kick off. . .

Settling in for big night at office. If anyone’s interested I’ll give rundown of timing these things-shows pressure reporters under.

We’ve got three in the Nou Camp, @OliverKayTimes, Matt Hughes and @RorySmithTimes. All will be writing in region of 1,000 words, file by 10pm.

We’ve already talked to page drawers. 2 plans, one if CFC win, one if lose. Normal time : paper off  10:10pm, E.T: 10.20pm, Pens: 10.35pm.

When copy is filed, it goes to sub-editor, who fits it, checks it and writes headline. Then a revise man, who checks again.

For 1st edition, @OliverKayTimes writes the match report (1,000), MH colour (900) and @RorySmithTimes has worst job in football writing.

Poor @RorySmithTimes has to do the match ratings for both sides. Then, he has to write the back page. Around, 1,000 words.

Everyone hates doing ratings. But reader feedback tells us people love them. A great debating point. All calm now.

And I assure you. No one has written a word yet.  

We’ll also have @TonyCascarino62 giving his verdict. He brings a pro’s eye to proceedings.

Spoke to the boys on the phone and discussed early ideas. Could all change by half-time. Have to be careful everyone doesn’t write same piece.

Some asking what I do. I decide who goes where. I select pics, rip the pages apart and start again, if need to and provide direction.

And scream blue murder if performance is not up to scratch. I can be very unpleasant.

Photographs are crucial to our coverage. Marc Aspland is in Barca. One of the best in the business.

I’m lucky. My boys pretty good in how they approach things. No huge egos. But, managing egos is another thing I have to do. Big part of job.

Bill Edgar is on alert for stats and tactical graphics. And other reporters on call if it goes mad. We’re set up. Now I got to the canteen.

Egos. Aspland hadn’t kept up to date on Twitter feed. Sent abusive text demanding namecheck! Those pics better be good.

Last email to Catalonia. File prompt.

A word about office: me, the night editor, chief sub, dep chief sub, revise man, 5 more subs, two page drawers, pic desk editor, 3 online.

Night editor looks at other sports, I focus on football. Also have @LansleyTimes at Villa Park.

Teams filed by@RorySmithTimes. Page drawers getting pics for ratings. 17 pages in section. None gone yet. Have to start shifting.

The next half hour is very much about watching. Having been with them, I suspect Kay and Hughes will start writing just before half-time.   

Now it gets interesting.

Conversation with Nou Camp to clarify thinking. Have to make sure we don’t have half a dozen Terry pieces in paper.

No extra time now. One variable gone. Of at 10:10.

Tone of game changed. Ordered up three new pieces. Already thinking about 2nd edition.

They are writing away furiously in Nou Camp. The copy needs to be in this office in less than an hour. The problem is catching right tone.

Monitoring email between boys in ground as they carve up information and work out who uses what. In an hour, the paper needs to be off.

First words from @OliverKayTimes drop. Ratings should not be far behind. They will be finalised on phone later.

Ratings here. Good work from @RorySmithTimes. They take a while to set up by the page drawers before they’re subbed. Nearly 700 words.

Already planning significant changes to 2nd edition. Short turnaround time. It goes off just after midnight. All hands to pump.

Cascarino filed. Back page filed. Took phone call from sports editor. `Be Bold`. Oh yeah…

Off in just over 20 min. Waiting to see back page pic. Plus loads of copy.

Starting to get edgy about copy. Phone calls begin shortly.

Matt Hughes filed.

Page drawer forgot to include a file. Quick change. @OliverKayTimes filed. All copy in.

Page drawers (we’re down to one) briefed on changes. 10 pages of changes. Off at 12.15. Working on tactical graphic.

5 min to deadline. 7 pages left. Get too late, I’ll get a spanking tomorrow.

Very close to getting off. 4 pages left.

Off at 10.15. Two hours to improve it.

Look at the dateline at top of pages tomorrow. If it says 1GM, you’ve got the edition that’s just gone.

Bloody graphics department told me their machines are not working. Great timing.

Now the boys in the Nou Camp are finishing with the managers and will talk to players in mixed zone. Then they rewrite with quotes.

I’ll need their words in just over an hour. One sub editor has gone home. More files to shift than before, less people.

To those who “don’t care” or “zzzzz” just unfollow, why bother telling me? Enough people are interested.

This is the worst time. Waiting for people to file. Going over and over again whether you’ve missed stuff. Miss it often and you don’t last.

Got graphic in. Up two floors to apply some pressure.

The sight of me on the bounce worked. They’re finding a way of doing the tactical graphic.

Copy dribbing in. I’m bogged down with really fidly stuff. Painful.

Graphic sorted. Things beginning to fall into place. Now to try and read some of this stuff.

Unusually we’re in much better shape than normal. We’ll definitely be off on time. Now I need to talk to boys

Find out what’s been said at the ground and discuss what we do tomorrow. I’ll leave a note for the morning crew before I leave.

So, even though this edition is some way off from finished , I’m already thinking about tomorrow.

Still nipping and tucking here. Changing one of the panels. Looking at pictures and headlines. Only waiting for one more piece.

Last piece just dropped. Now to find out about tomorrow.

Other papers have come in. Check our stuff against theirs.

7 pages to go. I’ll start emailing morning lot.

6 pages to go. Be out of here in 20 mins or so, I reckon.

All off. Missed last tube. As usual. Could get cab but will walk down for last bus. It’s nice to walk a mile or so after a night like this.

Home by 1.30, half hour’s exercise, a couple of beers and back in here just after midday. It’s better than real work. Goodnight


Media Ignorance Highlights Flaws In Irish Society

Have you ever heard the story about a country that was declared bankrupt and abolished all the debt incurred by mortgage holders so as to liberate their people from economic slavery? Chances are if you live in Ireland you haven’t heard this story because the powers that be have tried to stop this story from making the headlines.

Iceland is a country which has been saddled with debt in recent years leading to many banks going to the wall, their financial system going into meltdown and their people suffering the burden of debt. Yet the effects of successful protest are apparent for all to see as the government have bowed to pressure inflicted by the 300,000 strong population, who took to the streets, demanding that something be done about the debts incurred by buying houses at what turned out to be hugely inflated prices. A property bubble, where have I heard that one before.

Contrast the success of such protests with that of the protests held in Ireland and the results are strikingly different. The Icelandic government initiates a scheme whereby they have written down the debt of the population which seemingly has spurred economic recovery. Meanwhile the Irish government is quick to brand over one million of their population as law breaking criminals for not paying a ludicrous household charge. I assure you that every household in Ireland has already paid well over the odds for such a charge unknowingly. Stamp duty is in its essence a household charge.

There are no signs that the household charge will disappear and the Irish government maintain that those law breakers will be punished accordingly. As for those who have paid, they can look forward to shelling out a greater fee next year.

But you may ask yourself how come you never seen this story about the Icelandic debt burden been lifted on national television. The answer is simple. Take a look behind the well documented politics of RTE. The words semi state and public service broadcaster spring to mind. A public service entails providing the people with news, the very people who keep the station running by paying their TV license. RTE has failed and failed miserably. The political hierarchy within the organisation is quite clearly subscribing to the current government’s policies and initiatives and refuses to show anything that will suggest otherwise.

The Icelandic people have been liberated; the Irish remain enslaved, enslaved to a government of hardnosed, egotistical and socially inept politicians.