March 3, 2015

Media law and digital source authentication

A one-day training event organised and subsidised by NUJ South West in partnership with the West of Ireland branch.
Location: West County Hotel, Ennis, Co Clare
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016

Journalists, new media and the law
Andrea Martin, principal of MediaLawyer Solicitors, one of Ireland’s only specialist media and entertainment legal practices, will deliver a workshop on law and social media, copyright, privacy and other legal issues surrounding new media as well as a short addendum in relation to family law reporting. Andrea has previously worked as in-house legal advisor in RTE and as locum in-house solicitor at TG4. She is author of Quick Win Media Law Ireland: Answers to your top 100 Media Law Questions.
Time 10am – 1pm


Journalism in the digital space
PhD candidate in Digital Learning at the Clinton Institute for American Studies, UCD and former Head of Digital Marketing Education at The Shaw Academy, Matthew Wall will deliver a three-hour workshop on social media, source authentication in the digital space, EXIF data mining, HTML authenitication and location-based analysis of online data. Images, video, and text forms will be covered, as well as several software tools that can be used to speed this process along through large scale automation.The workshop will conclude with case studies and practical exercises.
Time 2pm – 5pm

Places are strictly limited and bookings are now being accepted.

To reserve your place send your name and phone number, indicating which event(s) you want to attend, to
If the course is oversubscribed, a waiting list will be compiled.

Fees: €10 registration fee per event
(€20 for the full day)
€15 student/concession


July 25, 2015

NUJ South West Freelance Directory launch 23-7-2015 Minister for Education Jan O'Sullivan T.D. officially launching the on line NUJ South West Freelance Directory in the company of Colm Ward, chairman of the NUJ South West , Seamus Dooley, Irish Secretary of the NUJ and Gerry Curran, Cathaoirleach of the Irish NUJ in the Culture House, Pery Square, Limerick Picture by Dave Gaynor
Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan T.D. officially launching the on line NUJ South West Freelance Directory in the company of Colm Ward, chairman of the NUJ South West , Seamus Dooley, Irish Secretary of the NUJ and Gerry Curran, Cathaoirleach of the Irish NUJ in the Culture House, Pery Square, Limerick Picture by Dave Gaynor

A new online directory of freelance journalists and photographers produced by the Irish South-West Branch of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) was launched in Limerick by the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan T.D.

The first of its kind in Ireland, the new website,, aims to provide a showcase for the Branch’s freelance members, who are all professional journalists and photographers. It is intended to be a one-stop-shop for any organisations or individuals seeking the services of a professional journalist or photographer in the region.

Minister O’Sullivan complimented the South-West Branch of the NUJ on its initiative in developing the directory. “The directory is sleek, accessible and easy to use. It does exactly what it say on the tin and will allow the public, commissioning editors or busy news desks to instantly access the information they need.

“In that way the directory is a great resource for NUJ South-West members who work freelance and will hopefully ensure greater prominence and more commissions for the talented group of journalists and photographers that we have here in the South-West,” the Minister commented.

Minister O’Sullivan acknowledged that the traditional media sector had experienced a “perfect storm” in recent years due to falling advertising revenue, slipping readership figures and technological changes. “Although the methods of publication and consumption are changing rapidly, the principles of good journalism have not changed. Indeed, a credible argument can be made that they are probably needed now more than ever.

“One of the great attributes of newspapers has been trust. You trust the journalists, the editorial team, the culture of a news organisation. As more and more information becomes available, I strongly believe that the issue of trust will again become central for consumers of news. That is why there is a bright future for journalism in Ireland. The skills of professional, ethical journalists and photographers, such as those represented by the National Union of Journalists, should not be outsourced or replaced by an app,” Minister O’Sullivan said.

Branch Chairman Colm Ward thanked Minister Jan O’Sullivan for launching the initiative, noting that the Minister’s late father, Ted Gale, was a prominent Limerick journalist and active member of the South-West branch. Mr Ward stated: “Our freelance members – both journalists and photographers – are a vital part of our union and of our branch and we are very proud to be able to launch this directory outlining the great range of skills and experiences that they offer.

“As well as being a virtual shop window for their services, I also believe it will become a valuable resource for editors, public relations professionals, business organisations or any other groups who use the services of freelance journalists and photographers. Through their membership of the NUJ, the people listed here have firmly demonstrated their professionalism and their commitment to quality, ethical journalism.”

Seamus Dooley, Irish secretary of the NUJ, stated: “I want to congratulate the Branch on this timely initiative. This Branch has a long history of service to freelance members and this directory sets a headline for other Irish Branches

“Freelance members have always played a leadership role within the Branch and despite occasional tensions, staff and freelance reporters and photographers work together under the common banner of the NUJ, united by a shared commitment to the NUJ Code of Conduct.”

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