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Ireland: Freelance forum autumn 2017


Monday 16 October 2017

9.30 - 16.30

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Buswell's Hotel, Molesworth Street, Dublin 2


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The programme for the event:

  • Opening address — To be announced
  • Reporters without borders: selling to overseas titles, with Lyra McKee, Naomi O ‘Leary and Jason Wals
  • What editors want: how to craft a pitch, with Yvonne Hogan, Jillian Bolger and Bernie Ni Fhlathart
  • The multi-tasking freelance, with Claire Gray, Liam Cahill and Kieran Fagan
  • Copyright guide, with Rossa McMahon

You can reserve your place using Paypal or your credit card via the Dublin freelance website.

The event is supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

The speakers at the event include:

Yvonne Hogan is a senior features executive with the Irish Independent. She was property editor for seven years, Weekend magazine editor for three years and has been editing Health and Living magazine since August 2013. She also writes for the paper and regularly appears on RTÉ's Today Show.

Jillian Bolger is a freelance editor and award-winning journalist specialising in features writing, especially food and travel. A regular contributor to The Irish Independent Weekend magazine, Sunday Business Post magazine, Image, Food & Wine and Image Interiors, she has written for everyone from The Irish Times to Forbes in the US. A former columnist with The Herald, Jillian has been editor of numerous national glossies, including Irish Brides, a role she's held since 2006.

Gerard Cunningham has worked as a freelance journalist and author for 15 years, most recently covering the
Charleton (Disclosures) tribunal. He contributes a regular media column to Village magazine.

Liam Cahill is a writer and historian. He has many years’ experience as a journalist – freelance, television, radio (international, national and local), print, web, blogging, social media and best-selling author. He also has extensive experience as a communications and political adviser to large and small businesses, grassroots campaigns, as well as to public representatives and governments across the political spectrum.

Kieran Fagan is a freelance journalist and media consultant. Previously he worked for the Irish Times, Irish
Independent and Sunday Tribune, and for Carr Communications. He is currently treasurer of Dublin Freelance branch of the National Union of Journalists.

Rossa McMahon is a solicitor and notary public. He has a training and background in corporate law, particularly data protection, intellectual privacy and government contracts as well as regulated industries. He joined PG McMahon in 2009 as a general practitioner but continues to advise and act in the areas of data protection and intellectual property. He was awarded Munster Solicitor of the Year at the Irish Law Awards 2017, blogs and has runs a freedom of information and data protection podcast.

Jason Walsh is a foreign correspondent based in Paris. Formerly the Ireland correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor (CSM), he now reports from Ireland, France and Spain for The New European (London), The Straits Times (Singapore), the CSM and others. He holds a PhD in philosophy from UCD, and his book on epistemology and the news will be published in early 2018 by Imprint Academic.

Naomi O'Leary is a journalist from Dublin. She covers stories from around Europe for publications including Politico, The Atlantic and Huffington Post, and co-hosts the podcast The Irish Passport. She is a former correspondent for Reuters in Rome and Agence France-Presse in London. Her 2016 documentary "Granite and Chalk" told the little-known story of how Irish rebels were infiltrated by spies ahead of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Lyra McKee is a freelance journalist from Belfast. She is an editor for Mediagazer and a former Sky News young journalist of the year.

Bernie Ni Fhlatharta is a freelance journalist in print and radio after a 37 year career in print media in regional
newspapers. As a native Irish speaker she appreciates she has more options as a bilingual journalist. She's astounded at the shortage of news/court reporters in the regions and believes more young journalists should concentrate on those shifts to get established.

Claire Grady has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. She started her career as a news reporter, worked on the Irish independent newsdesk, commissioned columnists and commentators as opinion editor in the Evening Herald, and was editor of the Evening Herald (2012-13) and the Irish Independent (2013-14).


Attendance at the Forum is €10 for NUJ members, and €20 for non members.

Further details and contact information

Gerard Cunningham

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