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Local News Matters Week, Limerick: The Truth in the News? Defending quality journalism


Saturday 25 March 2017


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King John's Castle, Limerick


To mark Local News Matters Week, the Irish South-West branch of the NUJ has organised an event to address the challenges facing journalists at local and national level.

We are inviting members from throughout the island of Ireland to join us in King John’s Castle, Limerick on Saturday 25 March 25 for a day of discussion, learning, ideas sharing, networking and activism.

The first half of the day will be a workshop, facilitated by Irish organiser Ian McGuinness, entitled Negotiating for Success. It will deal with a range of topics including:

  • How to lodge a pay claim.
  • Defending/enhancing terms and condition.
  • Negotiating for change.
  • Bargaining as a freelancer.
  • Recruiting new members.

While Ian will facilitate the workshop, we are encouraging members who have experience of workplace negotiations to come along and share their knowledge. If there is any particular area that you or your chapel would like addressed, please email us at and we can include it in the discussion.

We are confident that this will be an extremely useful workshop, for chapel reps, members as well as freelance journalists.

The workshop will run from 10.00-13.00 and will be followed by a complimentary lunch, courtesy of our hosts for the day, Shannon Heritage and the Shannon Group.

From 14.30-16.00, the NUJ and Public Relations Institute of Ireland (PRII) will host a discussion, entitled The Truth in the News? The role of  quality journalism in the era of fake news. Our panel of speakers will include Emma O’Kelly, RTE’s education correspondent; Cian Connaughton, president of the PRII, and a leading  representative of the regional media sector (to  be confirmed shortly).

The day will conclude with a drinks reception, sponsored by the PRII.

Attendance is free of charge for NUJ members. However, as numbers are limited we would ask that you reserve your place by emailing with your name, branch, phone and email details asap. We would urge members to attend both sessions if at all possible – when booking, please indicate your attendance intentions in this regard.  

We believe that this will be a very useful and enjoyable event and would love to see a large turnout of members from around the country.

This event is for NUJ members only. Please consider joining the NUJ if you would like to attend this event.

Further details and contact information

Colm Ward
Telephone: 0868356141

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