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TY Access Project

The TY Access Project encourages transition year students, from DEIS schools,to pursue further study in journalism or a career in mutimedia.

The project this year was supported by; Dublin City University, Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology and Ballyfermot College. 

Their week in RTÉ was co-ordinated by Kevin Burns and Georgina Martin with support from RTÉ HR's Elaine Deegan.

Ten students from the Greater Dublin Area participated in the pilot programme; Megan and Kathryn, Mercy Secondary School Goldenbridge, Aaron and Seán, Chanel College Coolock, Tengis and David CBS Brunswick Street, Sophie and Matilda, St Thomas’s Bray and Claire and Rebecca, St Dominic’s Ballyfermot.

TY Access Project: What They Did

The TY Access Project students dressed up as Superheroes and made this film about heroes featuring RTÉ Young People’s Stephen Byrne, RTÉ 2fm’s Rick O’Shea and legend Joe Duffy.

Watch Their Film

  • Met with Declan McBennett of RTÉ News Now, Anthony Murnane Editor Morning Edition and Kay Sheehy, Series Editor,Today with Pat Kenny.
  • Rick O’Shea who provided a crash course in social media.
  • Tour of DCU, careers advice session and Final Cut Pro workshop.
  • Stephen Byrne from RTÉ Young People's talked to the group about using YouTube to get started in media.

  • Barry O Kelly and Mark Coughlan gave talk about cameras.
  • The students went to RTÉ's Studio One to watch news2day make its report on the 'Junior Takeover' of the airwaves.
  • Research workshop with the Late Late Show's Elayne Devlin and Tubridy's Dave Sherry.
  • Tour of IADT in Dún Laoghaire and careers session.
  • Met with Joe Duffy and sat in on Morning Edition and Today with Pat Kenny.

  • Tour of Ballyfermot College.
  • RTÉ's Wardrobe department fitted students with Superhero costumes.
  • Radio Workshop with Cearbhaill Ó Síocháin and Damien O’Meara.
  • RTÉ cameraman Colm Hand, producer Tanya Sillem and reporter Eithne O'Brien gave a masterclass.
  • Tour of  DIT campus including radio presentation workshop.
  • Finishing touches on group film, learning about on-screen graphics, with Mick Nalty, and choosing music with Louise Foxe.
  • Met with Managing Director RTÉ News and Current Affairs, Kevin Bakhurst.

Megan Atkinson pictured with Anne Marie Smith was given the opportunity to compile her own report for news2day.

Watch Megan's report.

More Information

The TY Access Project is being developed by Kevin Burns, a producer in RTÉ News and Current Affairs.

Teachers in DEIS schools or those working in 3rd level institutions who would like to know more should get in touch.