Being a Journalist

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A group of young journalists discuss the difficulties of becoming a journalist. One of them is 21-year-old Fiona Looney.

  • Title
    Journalism
  • 1st Broadcast
    26/10/1987
  • Contributor
    Veronica Coburn (Presenter)
  • Clip Duration
    00:06:43
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Nothing To It
  • Clip title
    Being a Journalist
  • Extended description

    Veronica Coburn hosts this in-studio discussion on journalism and becoming a journalist.

    The panel includes 21-year-old music journalist Fiona Looney, who talks about achieving relative success.

    Other journalists on the panel include Colette, who feels that you must be persistent when you are starting off and accept the possibility of rejection. Niall notes that a sports journalist cannot participate in sport as most games take place during work hours. Gerry Reynolds talks about the importance of developing an expertise in a specific area.

    The panel discuss sexism in the profession and the relative merits of freelance journalism versus paid employment. Press photographer Roseanne was the first female staff photographer on a national newspaper. Eric used to be a freelance journalist and is now a staff reporter.

  • Information

    This episode of 'Nothing To It' from 26 October 1987 takes a look at the job of a journalist.

    'Nothing To It' was a programme for teenagers in which Veronica Coburn, Pauline McLynn and Mikel Murfi investigate jobs and activities.

    The first episode was broadcast on 5 October 1987.

  • Local keywords
    Communications, Journalism, Newspaper, Fiona Looney, Press Photographer, Freelance Journalism, Careers, Print Media, The Irish Independent, The Irish Press, The Irish Times, The Sun, The Mirror, The Mail, The Star, Tabloid, Broadsheet, Sunday World, Print Industry, Media
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland
  • Topic
    The Media
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1987
  • Country of production
    IRELAND
  • Original identifier
    P385/00087
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    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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