Tag: Irish Times

  • Insidious, Invidious Covidious

    This article first appeared in Village magazine, September 2021 edition. Covid inspired an appetite for quality media but they then bored people It used to be said that no ministerial career could survive three Sundays in a row on the front pages of the national newspapers. Any story so big that it could sustain public […]

  • End of an Era at Examiner

    An edited version of this article first appeared in Village magazine, December 2017 edition. The proposed Irish Times buyout of Landmark Media, owner of the Irish examiner and several other titles, as well as regional radio station shares, comes as little surprise, having been well flagged for several months. If anything, the surprise is it […]

  • Newspapers try some dynamism

    The latest national newspapers Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC) report for Irish newspapers bring more bad news for the industry, with a drop in total sales of over eight percent – over 90,000 copies – in the twelve months to the end of June 2017. At the top end of the market, the Sunday Independent […]

  • Trust in media unusually high in Ireland

    This article first appeared in Village magazine, July 2017 edition In the wake of the Jobstown trial, a lot of commentary followed on both power of social media to influence outcomes, and the credibility (or lack of same) of “mainstream” media in reporting accurately. Perhaps predictably, most of the commentary seemed to reinforce already existing […]

  • Time for more Times

    This article first appeared in Village magazine, June 2017 edition Launching a new newspaper is a tricky proposition at the best of times, but in the middle of historic declines in print circulation, as titles struggle to manage the transition to digital first publication, it seems downright bloody-minded. Yet that’s what News UK’s Dublin outlet […]

  • The Other P O’Neill

    This article first appeared in Village magazine, May 2017 edition When the Irish Times broke the news on Twitter that a new editor was taking over, they accidentally highlighted one of the major problems the newspaper faces. A photo circulated of Paul O’Neill the new editor, taking over from Kevin O’Sullivan, who was stepping aside […]

  • Fake news and audio online: 2016’s lessons for moribund media

    This article first appeared in Village magazine, December 2016 edition At the beginning of 2016, the two expected major new issues in media circles were 3D/VR immersive technologies, and podcasting. A lot has changed since then. Virtual reality/3D is still in the earliest stages of development – and may not ever evolve beyond a gimmick […]

  • The bottom half of the internet

    An edited version of this article first appeared in Village magazine. Not too quietly, but without a great deal of fuss, NPR (National Public Radio), the American public radio network, killed commenting on its website in mid-August. In a statement announcing the change on 17 August, the network explained that an analysis had revealed that […]

  • Our Dependent Data Protection Commissioner

    An edited version of this article appeared in Village magazine, June 2016 edition A complaint to the European Commission about the lack of independence of the Irish data protection commissioner could cost the State thousands of euros in daily fines if upheld. POD, the Primary Online Database, wasn’t supposed to be a problem for the […]

  • 1916 and all that

    An edited version of this article appeared in Village magazine, April 2016 edition The Irish Times has had a mixed 1916 commemoration. Even it’s own audiences seem hardwired to expect a certain bias from the newspaper of record, but one particular decision – or possibly, a non-decision no one ever thought to check for unfortunate […]