Off Message won an Irish Blog Award recently. Get us, huh?
I was of course delighted. But now I’m wondering if winning an award like this has any real and measurable impact on one’s career.
It’s tricky to quantify.
Award-winning media-curious blog based on personal experience and coffee-fuelled observation
Violence and the news go hand in hand.
But given their special relationship, are those arguing violence should be reported less simply wasting their time?
Probably, for a handful of rarely acknowledged reasons.
The other day I had the most unexpected – and more than a little frightening – thought: I wondered if coming home was a mistake.
I spent 11 years in London, returning to Dublin in 2009 when RTÉ commissioned a TV idea I’d had.
It got me thinking about the pros and cons of my return.
Real honesty in the media is a rare thing.
I don’t mean in its coverage and output.
No, I’m talking about the honesty of those of us lucky enough to work in the business when we’re discussing in public the day-to-day workings of our job.
And my blogposts to date prove I’m as guilty as anyone else.
When freelancing work dries up (or at least goes eerily quiet for a while) you’re forced to get your pitching mojo back on.
Which is where I’m at right now, partially because of Brexit, surprisingly enough.
And whatever the outcomes it’s the waiting that kills you.
In media circles, fake news is the hot topic du jour.
It’s not a new phenomenon, of course; fake news has long done the rounds in our newspapers, on radio, on television and online.
I’ve been thinking about the perhaps unexpected role footballers’ post-match interviews have played in its current surge.
I spent most of November in Maximum Media helping them produce a series of short videos.
I’ve read a lot about ‘new media’ changes and their impact on their ‘old media’ cousins over the past decade but seeing one of these ‘new media’ models up close and personal over the past while was an invaluable personal first.
I got a nice black eye Saturday night. Despite taking selfies cataloguing the ever-darkening wound I resisted the temptation to publicly post them. Til now.
It got me thinking about how our mainstream media’s concentration on violent crime helps propagate an atmosphere of fear.