Collectors’ Items: On The Importance Of Archives – Off Message 59

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That once upon a time in the media we didn’t realise the value of archives, of holding onto original programming and editions, never ceases to amaze me.

Of course, as the ongoing fallout from the devastating fire in 2008 at the Universal Music archive warehouse in Hollywood shows, it wasn’t just a media shortcoming and that even now, what we chose to store and how we store it is far from perfect.

Podcast 10: Philip O’Connor – Off Message 56

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On a flying visit to his native Dublin, freelance journalist Philip O’Connor, the man behind his own media blog and podcast, the wonderfully titled Our Man In Stockholm, dropped by for the tenth media-savvy Off Message podcast.

We chewed the fat on his attempt to crowdfund much of his journalism income, how he uses social media to generate work, his often outspoken tone online, his unique and unusual route into journalism, and loads more.

You Couldn’t Make It Up: Its Long and Winding Road – Off Message 55

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As the upcoming second series of You Couldn’t Make It Up, our comedy news panel show for Newstalk, fast approaches, it got me thinking about its long and treacherous journey thus far.

Back on Newstalk for a second 10-week run from January 19th, it’s been around the houses just to get this far.

As we often describe it, it’s the show that refuses to die, such has been its regular resurgences just when we think its pulse is no more.

Podcast 6: Michael O’Keeffe – Off Message 49

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The sixth media circus that is the Off Message podcast is with Michael O’Keeffe, CEO at the regulator of all Irish broadcasting – though thankfully not podcasts…not yet, anyway – the BAI, the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

During our chat Michael revealed the BAI’s origins in Ireland’s murky pirate radio past and its planned next move into regulating parts of the online media wild west; the type of complaints they regularly get about programmes; where they get their funding and how some would rather not pay up; their wooing of London’s international broadcasters pre-Brexit; the growing Irish appetite for podcasts – *applauds*; their take on diversity and plurality in Ireland’s broadcast media; and more.

Podcast 5: Deirdre O’Shaughnessy – Off Message 48

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The fifth media-curious Off Message podcast is with Deirdre O’Shaughnessy of Cork’s 96fm. Editor of and regular fill-in presenter on their morning chat show, The Opinion Line with PJ Coogan, I was particularly interested to explore their different approach dealing with a local rather than a national audience and what kind of items work best for them.

During our yabber Deirdre also revealed why she’s in no rush to work in Dublin, how when she arrived the station successfully replaced a big name presenter in the same slot and why a morning talk show works so well in an otherwise all-music radio format.

True Love Ways: The First Dates Effect – Off Message 47

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Now that all the fuss and excitement has died down I figured I should write a few words about the whole First Dates experience.

When I agreed to do it little did I know the impact it would have. Of all the one-off television appearances I’ve done over the years, there’s no doubt it was the one that blew up the most.

Mostly due to one simple factor.

Podcast 4: Norah Casey – Off Message 46

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The fourth media-mad Off Message podcast is with the ubiquitous Norah Casey who has worked both here in Ireland and in the UK across all sectors in the media.

She’s run and owned numerous publishing ventures, she’s presented her own radio and television programmes, she’s managed a handful of online businesses and written a book of her hectic life to date.

In it the podcast Norah reveals the tortuous stories behind her hugely emotional live Late Late Show and Marian Finucane appearances in which she first told the highly charged stories of her second husband’s death and the domestic abuse she suffered for nine years at the hands of her first; her recently-discovered insatiable love of podcasts; her real fear that she’s now become a news junkie; the trauma of selling most of her cherished magazine titles late last year; her love-hate relationship with social media; and lots more.

Podcast 3: Mark Little – Off Message 44

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The third Off Message media-mad podcast features Mark Little, a man who’s already been around the media block more than once.

As you might imagine we had a lot to talk about, from the nitty gritty of his new business venture, to his reaction when Rupert Murdoch came sniffing round his last one, to the importance of genuine critical feedback, to how his own personal media consumption has changed radically over the years, and loads more.

Podcast 2: Susan Daly – Off Message 43

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Here, is the second media-curious Off Message podcast, featuring Susan Daly, editor of TheJournal.ie for the past seven years, and during our chat we debated, discussed and dissected the impact of fake news, the existence of media bias, the role of an online news editor, sexual discrimination and harassment in the media, whether TheJournal.ie would ever charge for news, and loads more.

And The Award Goes To… – Off Message 40

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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.

Home Is Where The Work Is – Off Message 38

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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.

Honesty The Best Policy? – Off Message 37

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.

Game Without Frontiers – Off Message 34

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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.

Beaten By The Punch – Off Message 31

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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.

Get Lucky – Off Message 13

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In media or any other business don’t ever underestimate the importance of luck.

Likewise don’t over-estimate the role of your own talents and hard work.

Pitch Perfect – Off Message 3

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Ideas are the lifeblood of broadcasting.

If you’ve ever had one that you think could make it to air or even if you’re just wondering what kind might work, read on…

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