Paul Cunningham - Hostile Environments: Reporting The News From War zones to Brexit Politics - 22/02/2019

About the lecture

People considering entering journalism are being warned that traditional media is on a terminal trajectory of decline; that work security in the industry is being eliminated; and that the digital news explosion has left media consumers less informed. 

Drawing on 30 years of journalistic experience, Paul Cunningham will argue that journalism remains hugely important and that the core challenges facing media workers have not changed radically – How can you be accurate and fair? How do you secure a story without undertaking unnecessary risk? How do you square the circle between establishing facts and maintaining balance? How can you make a living from the job?  

In his talk, RTE's Political Correspondent will outline those challenges through the prism of his work reporting on such diverse stories as the war in Ukraine; femicide in Guatemala; climate change in the Arctic; and the Brexit crisis facing the EU, the UK, and most particularly Ireland. He will also discuss the increasingly negative public attitude towards media workers and the daily difficulty of making yourself heard in a rapidly expanding and changing digital landscape. 

About the speaker

Mr Cunningham is a highly regarded and award-winning Irish journalist. For 25 years, he has been working at RTE, which is Ireland's national broadcasting service for television, radio and internet. He held the positions of environment and Europe correspondent, and was based in Brussels for a long time. He has travelled to more than 50 countries and currently he is the Political Correspondent for RTE, which involves covering such fascinating issues like Brexit. Above all, he is a journalist in heart and soul, who likes to be there when it all happens and has a heart for human rights.

Practical information

Where? C 103
When? 22 February 2019, 10:30 a.m.

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