DIT students' website shortlisted for 4 media awards


Dan and Graham at the Irish Blog Awards. Dan (left) Graham (right)

7th April 2011

A political website set up by two DIT students, Teaandtoast.ie, has been shortlisted for Best News/Current Affairs blog in the recent Irish Blog Awards in Belfast . The site is also up for three Smedia awards. These prestigious awards recognise the brightest up and coming media talent in the country, and are judged and presented by high profile media professionals.

It has been short listed under the following categories:

  • Website of the year
  • Blog of the year
  • People's choice award

Graham Ó Maonaigh (second year marketing) and Dan O' Neill (public affairs and political communication MA) are the two students behind the website. According to the two DIT Students “The website was founded in late 2010 to liven up political debates in Ireland. It features articles by people from all walks of life, all age groups and political traditions with an emphasis on building a fairer, more democratic and more sustainable country. The website is not affiliated to any political party or group and has no explicit political positions on individual issues. It encourages debate to allow people to have their voices heard and to help them to shape public opinion”.

Commenting on the site, Dan said: ‘In opening up debate, the website hopes to influence people to engage with politics and stir things up. The nature of political publications has changed. In the past it took a great deal of organisation and money to create a well known magazine or paper. Now all it takes is a minimal amount of capital, a bit of imagination and a network of interested people to launch a solid political project.”

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