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DIT journalism students at Cleraun Media Conference

Posted: 17 November, 2016

A group of fourth year journalism students from the DIT School of Media gave a presentation at the annual Cleraun Media Conference this year, on the theme of ?Feeling the Pulse of the Nation?.

Caitriona Murphy, Jack Popeley, and Sinead Farrelly, under the supervision of lecturer Ken Foxe, were the only students to present at the Conference, to an audience that included Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Carol Leonig of the Washington Post, the creator of BBC's Newsnight, George Carey, and journalists from across the Irish media. 

In their presentation, the group provided an extensive analysis of seven years of data from Amarach Consulting and mapped the way that various political and economic developments have affected Irish people's sentiment since 2009.  Amarach Chairman Gerard O'Neill, congratulating the students on their work, said that they had done excellent research and given him 'much food for thought on future surveys'.

Head of Journalism in DIT, Kate Shanahan also attended the conference.  Commenting on the students’ presentation, she said “Over the course of an hour-long presentation the group looked at optimism, the economy, austerity, social activism, class divisions, and foreign affairs. They were confident and articulate, offered interesting perspectives, and answered audience questions in an insightful and thoughtful manner.”