Category Archives: Events

Musings about big events we’ve attended.

Interview with Uachtarán na hÉireann, President Michael D. Higgins

The Youth Media Team had the honour of interviewing our President Michael D. Higgins at #Feilte.

We started our interview with a few words as Gaeilge and asked him what we as young people can do to be proud of our native language particularly with this year being Bliain na Gaeilge.

We also asked the President, after his many years of experience in the political sphere, if he has any advice for us young people and how we can use our voice and find our voice in the world of politics here in Ireland and abroad.

Finally we asked President Michael D. Higgins to tell us about his most important educational influence on his life so far.

As a team it was both a pleasure and an honour to meet our President. Interviewing Mr. Higgins was a great experience, one which we will treasure for the rest of our lives.

Thank you to President Higgins for taking the time to speak with us!

Lorcan, Roisin, Cara, Jack, Amy, Anna and Denis
Youth Media Team

Interview with Taragh Loughrey Grant

Anna, Amy (and Lorcan on camera :)) interviewed Taragh Loughrey Grant from RTE at the School Digital Champion showcase. Taragh spoke about her work as the Digital Editor for Lifestyle for RTE, which involves looking after the Lifestyle section of the RTE website and the RTE NewsNow app, looking after the RTE social media accounts, presenting a parenting series, a podcats called the Hourglass Series and so much more!! She shared the opportunities that mobile journalism provides and spoke to us about how important it is for us to have female role models in STEM. Finally she shared some of her role models who include Countess Markievicz, Aine Lawwlor, Rachel English, Audrey Carville, Claire Byrne to name but a few! Taragh’s enthusiasm was infectious!

Anna and Amy
Youth Media Team

Interview with Minister Denis Naughten

Amy, Anna and Lorcan did a phone interview with Minister Denis Naughten on the way home home from the School Digital Champion showcase. The Minister spoke about the need for the School Digital Champion Programme and why it is important for schools to get involved. He also spoke about why this is an important initiative for the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment in collaboration with the Department of Education and Skills. He finally shared his thoughts on the projects showcased today.

We are really grateful to the Minister for taking time out of his busy schedule this evening to give us an interview when time didn’t allow it earlier today.

Amy, Anna and Lorcan
Youth Media Team

Interview with Elizabeth Treacy

Elizabeth Treacy did a session about the new Junior Cycle and how it gives teachers a new opportunity to listen to the student voice via the medium of project work.She also talked about how she used green screens in the classroom and why student voices are important and how digital technology supprted student voice.

Listen below..

Denis and Charis
Youth Media Team

Interview with Kate O’ Flaherty

Denis and Amy interviewed Kate O’ Flaherty who is the Director of the Health and Wellbeing Program at the Department of Health. Kate spoke about Health Ireland, What the Media Literacy Network can learn from Health Ireland and how they went about developing the Communications and Citizens engagement campaign, Health Ireland 2018.

Denis and Amy
Youth Media Team

Interview with Niamh Sweeney

Denis and Amy interviewed Niamh Sweeney who is the Head of Public Policy at Facebook in Dublin. Niamh told us about herself and how she got into journalism and subsequently Facebook. She also shared her thoughts on why it is important for social media platforms to be involved in the conversation around Media Literacy and what reliable news sources are and how to identify fake news. Finally, she shared her thoughts on the importance of education around media literacy.

Denis and Amy
Youth Media Team

Interview with Prof. Brian O’Neill

Denis and Amy interviewed Professor Brian O’Neill, Director of Research at Dublin Institute of Technology and Chair of the Media Literacy Network Steering Group. Brian spoke about why we need a Media Literacy Network in Ireland, what encouraged him to get involved in the Network. He also shared his thoughts on what the large technology companies can do to promote Media Literacy to young people like us and what his thoughts are on the digital age of consent in Ireland being 13.

Denis and Amy
Youth Media Team