Two Galway alumni chosen as part of Learning Waves radio placement scheme

Skillnet Learning Waves Picture Conor McCabe Photography. Sitting – Isabella Finn (Newstalk) Katelyn Galvin (Radio Kerry), side Dan Casey (Off the Ball), Darragh O’Connor (Shannonside) Standing – Left to Right – Eoin Glackin (Ireland’s Classic Hits), James Hanly (Clare FM), Caoimhe Killeen (Galway Bay FM), Steven Fox (Corks 96FM), David Seagrave (FM104), Michael Lavery (LMFM)

By Caoimhe Looney

10 journalism graduates have been chosen for paid placements in local radio stations, including two past University of Galway students.

Now in its fourth year, the Learning Waves Journalism Graduate Programme gives 10 students an opportunity to complete a five-month paid placement in a radio station. 

The programme this year sees graduates from seven different third-level institutions placed in various local radio stations in Dublin, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Louth, Galway, and Longford. 

University of Galway students Steven Fox and Caoimhe Killeen began placements at Cork’s 96FM and Galway Bay FM respectively.

Official reaction

Speaking at the launch of this year’s programme in Galway, Learning Waves Project Manager Teresa Hanratty said, “Current events happening across the globe have again proven how the role of the journalist has never been more important in disseminating reliable and trustworthy information.

“Eight of the 10 graduates who took part in the programme last year are now working full-time in the sector, so we know the programme not only provides a pathway for new journalists to enter the sector but also a consistent pipeline of much-needed new talent to future proof radio journalism.”

Coimisiún na Meán’s Media Development Commissioner, Rónán Ó’Domhnaill said, “As the media landscape continues to evolve, it has become increasingly important to equip the next generation of journalists with the expertise needed to report on events accurately and ethically. Radio continues to be an essential source of trusted information and engaging content for people of all ages right around the country.

“The Journalism Graduate Programme ensures we continue to attract new graduates to the medium by providing an opportunity to gain invaluable hands-on training, experience, and insight into the role of journalists in society. We are delighted to support this scheme once again and I would like to congratulate the successful graduates and stations and to wish them the best of luck.”

The participating broadcasters and graduates were chosen following an application process that began in March 2023. The successful graduate students began their placements in September and will showcase their work in February 2024. 

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