Meet the Journalists
Four of our leading journalists spoke at our Meet the Journalists event on May 25th.
A packed Candle Bar in Kellys Hotel was entertained and enthralled in equal measures by hair-raising stories from Michael O’Toole, crime correspondent with the Irish Daily Star who, as a result of “shining a light on the dark side of Ireland,” has had his life threatened on more than one occasion. Michael spoke of the unique expertise of newspaper reporters who “get ahead of the curve” and who want to give a voice to those that may not otherwise be heard.
Brenda Power, columnist with the Irish Daily Mail and the Sunday Times, spoke about the “power, longevity and impact” of opinions in print and the shocking level of antipathy towards female opinion writers compared with their male counterparts. Expressing her views in her weekly columns has resulted in her being sued, questioned by Gardai and having her family threatened.
The business correspondent with the Sunday Business Post – Jack Horgan-Jones – gave an insight into the recent history of the Sunday Business Post, the level of influence the paper enjoys and he reminded us of the importance of independent journalism.
A former engineer, Mick Clifford, special investigations at Irish Examiner left a “real job” to become a journalist He spoke passionately about the role of newspapers in holding those in power to account and how one simple phone call from a friend lead him to his investigation into fire trap homes.
The overriding theme of the event was the importance of journalism. We learned of the lengths professional journalists will go to get the story and research and verify the information and how newspapers – print and online – provide the space needed to give balanced coverage.
Thanks to our four excellent speakers and all who came along to hear them on the night.