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  • Title: 200 Words » Gerard Cunningham writes 200 words at a time
    Descriptive info: .. Search.. 200 Words.. Gerard Cunningham writes 200 words at a time.. Home.. About the Author.. Buy The Book.. Chaos Conspiracy.. Contact me.. Privacy Policy.. Privacy statement.. Turas Guide.. View full post.. RTE and the political lobby.. Labour want US style political advertising It wasn t the biggest ever story, but the Sunday Times liked it enough to pay me for it.. It even got a bit of social media traction at the.. If a tree falls.. In the past few days, I ve seen some great journalism.. Deadbeatdolehead has documented an error by House of Ireland, who advertised for a Jobbridge intern.. As DBDH points out, the job description differed when the.. Jobbridgers used to clear citizenship backlog.. Yesterday, I received a Freedom of Information file containing (part of) the Jobbridge database.. Showing it to a friend, I ran a trivial search: Who sought the greatest number of jobbridgers? Three organisations requested 30.. Local hype.. Reporting in the regions is reverting to remote-control journalism with the proverbial email giving a convenient but one sided account of public meetings with no journalists present.. Important markings such as Circuit Courts and Inquests,.. Jul.. 05.. Categories:.. 200 Words.. by.. Gerard Cunningham.. Deadbeatdolehead has documented.. an error by House of Ireland.. , who advertised for a Jobbridge intern.. As DBDH points out, the job description differed when the same position was listed on a jobs website.. As people protested to House of Ireland about what they had done, they were eventually forced to shut down commenting on their Facebook page.. It s not the first time I ve seen something like this happen.. And it s not the first time I ve seen such a story go unreported in mainstream media.. I m not sure why these stories get ignored.. , Maybe there s a snobbishness among journalists, and they disdain the web.. Maybe it s a Not Invented Here attitude.. Maybe an editor got cold feet about potential libel letters.. Maybe no journalist noticed.. On a good day, this blog will get pageviews in the hundreds.. I suspect most blogs in Ireland are doing the same.. A few will number in the thousands.. The networks are loose, casual, and small.. I suspect that makes them easy to ignore when they break stories.. So if Twitter records a falling tree, but mainstream media ignores the story, does it make a noise?.. Image via Morguefile.. com.. Tags:.. blogs.. ,.. internet.. journalism.. media.. 1 comment.. Jun.. 30.. Jobbridgers used to clear citizenship backlog.. Data Journalism.. Yesterday, I received a Freedom of Information file containing (part of) the.. Jobbridge.. database.. Showing it to a friend, I ran a trivial search: Who sought the greatest number of jobbridgers?.. Three organisations requested 30 interns.. For now, I can only tell you one of them.. Step forward, Citizenship Division, Department of Justice and Equality.. Here s Alan Shatter, speaking at a citizenship ceremony on 14 June:.. When the Government came into office 15 months ago there was an enormous backlog of approximately 22000 citizenship applications awaiting decision.. Approximately 17000 of these had been waiting in a barely moving queue for in excess of six months with an average waiting time in excess of two years.. Some, indeed, had waited three to four years.. Having made decisions on almost 28000 applications since I took office, including more than 13800 so far this year, I think I can safely say that the steps that I initiated within my Department to deal with the backlog of citizenship applications have been a huge success.. Yes folks, your government, which has put in place a hiring freeze, is using its training scheme to hire workers on less than minimum wage to clear an administrative backlog.. Jobbridge: Does exactly what it says on the tin.. industrial policy.. Ireland.. Jobbridge.. open government.. unemployment.. 5 comments.. 27.. Local hype.. Important markings such as Circuit Courts and Inquests, once the bread and butter of the local paper are going uncovered, unreported and unrecorded as regional newsrooms either don’t have the resources or requisite skills to reach on matters of such public import.. John Whelan, addressing a.. media conference in February.. , painted a grim picture.. But while traditional titles are shutting down (and I don t understate how serious that is),.. hyperlocals.. are cropping up in Ireland.. Hyperlocals, news websites covering a defined local area – are already a big deal elsewhere.. In essence, a hyperlocal is a web only provincial newspaper.. Two examples I know of are the.. Donegal Daily.. and the.. Newry Times.. In the case of the Donegal Daily, the journalists involved make their money from a combination of local advertising and onward sales of major stories to national titles.. Barriers to entry are low, the journalists work without the debt burdens of established titles.. And perhaps best of all, they own the business.. Do you know of any other Irish hyperlocals?.. UPDATE.. : Another Irish hyperlocal site:.. Wicklow News.. Image (modified) via Morguefile.. Crisis? What crisis?.. Local journalism is in crisis.. Last week, the Offaly Express became the latest newspaper to announce it was closing down.. Except, its not journalism which is in crisis.. It s newspaper publishers.. And the real issue isn t just the Big Bad Internet, but lousy management.. As.. Senator John Whelan pointed out.. recently, you have small local newspapers who have this huge debt burden on them which means they can’t perform sufficiently.. At a time when newspapers are in need of strong local management and a regional strategy, they are being deprived of any resources and they are being shrunk further.. Johnston Press, owners of the Offaly Express, are a case study in how not to run a media company.. Having paid exorbitant and excessive prices for titles , they are now running them into the ground, cutting journalism to feed unsustainable debts.. As Whelan has argued, the titles are profitable.. But the debt is destroying quality businesses.. So what next? Either we see a slow dripfeed of closures, or someone bites the bullet, puts the titles into administration (or bankruptcy)..  ...   companies to photocopy and/or scan information from all of Ireland s national newspapers and is registered in the Register of Copyright Licensing Bodies in accordance with the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000.. Seeing as we got a letter from a solicitor I m not going to comment on a letter, said Frank Cullen, chief executive officer of Newspaper Licensing Ireland.. I ve given it to our solicitor to prepare a reply and we will reply.. We understand Women s Aid is making copies of newspaper content and that copying requires a licence.. Mr Cullen was unable to say similar letters had been sent to other charities.. A spokesperson for Women s Aid said the charity had not yet received a reply to the letter sent by their solicitors.. The organisation hoped that by making the letter public it would highlight the issue to other charities.. Newspaper Licensing Ireland operations manager Owen Cullen said the organisation licenses commercial newspaper content in Ireland.. He said there was a difference of opinion on whether hyperlinks to web addresses were copyrights, and although there were no cases in Ireland, there had been cases.. I don t think it s appropriate to comment on a specific case as its ongoing.. copyright.. 4 comments.. 28.. This message was brought to you by.. A Labour party delegation proposed the introduction of shorter US-style political advertisements in place of the staid party political broadcast format during a meeting with RTE Executives in the dying months of the last government.. We feel that there is merit in shorter more frequent broadcasts.. This is something that would be worth examining in greater detail in the context of the next general election, a party spokesperson said this week.. Documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show a Labour party delegation suggested moving party political broadcasts from fixed three minute slots around news to something closer to 30 second slots which could then be scheduled throughout the schedules (ie something closer to adverts).. The proposal was recorded in a memo written in RTE after the meeting.. The Labour party delegation was made up of then communications spokesperson Liz McManus, former press director Tony Heffernan, who worded on the successful Michael D Higgins presidential campaign, and Mark Garrett, a special advisor to tanaiste Eamon Gilmore.. They were met by current affair editor Ken O Shea, Prime Time producer Tara Peterman, and head of broadcast compliance Peter Feeney.. Party political broadcasts are regulated by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI), which requires that no preference should be given to any party in audience terms.. However the BAI Code – last updated in September 2011 during the runup to the presidential election does not specify the times at which the party messages are broadcast, or their duration, so long as their timing is aimed at achieving a similar audience for all such broadcasts.. The Labour delegation also argued for a three-way debate along with Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil leaders, as all thee parties had support levels between 20% and 30% at the time.. This would generate phenomenal interest and was a broadcasting opportunity for RTÉ, they argued, pointing to the impact television debates had in the recent UK general election.. An offer from RTÉ of three debates, the first between Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and Labour, the second involving Labour, Sinn Féin and the Greens, and the lastly between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael, was rejected by the delegation.. The party also argued that with exit polls showing one quarter of voters only made up their minds in the final week of an election campaign, excluding Labour from the last debate sent out a signal that was detrimental to Labour.. Image via Labour party / Flickr.. This article originally appeared in the.. Sunday Times.. Labour.. public relations.. spin.. Comments off.. Fair dealing?.. Unless I explicitly agree otherwise, I own the copyright.. That means you get to publish it once in print, and once on your website if we agree to it.. You don t get syndication rights.. The price is €250 for a story exclusive to you.. The price is €150 for a story not exclusive to you.. No, it is not negotiable.. If you commission a story, the kill fee is 100%.. Photographs, audio or moving images are extra.. Well, I can dream.. In reality, copyright is an illusion for many freelance journalists.. Sure, I retain copyright, but I ll be given (or assumed to have consented to) a contract which grants the publisher a worldwide exclusive syndication licence.. My work can show up in print or on air in places I ve never even heard of.. There will be an assumption that the publisher has a right to place it online.. The price will be whatever the publisher decides, take it or leave it.. This kill fee will be 50%.. If I m lucky and there is a kill fee.. A lot of people say I should make a submission to the.. Copyright Review Committee.. before next Friday.. I m not sure why I should bother.. This post has no tag.. Older posts.. Categories.. Election Count.. Photo.. Sound.. Video.. Blogroll.. A clatter of the law.. A Little Bit Of Culture.. Abigail Reiley.. And another thing.. Cearta the Irish for rights.. deshocks.. Geeky Pie.. Maman Poulet.. Scibernia.. The Science Bit.. TheStory.. ie.. Twindignation.. Archives.. July 2012.. June 2012.. May 2012.. April 2012.. March 2012.. February 2012.. January 2012.. December 2011.. November 2011.. October 2011.. September 2011.. August 2011.. July 2011.. June 2011.. May 2011.. April 2011.. March 2011.. February 2011.. January 2011.. December 2010.. November 2010.. October 2010.. September 2010.. August 2010.. July 2010.. June 2010.. May 2010.. April 2010.. March 2010.. February 2010.. January 2010.. December 2009.. November 2009.. October 2009.. September 2009.. August 2009.. July 2009.. 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  • Title: About the Author » 200 Words
    Descriptive info: About the Author.. Gerard Cunningham is a freelance journalist living in Co Kildare.. He occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, website designer, graphic designer, and occasional photographer.. A native of Donegal, he currently spends most of his time covering the Smithwick tribunal.. He is best known for his coverage of the Morris tribunal between March 2003 and December 2007 for outlets as diverse as the.. Donegal Democrat.. and.. Highland Radio.. to national media including.. RTÉ.. Irish Times.. He became a familiar voice  ...   shocking and at times surreal revelations at the inquiry into Garda corruption in Co Donegal.. Before turning freelance in 2002, Gerard worked as a journalist with the.. He has previously worked as a magazine circulation director, debt collector, fish packer, plastic bag salesman, and box hopper, among other things.. To learn more about the.. reasons for the Two Hundred Words blog.. , read.. here.. What do you think?.. Cancel reply.. Your email address will not be published.. Required fields are marked.. *.. Name:.. Email:.. Website:.. Message:..

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  • Title: Buy The Book » 200 Words
    Descriptive info: Buy The Book.. Gerard Cunningham is the author of.. , published in April 2009.. Chaos and Conspiracy.. Chaos and Conspiracy is a gripping account which will be read most avidly in Raphoe.. But it should also be obligatory reading for the 14,000 members of the gardai and for those of us tempted to argue that the end justifies the means when it comes to combating crime.. Michael Brennan, Irish Independent.. This is a brilliant piece of reporting.. Readers will already know the bones of this case through newspaper, TV and radio reports.. The book to hand, taken in two or three sittings, makes for a more dramatic read than the daily drip-feed of national newspapers.. Tom Widger, Sunday Tribune.. [The scandal is] the country s Guantanamo Bay — a pockmark on the state s policing practice.. Dozens of gardaí were criticised in the tribunal s reports, most of who retired in shame.. Richard Fitzpatrick, Irish Examiner.. ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠ ♠.. A new guide to the historic Colmcille Turas in Gleann  ...   of the parish, featured in calendars, tourist guides, books, and even matchboxes.. The new guide features full colour images of all of the stations on the Turas, and background information on the history of the pilgrimage.. “There’s already a lot of information available locally, but it’s not all in one place,” said Gerard.. “It’s held in local history books, archaeology references, folk memories.. ”.. “I wanted to assemble all the information in one place, so that everything was available in one go.. He hopes that future editions might be updated with even more information, and similar guides to the pre-Christian monuments of the area.. The guide’s convenient A5 format means it makes an ideal size for visitors to carry as the retrace the steps of pilgrims around the valley.. 1 ping.. Poll Topper 200 Words.. May 30, 2009 at 2:02 am.. (UTC 0).. Link to this comment.. [.. ] busiest day this blog ever had was the day I appeared on RTÉ s Drivetime programme promoting Chaos and Conspiracy, when hits [.. ].. Comments have been disabled..

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  • Title: Chaos & Conspiracy » 200 Words
    Descriptive info: Chaos Conspiracy.. Gerard Cunningham is the author of two books, Chaos Conspiracy , published in April 2009, and Breaking the Silence (along with Martin Ridge) and He also worked as consultant editor on Charades , by Karen McGlinchey.. Reviews.. The human cost is more difficult to assess.. Twelve innocent people were hauled into custody and questioned barbarically six weeks after Barron s death, suspected of colluding in his murder.. What is infuriating about the whole episode, which trumbled on for 12 years, is that most of the mistakes were made in the first week, as Gerard Cunningham outlines in his riveting new book, Chaos and Conspiracy.. - Richard Fitzpatrick, Irish Examiner.. The question that this reader arrived at was  ...   has almost been lost because it became the subject of the Morris Tribunal, which ran for six years.. But Gerard Cunningham, who covered every day of evidence at the tribunal, has written a devastating new book which redresses the balance.. And Chaos and Conspiracy is at its most powerful when it details the awful consequences of the wrongful arrests.. These were ordinary people who had never seen the inside of a garda station and were suddenly being shouted at, abused and told they were involved in a murder which they knew nothing about.. And Gerard Cunningham carefully catalogues their stories, which had previously been lost amidst tens of thousands of pages.. - Michael Brennan, Irish Independent.. Click here to buy:..

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  • Title: Contact me » 200 Words
    Descriptive info: Contact me.. Got a story? Or an issue you think might make an interesting article and want to highlight?.. Call me at +353 (0)86 6073060, or drop me a line using the form below.. Comments or questions are welcome.. (denotes required field).. Name:.. E-Mail Address:.. Subject:.. Message:..

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  • Title: Privacy Policy » 200 Words
    Descriptive info: Privacy Policy.. Privacy Policy for http://faduda.. Your privacy is important to us.. To better protect your privacy we provide this notice explaining our online information practices and the choices you can make about the way your information is collected and used.. To make this notice easy to find, we make it available on our homepage and at every point where personally identifiable information may be requested.. Google Adsense and the DoubleClick DART Cookie.. Google, as a third party advertisement vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on this site.. The use of DART cookies by Google enables them to serve adverts to visitors that are based on their visits to this website as well as other sites on the internet.. To opt out of the DART cookies you may visit the Google ad and content network privacy policy at the following url http://www.. google.. com/privacy_ads.. html Tracking of users through the DART cookie mechanisms are subject  ...   used by third party advertisers.. Collection of Personal Information.. When visiting 200 Words, the IP address used to access the site will be logged along with the dates and times of access.. This information is purely used to analyze trends, administer the site, track users movement and gather broad demographic information for internal use.. Most importantly, any recorded IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.. Links to third party Websites.. We have included links on this site for your use and reference.. We are not responsible for the privacy policies on these websites.. You should be aware that the privacy policies of these sites may differ from our own.. Changes to this Privacy Statement.. The contents of this statement may be altered at any time, at our discretion.. If you have any questions regarding the privacy policy of 200 Words then you may contact us at gerard@faduda.. net.. Updated on April 22, 2012..

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  • Title: Privacy statement » 200 Words
    Descriptive info: Privacy statement.. This website uses Google Analytics, a web analytics service provided by Google Inc ( Google ).. Google Analytics uses cookies , which are text files placed on your computer, to help the website analyse how users use the site.. The information generated by the cookies about your use of the website (including your IP address) will be transmitted to and stored by Google on servers in the United States.. Google will use information for the purpose of evaluating your use of the website, compiling reports on website activity for website  ...   where required to do so by law, or where such third parties process information on Google s behalf.. Google will not associate your IP address with any other data held by Google.. You may refuse the use of cookies by selecting the appropriate settings on your browser, however, please note that if you do this you may not be able to use the full functionality of this website.. By using this website, you consent to the processing of data about you by Google in the manner and for the purposes set out above..

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  • Title: Turas Guide » 200 Words
    Descriptive info: Turas Guide.. A new guide to the historic Colmcille Turas in Gleann Cholm Cille will launch shortly, just before the saint s holy day on 9 June.. There s already a lot of information available locally, but it s not all in one place, said  ...   folk memories.. I wanted to assemble all the information in one place, so that everything was available in one go.. The guide s convenient A5 format means it makes an ideal size for visitors to carry as the retrace the steps of pilgrims around the valley..

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  • Title: RTE and the political lobby » 200 Words
    Descriptive info: RTE and the political lobby.. Labour want US style political advertising.. It wasn t the biggest ever story, but the Sunday Times liked it enough to pay me for it.. It even got a bit of social media traction at the time.. And it was based on three lines at the end of an internal RTÉ memo.. In May 2010, a Labour delegation met some senior RTÉ producers to discuss possible formats for Leader s Debates in the election.. And at the end of the memo summarising the arguments was a brief reference to changing party political broadcasts to a shorter, 30 second format.. There s no other record of the meeting.. Labour didn t submit written proposals, so there s nothing else to FOI.. If the report had been in oral form, I d never even have known the meeting took place.. Hooray for aide memoires.. Sometimes, an FOI request is a fishing expedition.. You suspect there may be something unusual going on, and you ask for some documents.. Sometimes, it s just about creating a full public record.. See for example the work.. Gavin Sheridan.. is doing on ministerial and TDs expenes, or gathering ministerial diaries.. And sometimes, I m just nosey.. In February, the Sunday Independent reported that Fianna Fáil had met with RTÉ executives in November 2011, and made.. a presentation about anti-Fianna Fáil bias.. That sounds interesting, I thought, and lobbed in an FOI.. And since it was costing me €15 anyway, I asked for all communications from political parties to RTÉ about bias not just in 2011, but since 2007.. The request was refused at the first hurdle, citing Statutory Instrument 11/2000 which exempted editorial decision-making including post-transmission internal review and analysis of any programme or schedule of programmes broadcast.. I appealed the  ...   Labour memo, so I got a story out of it, even it if cost me €90.. Meanwhile, on re-reading the original Sindo report, I noticed the Fianna Fáil presentation took place in November 2011, but was repeated again early in 2012.. Another €15, this time asking for records in the year 2012, and I received the long-anticipated 12-page document.. You can make what you will of the figures supplied to RTÉ by Fianna Fáil, and the arguments the party makes.. One observation I d make is that while parties might argue for representation on panels based on their vote, Prime Time is more interested in having two opposing voices when there s a debate.. Since Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour support the Troika deal and bank bailouts, while Sinn Féin opposes (along with the ULA and a smattering of independents), this can lead to Pearse Doherty and Mary Lou McDonald getting quite a lot of airtime when that issue is covered.. It may also partly explain why Stephen Donnelly got so much exposure.. Secondly, in view of Fianna Fáil s complaints about the amount of coverage it received pre-election, it may be worth revisiting old footage and counting the number of times Miriam O Callaghan turned to the camera and said We asked the government for a spokesperson, but hey declined to provide us with one.. Over time, I d expect the same pattern of media management to affect Fine Gael/Labour appearances.. FOI is public information, so I m making all the documents I received public.. Enjoy.. All I ask is if you notice anything interesting, leave a comment, and if you write a story elsewhere, share a little link love.. Political party comminucations to RTE regarding bias.. Leinster House.. Image © Faduda.. Fianna Fáil.. Fine Gael.. Greens.. impartiality..

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  • Title: If a tree falls… » 200 Words
    Descriptive info: Deadbeat Dolehead.. July 5, 2012 at 1:37 pm.. Thanks for that Gerard! Not sure I d call my blog post great journalism but I appreciate the point you re making.. In context I have about 150+ followers on Twitter and only a couple of posts on my blog.. Most days, there would be few (if any) views on my blog on rare occasions when I post something (vaguely) interesting, that gets picked up on Twitter the page count races up.. For example, a tweet linking my blog post from your good self or Constantin Gurdgiev can mean hundreds of views on my blog the biggest reaction I got yesterday was when  ...   over 800 views.. Other than that, no-one contacted me regarding the story (despite emailing it to the journal) and in general, it is quite difficult to guage how much online momentum is required for a story to make it into the main stream media.. Sometimes, I wonder about stories that race around Twitter garnering hundreds of tweets but until they make a breakthrough onto a news site (like broadsheet, the journal etc) or even liveline they never break out of the Twitter-sphere.. The question arises: Does the main stream media produce news stories the public is interested in or does the main stream media decide what news stories will interest the public..

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  • Title: Jobbridgers used to clear citizenship backlog » 200 Words
    Descriptive info: Skip to comment form.. June 30, 2012 at 10:49 pm.. Interesting that in response to a question in the Dáil on May 8th, 2012 Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter claims that Under the new JobBridge programme announced by the Government a total of 16 individuals have been engaged by the citizenship division of my Department to date (See here:.. http://bit.. ly/Lb6YOI.. ).. While the phrase to date might allow for some variation with the figures supplied to Gerard in the blog post, above, it is stretching belief to think that the number of JobBridge interns employed by this division of his department swelled from just 16 to 30 in the space of a month something doesn t add up and questions need to be asked.. No  ...   not due to my having more up to date information than Shatter.. He addressed the Day on 8 May, the records supplied to me under FOI are to 29 March.. JP.. July 1, 2012 at 11:15 am.. Requested 30, engaged 16 perhaps.. No contradiction there.. July 1, 2012 at 11:44 am.. Which raises the question, what became of the other 14?.. July 1, 2012 at 11:50 am.. For the record.. Citizenship Processing Clerk: The successful candidate will gain experience of working in a busy public service delivery area and working within a multi-skilled team environment involving administrative duties e.. g.. information analysis / processing / validation, maintaining lists, data entry, document production/copying.. IT skills: using proprietary databases, generating correspondence.. Communications skills: dealing with queries.. Organisational skills: file management, workflow organisation..

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