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DCU students win five Smedias Awards

12 April 2011

Paul O'Brien, Political Editor, Irish Examiner pictured with Cormac O’Brien who won the journalist of the year award

DCU students won five National Student Media Awards (Smedias) at an awards ceremony hosted by Kathryn Thomas and Dáithí O Sé in the Mansion House. The winners saw off competition from over 1,500 entries and were drawn from more than 10 colleges and universities.

DCU journalism student Cormac O’Brien won the journalist of the year award in the national media category for his article published in GCN magazine.

Denis McEvoy, DCUfm Station Manager and winner of three Smedias, said: “I’m incredibly proud of DCUfm. It’s a great end to my two years here as manager and it’s fantastic to end on such a high. “I want to thank all the people who work tirelessly throughout the week to put out their shows. Their commitment has brought DCUfm from where it was two years ago to where it is today.”

smedia winners

Jamie Moran (The Apprentice, TV3), Niall O'Connor, Denis McEvoy, Ellen Nagle, Alan Regan, Panos Zambetakis, (The Apprentice, TV3) & Caroline McHugh (The apprentice, TV3)


Awards were won in all the following categories.

Web Designer of the Year-Sponsored
Winner: Denis McEvoy,, DCU

Radio Production - Arts & Features
Winner: Stephen Long, Action replay, DCU

Website of the Year
Winner: Denis McEvoy and Alan Regan,, DCU

Journalist of the year - National Press
Winner: Cormac O’Brien, GCN - Gay Community News, DCU

Radio Production – News & Current Affairs
Winner: Alan Regan and Denis McEvoy, Newswire Budget 2011, DCU

Among the judges were Irish Times Chief Reporter Carl O’Brien, Evening Herald Deputy Editor Ian Mallon and RTÉ Drivetime presenter Mary Wilson.


DCU graduate has been appointed RTE's DG

Noel Curran the new Director General Minister for Communications Eamon Ryan today welcomed the appointment of Noel Curran as the new Director General of RTÉ. Mr. Curran will serve as Director General for a period of 5 years.Minister Ryan said, 'I congratulate Noel on his appointment and wish him well.'

RTÉ continues to play a central role in the national conversation. Noel brings a wealth of experience and imagination to this position 'strong investigative instincts coupled with an appreciation of the needs of the audience. I am confident that RTÉ will maintain the highest standards of public service broadcasting under his leadership.'

The Minister thanked Cathal Goan for his years of service to Irish broadcasting. 'Cathal has left a legacy of achievement that cannot be undone. I thank him for his public service and know he will continue contributing to Irish life and language'.

Mr. Curran was appointed RTÉ Managing Director of Television with effect from October 2003. A graduate in Communications from DCU, he held a variety of posts in the print media before joining RTÉ in 1992. He initially worked as a reporter, producer and editor in RTÉ television and was later appointed as Editor of Current Affairs in the News and Current Affairs Division. Mr. Curran left RTÉ in June 2010 to pursue other business interests.

May, 2010: Student Multimedia Showcase launched by RTE Director-General, Cathal Goan.

RTE Director-General, Cathal Goan, officially launched this year’s Multimedia Showcase, based on final year projects by students on the multimedia students from School of Communication. This event took place in The Helix, on 26th and 27th May, 2010.

As he formally launched the event, Cathal Goan, the Director-General of RTE, said that he was tremendously impressed by both the quality and originality of the work produced by these DCU students. He said that what impressed him most was the clear evidence of extraordinary levels of creativity and standards of excellence manifest in the works on display. He said that this was especially the case, bearing in mind the resource constraints available to students in designing and producing such work. The RTE Director-General went on to say that this work was clearly a great credit to the student groups concerned as well as to the staff teaching on the School’s multimedia courses.

The Head of the School, Paschal Preston welcomed the RTE Director-General, all other guests, friends and families of the multimedia students present. He said that the School and all staff were extremely impressed and proud of the student work being showcased at this event. He said that such quality work clearly indicated that we should be confident that younger generation possess the creative resources and innovative qualities to overcome the current ‘hard times’ facing the country and the media sectors in economic and employment terms. He believed that such work underlined the scope of the media and cultural industries to make a real contribution within a coherent strategy for a better or “smart” economic, social and cultural future.

Declan Tuite, Chair of the school’s BSc Multimedia programme congratulated the students on the creativity and ingenuity shown by the various student groups in designing and realising these projects. He also proposed a toast and thank you to the families, partners and friends of the students for their supporting role in making such work possible. Browse samples of this years work at the exhibition website

Journalism graduate heads for Harvard

Kevin Doyle  - Nieman Fellow at Harvard Kevin Doyle, a graduate of DCU’s Masters in Journalism, has been selected as one of 12 journalists from around the world to be a Nieman Fellow at Harvard for the next academic year.

Kevin, who graduated from DCU in 1996, is editor-in-chief of The Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh. During his year in Harvard, he will explore the rise of market freedoms among illiberal governments in Southeast Asia. Kevin has experienced arrest and criminal prosecution in connection with his journalism in Cambodia.

The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard selected a total of 25 journalists from the United States and abroad. The 12 international fellows include the editor of a Panamanian newspaper, the founder of an investigative journalism centre in Romania, a reporter who covers Iran for The New York Times and the editorial page editor of a Russian business daily.

“The new fellows are a highly talented group of journalists with extraordinarily diverse backgrounds and interests. Together, they’ll have the opportunity to share their expertise and learn from each other as they take full advantage of the exceptional educational resources available at Harvard,” said Nieman Foundation Curator Bob Giles.

Established in 1938, the Nieman Foundation administers the oldest mid-career fellowship programme for journalists in the world. More than 1,300 journalists from 90 countries have received Nieman Fellowships.

April, 2010: DCU students were the main winners at the 10th Oxygen, National Student Media Awards in Dublin's Mansion House

"DCU was a big winner on the night as the college claimed 10 prizes..." (the Irish Independent, 22 April 2010).

DCU students were the big winners on the night as the college claimed a total of 10 prizes. DCU student Samuel Hamilton took the Journalist of the Year and Magazine of the Year prizes at the 10th Awards in Dublin's Mansion House. Stephen Mangan was another double winner as he took Sports Writer of the Year and Features Writer of the Year awards.

More than 600 students and media personalities attended the event, dubbed the Smedias. 'Sunday Tribune' editor Noirin Hegarty and her 'Irish Times' counterpart Geraldine Kennedy were among the judges for the 33 categories to honour excellence in student media.

January 2010: Workshop on ‘Sustainability – where Science and Society meet’

Co-organised by Brian Trench and Padraig Murphy, a workshop on ‘Sustainability – where Science and Society meet’, was held at DCU Friday, 29th January 2010. This was the fifth event in a series of annual seminars and colloquia on science in society at DCU by Celsius, the DCU interdisciplinary research group on science in society. Contributors to the workshop examined sustainability from environmental, sociological, scientific, philosophical and ethical perspectives. The aim of the workshop was to share understandings of a concept that is increasingly used as a keyword of public policy and institutional strategy. The workshop examined ‘sustainability’ in the several senses of minimising harm to the environment and minimising future hazards or risks, ensuring continuation, and being socially acceptable

School of Communications graduate Kathleen O’Rourke nominated at Oscars

Granny O'Grimm School of Communications graduate Kathleen O’Rourke is the writer and performer of a film nominated for the best animated short film award at the 7th March Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles. Kathleen is a 2001 graduate of the BA in Communication Studies.

Granny O’Grimm was made in 2008 by Irish company Brown Bag Films and centres on a character whom Kathleen devised and whose bedtimes stories are “grimmer than the Grimm fairytales”.

Kathleen O’Rourke said that she was “very excited” about the nomination and has already had a flavour of what is ahead in the awards ceremony from attending a nominee lunch in Los Angeles earlier this month.

She recalled that she was supported and encouraged to pursue comedy writing by her DCU lecturers and by the “very creative class” of which she was a part. Among the characters who featured in sketches she wrote and performed at DCU was a bitter granny character. She developed this further as a member of the Fallen Angels cabaret. Her friend Nicky Phelan, an animator, suggested the character could be the basis of an animated film.

The resulting film has been screened at festivals around the world and received awards at many of these. The film’s production was supported by the Irish Film Board, RTE and the Arts Council.

After DCU, Kathleen took a postgraduate course in primary school teaching and worked as a teacher. “It was very rewarding in its own way, “she said. “But my heart was in comedy.” She is aiming to develop Granny O’Grimm for television and is discussing a school-based sit com project with a production company. Her three years of career break from teaching seem likely to be extended.

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