Writing Links:

In this section, I’m highlighting the importance of writing and the importance of writing.  Good writing skills allow you to communicate your message with clarity and ease to a far larger audience  What Makes Writing So Important? Writing is the primary basis upon which your work, your learning, and your intellect will be judged—in college, in…

In the news: 29-06-2019

Mulhuddart shooting leaves man in serious condition in hospital A man is in a serious condition in hospital after being shot in Dublin. Gardaí said the shooting incident occurred in Mulhuddart, Dublin 15, on Saturday evening at about 5:30pm. A man, whose age is not yet known, was taken to hospital in a serious condition….

Understanding Politics: Different types of Democracy

DEMOCRACY: The origin of the word is Greek, meaning “rule by the people”.  Aristotle ranked Democracy as the third-best form of government, after aristocracy and monarchy. Democracy is sometimes referred to as “rule of the majority”, Etymological roots of democracy (Greek demos and Kratos) imply that the people are in power and thus that all democracies are participatory….

In the news: 28-6-2019

Donald Trump jokes to Putin ‘don’t meddle in the election’ Much of Donald Trump’s time in office has been overshadowed by allegations Moscow helped get him elected, but when it came to confronting Vladimir Putin on the issue, the US president did it in a joke. London Bridge attack: MI5 and police cleared of failing…

In the news: 27-6-2019

These are just a collection of stories that I read today, no political leanings, no hidden agenda, just news. Contempt motion against journalist over Kriégel case A judge has granted leave to issue a contempt of court motion after a journalist allegedly named one of the boys convicted of Ana Kriégel’s murder twice on a…

Rob’s Notes: Agenda setting and Framing part 1

Framing and agenda setting: While agenda setting or gatekeeping decides what a newspaper or broadcaster covers or does not cover, the frame is the overarching angle of how the various stories are treated once they are covered. Framing, like agenda setting, is an inherently ideological act (whether consciously or not). The frame of a story…

Movie review: The banality of the Legend of Tarzan

There is a certain banality of what is right and wrong, while it is simple to say that someone just doing a job must be evil when that job involves the harm of others, perhaps it is not as simple as that person is good and that person is bad. The Legend of Tarzan is…

Interesting reads:

You are Facebook’s product, not customer People need to understand that they are the product of Facebook and not the customer, according to media theorist and writer Douglas Rushkoff. Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica problems are nothing compared to what’s coming for all of online publishing Let’s start with Facebook’s Surveillance Machine, by Zeynep Tufekci in last Monday’s New York Times….


A question I’m always wondered how do you stay on top of the news.  Like most things it takes time to stay on top of current affairs. So here are some of the ways I like to stay on top of the news: 1). Specialize –  There is always going to be an area of…

Interesting reads

Carey: Where journalism education went wrong THE TRUE HISTORY OF FAKE NEWS When paying makes posts go further, but also points out who’s paying: data insights part 1