“Whose Line is it Anyway: Has journalism died and been replaced by spin?”

DIT Marks 40 Years of Media Education

5th June 2009

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The School of Media in Dublin Institute of Technology is marking forty years of media education with a number of events, including the 2009 Graduate Photography exhibition and the screening and broadcast of work by graduates of Media Arts.   As part of this series, the Department of Journalism and Communications will host a debate on the present and future state of journalism, entitled “Whose Line is it Anyway: Has journalism died and been replaced by spin?”

The debate will consider the role of journalism in the age of the 24-hour news cycle, and how that demand can be met without compromising the integrity of the information or the verification of facts provided by sectional interests.    The debate will be chaired by Michael Foley, Head of the Department of Journalism and Communications in DIT, and the invited speakers are Fintan O’Toole, The Irish Times; Alison O’Connor, Sunday Business Post; John Downing, Deputy Government Press Secretary; and Mark Brennock, Murray Consultants.    The audience will include current students, graduates, working journalists and those involved in other areas of media and communication.  According to, Michael Foley, "It is only right that we at DIT, given our role in training and educating journalists for the past 40 years, should facilitate a discussion on where journalism is going and address the crisis the industry faces. This will be a lively and provocative and timely discussion."  The debate takes place in DIT Aungier Street on Wednesday 10 June at 4pm and will be followed by an informal reception.

Dr Eddie Brennan, Head of the DIT School of Media said he looked forward to welcoming visitors to the debate and also to the graduate showcases.   “DIT has been at the forefront of Irish media and journalism education since 1969. Our graduates have gone on to become leaders in national and international media. As part of our commitment to media education, our students avail of industry standard facilities and training in our television studio, radio studio, newsroom and digital media facilities.”

Editors’ Notes:

For over forty years, the DIT School of Media has provided innovative educational programmes that combine an essential grounding in theoretical studies, with excellent professional production skills. The School offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Journalism, Media Arts, and Photography, which enable students to develop their critical skills while acquiring the practical knowledge to pursue professional careers. Our students are regularly among the award winners at national and international film festivals and competitions.  Many of the leading figures in Irish print, broadcast media, film and public relations are graduates of the DIT School of Media. Former students include Miriam Lord (Irish Times), Orla Guerin (BBC foreign correspondent), Colette Fitzpatrick (TV3), John Moore (Director: Behind Enemy Lines, The Omen 666), Damien O’Donnell (Director: East is East, Inside I’m Dancing), Ned O’Hanlon (Producer and Director).

DIT School of Media Anniversary Events

  • BA Photography Graduate Show opens June 9, at 7.00 pm at the Gallery of Photography & the National Photographic Archive
  • Debate on the Future of Journalism, June 10 at 4.00 in DIT Aungier Street
  • BA Media Arts Graduate Screening of dramas, documentaries and radio features. Reception 6pm, Screening 7.15pm, June 11 in DIT Aungier Street

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