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GRIT: Journalism graduating class launches alternative magazine

Posted: 5 May, 2015

The graduating class of Journalism students in the DIT School of Media have launched their final year magazine, entitled GRIT.

Speaking at the launch, editor Sarah Fitzgerald said the magazine editorial team and contributors wanted to provide a different kind of lifestyle magazine, of interest to both men and women.  “GRIT is an alternative lifestyle magazine.  The aim of the magazine is to provide an avant garde reading experience that stands apart from mainstream magazines both in content and aesthetic.  It provides an unconventional look at Irish society and culture today.”

Copies of GRIT are available from the School of Media or you can read it online

GRIT is the third magazine produced by the graduating class.  Tairseach is the magazine produced by students studying Journalism and Irish, while students studying Journalism and French also produced their final year magazine, entitled Metropolitan.  Copies of both magazines are available from the School of Media.

The magazines were formally launched last week at the first annual Media and Society lecture, delivered by Professor Natalie Fenton, Goldsmiths University, London.  Introducing the speaker, Kate Shanahan, Assistant Head of the School of Media, welcomed Professor Fenton as the inaugural speaker in what will be an annual series highlighting topics and research of interest to both the media industry and the wider public.  Professor Fenton’s wide-ranging lecture on "Unequal, unfair and undemocratic: Media, power and politics in the digital age" was attended by current students and colleagues and by members of the media, including many DIT graduates.  An article by Professor Fenton on the topic was published by The Irish Times online on Friday 01 May.

Following the lecture and questions and answers, Dr. Michael Foley introduced the editors of each of the student magazines to the audience and invited them to say a few words about their final year publications and their editorial processes.  Congratulating them on the results, he pointed out the challenge for each of the editors who were elected leaders of their respective teams, and how this required them to succeed in their task by persuasion, collaboration and cooperation.