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DIT hosts Dublin Journalism Summer School

Posted: 12 July, 2017

DIT School of Media is playing host to 25 Russian and European journalists who are attending the Public Diplomacy, EU and Russia: Dublin Journalism Summer School taking place from 11th to 14th July.

Dublin Journalism Summer School delegates visiting the RTÉ newsroom

The event, which was developed by the European Federation of Journalism and supported by the European Union delegation in Moscow, aims to foster greater cultural ties between Russia and Europe by bringing together young Russian journalists and their European counterparts in a series of activities.

The Dublin Journalism Summer School involves a series of lectures on a number of topics including, the Irish media landscape, Brexit, Northern Ireland and the Irish economy. The event began with a workshop about Irish media expertly given by Kate Shanahan, Head of Journalism and Communications at DIT. While Dr Harry Browne of the School of Media will also provide some fascinating insights in a briefing on campaigning journalism in Ireland. In addition, attendees will visit RTÉ, the Irish Times,, and Dáil Éireann where they will receive a briefing from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. 

Speaking about the Dublin Journalism Summer School, Head of Journalism and Communications at DIT, Kate Shanahan said, “Journalism at DIT has had a long involvement with both the EU and Russia across various initiatives including training programmes carried out by Professor Michael Foley and Professor Brian O'Neill, and currently through our participation in, EUCheck, a fact-checking project with our partners in the European Journalism Training Association. We are delighted to be involved in the Summer School, and to assist our journalist colleagues in understanding EU and Russian Public Diplomacy at this key time in European relations with Russia."

On their arrival in Dublin on Monday, the delegates were welcomed by Edvardas Aleksandras from the EU Delegation to Russia in Moscow, Jens Siegert who is a Public diplomacy EU and Russia organiser and Director of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Russia, and Nadezhda Azhgikhina, Vice President of the European Federation of Journalists. The week-long itinerary was put together by Seona McReamoinn of Rianta, a specialist agency in inbound academic programmes, exchanges and tours.