Berni Dwan speaking with Irish Examiner news editor Deirdre O’Shaughnessy and Dublin Inquirer co-founder Sam Tranum about commissioning, the kind of stories they are looking for, and what kind of pitch catches their eye.
Deirdre O’Shaughnessy is News Editor of the Irish Examiner.
She worked as a journalist for 15 years in local print and broadcast media in Limerick, Galway and Cork.
As a freelancer she has written news, features and opinion for the Sunday Business Post, Irish Times, the Herald and Irish Tatler. She has contributed regularly to TV and radio shows in Ireland, as well as NPR and BBC radio. Deirdre has twice received a Simon Cumbers Media Fund Bursary. She has an LLB in Law & European studies from UL and a MSc in Government from UCC.
Sam Tranum is co-founder and deputy editor of Dublin Inquirer, a local independent newspaper publishing online weekly and in print monthly. He is also editor at Four Courts Press, publishing primarily academic Irish history books. Before moving to Ireland in 2013, he worked as a reporter in West Virginia, Florida and Washington DC, worked as a newspaper editor in Kolkata, India, and taught journalism at the American University of Central Asia, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Berni Dwan teaches, writes, and makes radio programmes. She instigated three shows in Scene + Heard in Smock Alley -Unrhymed Dublin, The Seven Ages; Like It or Not, and A Fishy Tail of Sound and Fury. Her poems have been published in Poetry Ireland Review and Irish Times New Irish Writing, among others. She is currently working on three BAI funded radio series - Growing Up Between the Dustjackets, Hedge Schools Beyond the Shrubbery, and Hungry Gap, Fat Friars & Food Poverty.