There are many female journalists doing incredible work in the media industry and we here at MediaHQ want to tip our hat to them.
Nollaig na mBan – or ‘Women’s Christmas’ to any readers from abroad takes place on January 6 and was traditionally celebrated to allow women to take a break after the busy Christmas period. We’re celebrating a bit early by commending some of the best journalists Ireland has to offer. While there’s a very high calibre of media professionals out there, these twenty journalists caught our eye as they are making strides across the media industry.
Sorcha Pollak is a print and online reporter who joined the Irish Times in January 2014. Sorcha is the writer of the newspaper’s New to the Parish series in which newcomers to Ireland talk about the joys and challenges of their new lives. She is interested in social affairs, particularly immigrant communities living in Ireland, human rights and cultural affairs and is also a contributor to the Irish Times ‘Women’s Podcast’.
Before joining the Irish Times Sorcha worked as a reporter for TIME Magazine and a researcher with the Guardian newspaper. She speaks Spanish, French and Irish and has an MSc in Media, Communication and Development from the London School of Economics. Sorcha also holds a BA in European Studies from Trinity College.
Martina Devlin is a columnist for the Irish Independent for the past thirteen years. Martina’s column focuses on current affairs and has been awarded as columnist of the year at the National Newspapers of Ireland.
The Omagh native is also a best selling author, with ten book titles under her name including her latest book Truth Dare. Other titles include The House Where it Happened, Ship of Dreams and Banksters, which she co-wrote with RTÉ’s David Murphy. Martina is the Vice – Chairperson of the Irish Writers Centre and has also been a resident writer at the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco. Grace has a BA in English Literature and Letters from Birkbeck University of London and MPhil in Anglo Irish Literature from Trinity College Dublin.
Mary Kennedy is a broadcaster and co-presenter of Nationwide alongside Anne Cassin. Mary has presented a number of TV programmes for RTÉ, most notably the Eurovision Song Contest in 1995 and her own Saturday night chat show, Kennedy.
Mary began her career in broadcasting in 1978 as a continuity announcer for RTÉ and later becoming newscasters as part of RTÉ News. Mary has been at the forefront of Irish media for major state events such as Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Ireland and also covered the death of former Irish President Patrick Hillery. Mary is also a judge for the annual Rose of Tralee competition.
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