Thursday, 3 April 2014

Journalism Fund Announces Competition for Place on RTÉ Investigative Journalism Course

The Mary Raftery Journalism Fund has today (02.04.2014) announced details of a competition for a nominated place on the RTÉ Investigative Journalism Course. The offer of the place on the course is part of a wider partnership with RTÉ, whereby RTÉ will be one of the supporters of the Fund in 2014.

Journalists are invited to submit applications including two story ideas to info@maryrafteryfund.ie. The deadline for receipt of applications is Tuesday, 15th April 2014 at 5pm. The course will take place full-time from 26th May – 6th June 2014 in RTÉ, Donnybrook, Dublin 4.

On successful completion of the course, participants will have an enhanced skill set which will enable the journalist see an investigation through to conclusion. The course involves highly interactive and practical training which includes advance web skills, legal guidelines and principals, surveillance techniques and training, data harvesting and techniques for investigating financial irregularities, as well as storytelling and developing original journalism.

The Mary Raftery Journalism Fund was created as a result of an initiative by the family and friends of investigative journalist Mary Raftery, who died in January 2012. The aim of the fund is to promote more in-depth investigative coverage of issues close to Mary’s heart.

David Waddell, Chairperson of The Mary Raftery Journalism Fund and husband of the late Mary Raftery said: “We are delighted to partner with RTÉ to offer a place on this course. We believe that investigative journalism remains an essential component of a democratic society and I hope this place will help journalists to undertake the sort of in-depth investigation that might not otherwise be possible. Undoubtedly, RTÉ’s generosity in offering a place on this course and their wider support for the Fund in 2014 will enable others journalists to follow in Mary’s footsteps.

Speaking on the decision to support the MRJF, Director General Noel Curran said: "Mary Raftery was one of Ireland’s most fearless and outstanding journalists and the legacy of her research and broadcast output made a significant contribution to social justice.  Her work was an inspiring example of how investigative journalism and the power of the media can be a positive force for change. It is appropriate that RTÉ as the national public service media organisation offers its support, both in recognition of Mary Raftery’s contribution to broadcasting and as part of its responsibility for the continuance and development of this type of journalism."

All applications will be considered and shortlisted by members of The Mary Raftery Journalism Fund judging panel. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview with representatives from the panel and the RTÉ Investigations Unit.