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Update: Irish Times communities editor David Cochrane has pointed out that, while the main @IrishTimes twitter account does not engage with followers, many of the staff who have twitter accounts do engage. I’m happy to clarify that point. Data protection is boring. Obscure activist groups in Austria suing Facebook over their cookie policy, or yet […]

Serious Stories

While following the Tuam mass graves scandal, over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been working on some programme proposals for the Sound+Vision and Mary Raftery Journalism Fund. The former are the light entertainment features, the latter is a bit more serious. And although both deadlines are approaching fast, I’ve been devoting more time and […]

The Game of Thrones guide to Irish politics

Always pays his debts. Even if it bankrupts the state. Regarded by some as the real king in the North, by others as a bastard. Cool beard. The king of even further North Blonde. Lives overseas. The real queen. Strong links to the old regime Short of supporters now No one really wants him Pompous. […]

Below the Line

Everyday, in every newspaper, editors go through correspondence from readers and pick the best for publication. Done well, a letters page gives a feel for public opinion, for which stories are striking a chord, and which arguments are winning. Put another way, user generated content is nothing new. Yet online, its has become almost an […]

Sources: A glossary

In the interests of full disclosure, 200 Words is pleased to provide this guide to journalistic terms of art, to better assist readers in navigating media reports relying on information of uncertain origin. Sources: Pretty much anyone I talk to. Informed sources: Anyone who listened to that Morning Ireland interview I missed. Reliable sources: She […]