Literary Workshops 2018

Journalism with Justine McCarthy

Journalism with Justine McCarthy
(Do or Die )

Colaiste Pobail Bheanntraí

Mon 16 July to Fri 20 July 2018

09.30 - 12.30


Age Range


Join award-winning Sunday Times’ journalist Justine McCarthy for a five-day journalism workshop. Justine will look at:

1. The Death Wish Career: Why it makes perfect sense to follow a career that will consume your life and possibly kill you early in a business that is dying on its feet.

2. Investigative Journalism is Tautological Self-Aggrandisement: Why all journalism should be investigative, and how to do it.

3. Pack Your Stamina and a Stomach for Subversion: Because objectivity is a myth, these are your rudimentary tools.

4. Where Have All the People Gone? How journalism styles have changed. We’ve had participative journalism, human interest journalism and the new journalism.  Welcome to the age of predictive journalism when today’s newspaper will tell you what politicians will tell you tomorrow.

5. The System, the Spin, the Solicitors, the Sheer Stress – the biggest impediments to telling the truth, and how fake news is a gift to our dumb world.

In advance of the workshop participants will be asked to submit a 500 word piece to Justine starting: “I want to be a journalist because…”

Bandonian Justine McCarthy is a columnist and political correspondent with the Sunday Times.  She is the author of two books, Mary McAleese: The Outsider and Deep Deception: Scandals in Irish Swimming. She is a frequent broadcaster and public speaker and was an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Limerick.  She has written for the Guardian, the Washington Post and the Observer and has won more than a dozen journalism awards, including columnist of the year, features writer of the year, woman journalist of the year, public interest story of the year, campaigning and social justice journalist of the year, and the Journalists' Journalist award for features writing.

She was named after a Bantry man, Justin McCarthy, who was her father's dear friend.

Photo Credit: Patrick Bolger