2014 Funding Rounds & Initiatives

Public Interest Funding Round (2014)

Awards totaling over €40,000 were awarded to 8 successful journalists from all strands of media as part of the fourth round of funding which fell under the theme of ‘Public Interest’.

Successful projects included: ‘Who cares for the carer?’ by Newstalk producer Sorcha Heron; ‘The Methadone Market’ by RTÉ Radio 1 broadcast journalist / reporter Della Kilroy; ‘My Modern Family’ by SPIN 103.8 broadcast journalist, Ian Byrne; ‘War in Eastern Congo’ by Dearbhla Glynn; and ‘Prejudice and Pride’ by Shaun O’Boyle, broadcast on Newstalk FM.

Click here to view published and broadcast projects from the 2014 Public Interest funding round.


RTÉ Investigative Journalism Course

The Mary Raftery Journalism Fund was supported by RTÉ. Allied to its support of the aims and objectives of the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund, RTÉ offered one place on a two-week investigative journalism course with the RTÉ Investigations Unit to a nominee of the Fund.

Caroline Crimmins was named as the successful applicant and she completed the two week programme on site at RTÉ, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 during May 2014.

The purpose of the course  course was to help upskill programme makers and journalists to deliver long and short from investigative reports across television, radio, print and online. The course involved highly interactive and practical training which included 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.