Mary Raftery Journalism Fund Announces Competition for Place on RTÉ Investigative Journalism Course

Press Release

Sunday, 5th April 2015

Mary Raftery Journalism Fund Announces Competition for Place on RTÉ Investigative Journalism Course

The Mary Raftery Journalism Fund has today (05.04.2015) announced details of a competition for a nominated place on the RTÉ Investigative Journalism Course. This is the second year a Mary Raftery Journalism Fund nominated place has been offered. The offer of the place on the course continues into 2015 the ongoing partnership between RTÉ and the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund.

Journalists are invited to submit applications including two story ideas to info@maryrafteryfund.ie. The deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday, 16th April at 5pm. The course will take place full-time from 25th May to 5th June in RTÉ, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. The application form and guidelines are available to download on www.maryrafteryfund.ie.

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 principles, 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 established 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: “Investigative journalism has a very important role to play in society, and thanks to RTÉ, the Fund hopes that this course will encourage and help journalists to follow in Mary’s footsteps and undertake in-depth investigation that might not otherwise be possible”.

Speaking on the decision to support the MRJF, Deputy Director General Kevin Bakhurst said: RTÉ as the national public service media organisation is delighted to offer this place on the Investigative Journalism Course both in recognition of Mary Raftery’s contribution to broadcasting, and as part of its responsibility for the continuance and development of this very important 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.

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Contact: Emily Brennan, Tel: 086-1658629 / 01-4200580. info@maryrafteryfund.ie.