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Media & Publishing

This area covers a broad spectrum of careers from film & television, broadcasting, radio, journalism, print media, and publishing. With our never-ending appetite for news and entertainment, it is safe to say that this sector is not only competitive but undoubtedly thriving. A degree is not always necessary for entry to the area, but a relevant qualification will give you the edge.

Working in this field is not easy, it can often be for short periods of time and freelance. It is not your everyday 9-5 job, you could be working unusual hours with numerous deadlines, but there is a thrill in it and is an exciting and varied career sector to consider.

Creativity is the essential skill for many jobs in this sector. Communication skills, the ability to work well in a team, IT skills and confidence are also likely to be important.

In Irish Film, Tv and Broadcastingit there are a wide range of areas to get involved in such as production, broadcast and distribution of feature films, animation, TV drama, documentaries, news and current affairs, light entertainment, children’s programmes and advertising.

Film making – This is the process of making a film, from an initial story idea or commission through scriptwriting, shooting, editing and finally distribution to an audience. This process usually involves a lot of people and can take several months to years to complete.

This is typically a high profile industry making it difficult and extremely competitive to get in to. It is one of tose career where you should start of small then build your way up the scale eventually getting into the career you want.

Broadcast Television – Even though the internet is catching up fast, TV is still widely popular in today’s society. TV reaches millions of people daily and is the bulk of their entertainment. As digital TV is the latest technology to improve the industry which is creating more job opportunities in broadcasting.

RTÉ is the public service broadcaster in Ireland and the main employer in this sector, with approximately 2,000 staff on the RTÉ campus. Job opportunities for RTÉ, TG4 and TV3 are advertised on their respective websites and in the national press.

Radio – This is the one area which may find a bit of struggle to keep up with modern day broadcasting and the internet but it is still steady at the moment. To pursure a career in radio they look for creative and talented people who are able to responde to these challenges and filled an interesting role. Current options you may find in a radio job would be digital and social media, writing and producing, researching, on-air broadcasting, and sales and marketing.

Getting into Radio happens by various routes. A Degree in Communications or Media Production is one way. Some entrants work their way up from entry level roles, others gain voluntary experience in community or hospital radio. Presenters may be recruited for their specialist knowledge of an area e.g sport or politics gained from a background in that industry or a related area of media.

Ireland has a thriving publishing sector which includes:

  • Newspapers and magazines – researching, writing, editing and illustrating news stories and features on a huge range of local, national and international topics
  • Books – producing fiction and non-fiction titles on an enormous range of subjects
  • Photography – producing images that tell a story or record an event
  • Print – making hard-copy products that include books, newspapers, magazines, greeting cards, brochures and office stationery

Newspapers – Still as popular as ever with nearly 5.2 million read weekly in Ireland. With around 4,000 people are employed in the industry, including over 2,000 editorial staff.

The availability of digital newspapers and the internet releasing news in an instant is beginning to harm this industry there could be a slight decline in job opportunities here but there will always be an audience for news so newspapers will just have to keep adapting to the new modern era and changing into digital times.

Book publishing – With about 140 publishing companies in Ireland, there is only a few permanent staff. So, it is difficult to secure a job in this area. But again it is an exciting career and world to be part of.

To get a book published, one would usually find a publisher that is receptive to what you have written. This would then be evaluated by a ‘Series editor’ who would then pass it on to a ‘Commissioning editor’ to see if would be commercially viable to produce. If all goes well, you could get a publishing contract after a few months. At this stage, the book needs to be written.

However, to work in book publishing work experience would be necessary and determination is the key to a successful career.

New media – The global network of the internet connects people from all over the world. New Media is defined not only as a communication tool, but also as a tool for the commercial exchange of goods and services. New media workers play an integral part in the development and design of content. Working on the cutting-edge of what’s new and exciting, they create an interactive mix of text, graphics, photography, video, animation and sound.

Music publishing – This is being able to provide the artist a way to release their music. It is basically their job to make as much money for both them and the artist. The most exciting aspect of life as a Music Publisher is that things change rapidly. A style of music currently popular can become outmoded almost overnight. Copyright matters such as Internet usage etc. also bring new challenges and one must be constantly aware of and adaptable to these changes.

IFI

The Irish Film Institute is Ireland’s national cultural institution for film. It provides audiences throughout Ireland with access to the finest independent, Irish and international cinema; it preserves and promotes Ireland’s moving image heritage through the IFI Irish Film Archive, and provides opportunities for audiences of all ages and backgrounds to learn and critically engage with film.

The IFI comprises three core activities:

–       EXHIBIT

–       PRESERVE

–       EDUCATE  

The IFI operates in Dublin, nationally and internationally.

EXHIBIT

The IFI delivers a challenging and diverse programme of the best of international and Irish film culture through a programme of new releases, curated seasons, festivals and events. The IFI is committed to providing its audience with access to the best of new Irish film, including a number of films that would not otherwise have a theatrical release, and many films that would not otherwise be seen in Ireland.

PRESERVE

The IFI Irish Film Archive acquires, preserves and makes available Ireland’s moving image heritage, working to ensure that Ireland’s rich and varied film history, both amateur and professional, is protected and accessible for the benefit of current and future generations

EDUCATE

IFI Education actively introduces new audiences to film culture and provides young people throughout Ireland with access to challenging and inspiring cinema. This is achieved through an extensive schools programme, both at the IFI and touring nationally, and through a number of innovative programmes aimed at family, youth and life-long learning audiences.

IFTN

Irish Film & Television Network is recognised both countrywide and worldwide as the largest online information resource and network for and about the Irish film and television industry.

Services include:

PRODUCTION IRELAND • POST PRODUCTION • FILM FINANCE • FACILITIES • LOCATION SERVICES • COMMERCIALS • DIGITAL • DISTRIBUTION • FESTIVALS & MARKETS • BROADCAST • TRAINING • CAST & CREW EQUIPMENT • INDUSTRY WHO’S WHO • FILM CREDITS • COMPANY PROFILES • DIARY CLASSIFIEDS • NOTICEBOARDS • NEWS

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