UCC Journalism Conference to tackle the 8th Amendment and the Decriminalisation of Drugs in Ireland

9 February 2016
By Bryan Smyth


The UCC Journalism Society are delighted to announce that they will host the 8th Annual UCC Journalism Conference in the Council Chambers, UCC, on Friday the 12th of February.

This year’s conference will take a look at two of Ireland’s most debated media topics in recent weeks; the 8th Amendment and the Decriminalisation of Drugs in Ireland.

The conference, which is a must attend event for those interested in, working in and studying media, has proven to be a great success in the past, hosting a wide variety of industry speakers from areas such as print, broadcast and radio journalism speaking on issues from conflict and investigative reporting to the ‘death of the newspaper’.

This year will be no different with established and informative speakers including Head of Amnesty Ireland Colm O’Gorman, journalist, playwright, activist and feminist Nell McCafferty, actress, author and comedian Tara Flynn, Independent Drug Researcher Tim Bingham, Director of Help Not Harm Graham De Barra, journalist, author and Hot Press Editor-at-Large Olaf Tyaransen, with more to be announced.

Dr Catherine O’Sullivan, UCC, will be the Keynote Speaker for the event.

Speaking this week, Holly Cooney, Conference Convener stated “We are delighted to have such established speakers discussing key issues in the media today”

“The UCC Journalism Society has a strong tradition of preparing students for careers in media and we hope that students and others alike will take the opportunity to engage in these debates on core issues in today’s media landscape.”

Admission is €5. Tickets will be on sale in UCC this week and can also be reserved for payment on the day by emailing journalism@uccsocieties.ie

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