No More Rooms

Writers’ Rooms, which appeared in the Guardian on a Saturday, never had a byline or mentioned who edited or compiled it, so when it disappeared at the end of July, I emailed its dedicated photographer Eamonn McCabe to see where it had gone. There was no announcement, no ‘Writers Rooms will return in September’, nothing…

Free become one

The press release issued last week by the owning triumvirate of the forthcoming Metro Herald newspaper offered little by way of information on what is now a confirmed merger. It was amazingly hollow, in fact. (The text of it is below the fold). Hiding behind the merger’s ratification by the Competition Authority, the release merely…

Shortt-changed

Today was the first day I’ve heard Morning Ireland refer to new Washington correspondent, Charlie Bird, on a wire from the US capital. Out with the (relatively) new, in with the old, which means it’s a quiet farewell to four-year veteran of the Yankee beat, Robert Shortt. Regardless of what motivated the move (Bird said…

Journalist or Fetish Model?

Originally uploaded by la olĀ“skull Times are tough in the newsrooms of the nation. The Irish Times is letting people go, Independent News and Media are rationalising an already stripped-out outfit, and Newstalk and Today FM are looking at ‘sharing’ journalists to ensure Denis O’Brien can still afford flights to his tax haven. If you’re…

Pollocks to the Rules

Over the Christmas season, while most of us are munching turkey and passing the cranners, Mark Pollock will be preparing for a race to the South Pole. It’s the first time it’s been done since Amundsen and Scott raced there in the early 1900s – the race which made Ernest Shackleton famous. Pollock is retracing…