Cil­lian Sher­lock

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Ial­ways loved English in school and I’ve al­ways been re­ally into TV and film. My first ‘journo thing’ was edit­ing the se­condary school an­nual, so then it seemed right to study jour­nal­ism when I went to UL. I think what at­tracts me is that I just love telling sto­ries – I think Zainab is the same. When it comes to news, you’re in a sense telling young peo­ple things they don’t know, hold­ing pow­er­ful peo­ple to ac­count, all the stan­dard jour­nal­ism things! I’m re­ally into doc­u­men­taries and I re­ally hope to make them my­self some day.

Ev­ery­one in the news­room here in RTÉ has taken a mo­ment to wel­come me and let me know that I can come to them with any ques­tions I might have. The news2day team it­self knocked all the nerves out of me be­fore I went on air. We take it in turns to present the show, so if it’s your turn there’s make-up and wardrobe, all the fun stuff be­fore you go in front of the cam­era.

I’m re­ally happy to be able to do sto­ries that are not just of in­ter­est to chil­dren but to any­one who cares for chil­dren – par­ents, teach­ers or guardians. What’s re­ally great about talk­ing to chil­dren is that their opin­ions pro­vide a fresh take on the is­sues that con­cern ev­ery­one. You’d be sur­prised at how much they ac­tu­ally know about what’s go­ing on in the world.

I think that now more than ever, me­dia lit­er­acy is im­por­tant and hav­ing a news show for chil­dren is a gate­way for them to learn how to see fake news, spin or sen­sa­tion­al­ism. It’s also nice for chil­dren to have some­thing that’s theirs and to have their sto­ries told and shared. I like the idea that it’s not a kids’ news show, but a news show for chil­dren, so all the same prin­ci­ples of jour­nal­ism ap­ply – no bias, bal­ance and so on.

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