“News2day

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is 15 years old this year. I’m on the pro­gramme since 2013 and we are still cen­tred on our view­ers. We visit a school or club ev­ery day and now we’re in­volv­ing them more and more by ask­ing them to make videos that we can show. We have in­tro­duced a Ques­tion of the Week, which gives them an op­por­tu­nity to have their opin­ions aired. Dur­ing the last gen­eral elec­tion we asked our view­ers to video them­selves putting ques­tions to the lead­ers of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties. They asked ques­tions about home­less­ness, the refugee sit­u­a­tion, ed­u­ca­tion and health­care, which shows us that they are in­ter­ested in the world around them. We put their ques­tions to the party lead­ers and they an­swered them on tape. It was a great way for chil­dren to have their voices heard. We have been so lucky with the young jour­nal­ists that have worked on news2day.

From day one, they are out reporting and pre­sent­ing live on TV. This is train­ing they would be hard pressed to find else­where. news2day is in the heart of the RTÉ news­room and the team work be­side their news col­leagues in TV, ra­dio and on­line, and it’s a won­der­ful spring­board to careers in me­dia.” Co-editor of news2day, Avril Hoare

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