Cooper stays top of Twitter list as ‘Irish Times’ dominates
Matt Cooper remains the most influential Irish journalist on Twitter while The Irish Times has the highest number of representatives in an index compiled by public relations firm Murray.
The latest rankings see the Last Word presenter retain his number one spot after ousting Des Cahill last year. He is also named the leading broadcast journalist on the social media platform.
TV3 political correspondent Gavan Reilly is in second place overall on Murray’s list, while Sunday World sports journalist Kevin Palmer comes in third. Newstalk presenter Pat Kenny and RTÉ’s Philip Boucher-Hayes came in fourth and fifth.
The top 10 is rounded out by RTÉ Six One presenter Caitríona Perry, The Irish Times writer, editor and podcaster Róisín Ingle, Keith Mahon, founder of The Taste, economist and The Irish Times columnist David McWilliams and another Irish Times columnist, Una Mullally.
There were 29 new entrants in this year’s top 100 list with Darren McCaffrey, who was appointed Dublin correspondent at Sky last June, the highest new entry.
He was placed in 12th spot overall and is also the highest ranked news journalist.
Other category winners included David McWilliams of The Irish Times (columnist), Gavan Reilly (politics), Conor Pope of The Irish Times (consumer/ personal finance), Dearbhail McDonald of the Independent (business), Ken Sweeney of the Sun (entertainment), RTÉ’s Fergal Bowers (health), Bernice Harrison of The Irish Times (property), Frank FitzGerald of the Times Ireland edition (editorial), Adrian Weckler of the Independent (technology) and Michael O’Toole of the Irish Daily Star (crime).
In its fourth year of publication, more than 720 journalists were ranked across six parameters including popularity, quality of engagement and level of activity.
Overall, the 100 most influential Irish journalists on the platform have close to three million followers between them, a rise of 16 per cent year-on-year.
The Irish Times has the highest number of influential journalists by outlet at 18, followed by RTÉ with 15, Independent News & Media with 14 (17 if you include the Irish Daily Star and Sunday World), the Sunday Business Post with nine, Newstalk with five, the Sunday Times/Times with four and the Irish Examiner and TV3 with three.
David McWilliams retained the position of having the most followers on Twitter, adding over 35,000 since last year.