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.