Limerick journalism students produce two newspapers and give local communities a voice

JOURNALISM students at the University of Limerick have spread their reach to the city's disadvantaged communities in producing two new newspapers.

JOURNALISM students at the University of Limerick have spread their reach to the city's disadvantaged communities in producing two new newspapers.

Undergraduate and Masters journalism students have now produced two new titles - City Voice and Parish Voice - to benefit the city, as well as suburban communities that come under the remit of the regeneration agencies.

Associate vice president at UL, Professor Sarah Moore said this project is one of many UL is undertaking in its efforts to reach out to disadvantaged communities in Limerick.

"We hope the city at large and the community of St Mary's Park will benefit from these publications and I hope our students have gained real life experience of producing an accurate and relevant papers that give fair and balanced coverage of the main issues concerning Limerick residents", said Prof Moore.

Course director Tom Felle said the symbolism of the use of the word 'Voice' in the titles is important as it gives local communities "a previously unheard voice in their city".

City Voice has been produced by 30 second year BA Journalism students and the Parish Voice by the current Masters in Journalism cohort.

City Voice is designed for the city, with a mix of news, features, sports and Irish language journalism. It has been entirely conceived, written, edited and produced by second year journalism students.

Published last week, it contains an exclusive interview with Environment Minister John Gormley, who confirms that the Brosnan Plan will be brought to Cabinet before the Government folds.

Other features include a two-page special on the Brosnan Plan and its likely impact on the city; a political preview on the upcoming elections and its impact on Limerick, and an interview with Road Safety Authority chairman Gay Byrne on the new road safety cameras in Limerick, among many other notable pieces of journalism.

The Parish Voice, has been produced by MA students in conjunction with the Regeneration Agency, and focuses this year on St Mary's Park in the city.

Previously, UL journalism students produced newspapers highlighting issues in the two other regeneration areas, in the Moyross Voice in 2009 and the Southill Voice, published earlier this year.