Former Irish Times editor to lead Limerick’s journalists

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A FORMER editor of The Irish Times has been appointed as an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Limerick.

A FORMER editor of The Irish Times has been appointed as an adjunct professor of journalism at the University of Limerick.

UL has announced that Geraldine Kennedy, former editor of The Irish Times, who retired in June 2011, and Sunday Times columnist and investigative journalist Justine McCarthy will both take up the unpaid roles this September.

Under this three-year post, the two formidable journalists will work with the college’s journalism students on investigative projects, give masterclasses in the field, as well as one-to-one guidance.

They will also sit on the university’s advisory board, to guide the college on how the BA in journalism and new media, as well as the MA programme, should advance in the future.

Professor Don Barry, president of UL, said “these appointments further cement the position of the journalism programmes at the University of Limerick as being at the cutting edge of journalism education in this country.”

Tom Felle, head of the journalism department, said “journalism students will be working alongside two of the most important women in Irish journalism. Anyone considering a career in journalism will now have the opportunity to be trained by some of the best journalists in the country at UL.”