Learning Waves, in partnership with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, yesterday announced the ten successful candidates for the 2022 Learning Waves Journalism Graduate Programme. The paid internship initiative, which is jointly funded by the BAI and Learning Waves Skillnet, is supported by Newstalk, Shannonside, Radio Kerry, Ocean FM, Galway Bay FM, Midlands 103, iRadio, Midwest Radio, Off the Ball and Tipp FM. Over the five-month placement period, each of the 10 graduates will receive mentorship, practical training, personal development, and content creation opportunities while working in one of the country’s independent radio stations.
The 10 graduates taking part in the 2022 programme are:
- Kyle Duffy, Independent College, Dublin who is undertaking a placement with Midwest Radio.
- Dan Hanratty, University of Maynooth, who is undertaking a placement with Off The Ball.
- Sorcha Burke, Munster Technological University, Kerry who is undertaking a placement with Radio Kerry.
- Donal Ryan, University of Galway, who is undertaking a placement with Ocean FM.
- Rachel Timoney, University of Galway, who is undertaking a placement with Galway Bay FM.
- Jack Cunnane, University of Maynooth, who is undertaking a placement with Shannonside.
- Heather Lawrie, Griffith College Dublin, who is undertaking a placement with Newstalk.
- Clodagh McKeon, IT Carlow, who is undertaking a placement with iRadio.
- Chloe Farrell, IT Carlow, who is undertaking a placement with Midlands 103.
- Katie O’Donovan, University of Limerick, who is undertaking a placement with Tipp FM.
Commenting on the programme, Chief Executive of the BAI, Celene Craig said: “We know from the JNLR figures and the Digital News Report that radio continues to be very popular in Ireland and it is an essential source for trusted information and engaging content for people of all ages. To that end, it’s vital that our recent graduates have a genuine enthusiasm for radio and can continue to engage that audience in innovative ways. The Journalism Graduate Programme is hugely important in attracting new graduates to the medium and showcasing all that it has to offer.