Institute Hosts Irish Press

By Sean Smith
Staff Writer

The Boston College Irish Institute hosted 12 representatives from newspapers in the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland this week as part of its newly established program in civic journalism.

During their week-long visit, which began May 8, the program participants will meet with current and former journalists in Boston, New York City and Louisville to discuss the concept of civic journalism and how it might be applied in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

"We have people coming from an environment which has been marked by instability and violence, but now promises a far more positive future," said Irish Institute Assistant Director Colm O'Comartun. "The goal here is to start a dialogue about the impact of conflict on reporting and writing, and the possibility of focusing on community or civic stories and reporting styles."

Participants include editors and reporters from national daily newspapers such as the Belfast Telegraph and Irish Times , as well as regional and local publications.

Renowned media experts such as Marvin Kalb and William Ketter are scheduled to talk with the participants, as well as Jay Rosen, a faculty member in the New York University Journalism Department who is a leading proponent of civic journalism.

The visitors also talked with representatives from several newspapers, including the Boston Herald, the Boston Globe and the Louisville Courier-Journal .

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