Expat Kid: Return to Luxembourg

Returning to visit Luxembourg after a year abroad is like slipping into your favourite winter coat after a long summer. It’s the reassuring handshake with a good friend you haven’t seen in years.… Continue reading

Surfing in Bundoran, Donegal: so much fun!

I went surfing for the first time last weekend and it was SO much fun! If you’ve never gone before I’d highly recommend trying it out for yourself! I’ve definitely found a new passion. Ella and… Continue reading

End of my Google contract

It feels like I only recently started, but my time at Google has already come to an end! 11 months have passed in what feels like two or three. In equal parts challenging,… Continue reading

Investigative Journalism Course Certificate

Just a quick post to say I’ve completed the online course in investigative journalism I signed up to a while back and earned the below certificate of completion. Woo! This was my second free… Continue reading

Don’t Forget To Vote: 2014 EU Elections!

It’s time to vote in the new Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) for the next 5 years! Voting takes place across Europe between today and the 25th of May, depending on which… Continue reading

Journopreneur Workshop in London

I’ve signed up for a one day  Journopreneur Workshop in London on the 31st of May. It looks pretty cool and covers (among other things) the following: Sourcing, pitching and telling stories across platforms.… Continue reading

EU elections: are you too late to register?

You may be running out of time if you still need to register to vote in May’s European Parliament elections! Why all countries can’t have the same deadline I don’t know, but here’s the run down:

Video: Family Ski Trip 2013-2014

A New Year’s ski holiday in the French ski resort of La Clusaz with my parents and brothers proved the perfect opportunity for me to test out my latest video equipment: a video camera I  got for Christmas and a POV… Continue reading

New Online Data Journalism Courses

I’ve just earned a certificate for the completion of another online data course, Making Sense of Data, and hopefully taken another step towards becoming a full-fledged data journalist. I also have another excellent course… Continue reading

Hands on with the Oculus Rift

More impressive than I dared hope, the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset has to be tried to be believed. It’s like dreaming: you actually need to concentrate to remember what you’re seeing is… Continue reading

Three Years of Ella

After almost a year and a half living apart, my girlfriend Ella has moved from the UK to live with me in Dublin! She’s now been living over here for a week and… Continue reading

You can change the EU

Make your voice heard in the EU – it’s easier than you think! If you live in the EU there are three easy ways you can have a real impact this January. Elect… Continue reading

Choose Europe’s next Green leader

For the first time in EU history citizens will be able to elect candidates for the role of European Commission President. Granted, this option is (so far) limited to choosing the top two… Continue reading

My predictions for 2014

I got a new video camera for Christmas and went on ski trip for New Year’s. The result? My top ten predictions for 2014, from the French Alps!

Help fix EU copyright law

If you do one thing this month, please take a moment to protect your digital freedom: go to Copywrongs.eu and let the EU know how copyright law affects you.

Amazon: The Truth Behind the Click

I recently watched Panorama’s undercover documentary Amazon: The Truth Behind The Click. Having worked in several Amazon warehouses on video projects I learned their workers don’t have it easy…but then does anyone doing a low-wage… Continue reading

Terms & Conditions May Apply

I’ve just finished watching the premiere of Cullen Hoback‘s brilliant Terms and Conditions May Apply. It was streamed live by Demand Progress and  free for the first 3000 people to log on. I was lucky enough to… Continue reading

Journalism of Hope: Lord Puttnam at Google

Lord Puttnam came to Google Dublin recently and gave a brilliant talk on leadership which I attended – read my thoughts on Puttnam’s Five Laws of Creative Leadership over here. But now I… Continue reading

Lord Puttnam’s 5 Laws of Creative Leadership

When I heard Lord Puttnam was to give a lecture at Google I wondered if I would like him, knowing as I did the chilling effect he had almost had on free speech as a… Continue reading

Paint the town red: Hallowe’en in Dublin

Dracula, written in 1897 by Irishman Bram Stoker, is one of my all-time favourite books (if you haven’t read it yet, read it now, it’s  free!). No surprise then I was excited to… Continue reading

New job with Google

I’m now working as a University Programmes Coordinator for Google, at their EMEA headquarters in Dublin. This wasn’t planned: after finishing my internship with Amazon I was looking forward to a summer break… Continue reading

Review: Kildare Village shopping outlet

This review was originally written for and published on FashionFetishism.com. I needed to do some clothes shopping and thought it would be fun to do something a bit different at the same time!  Photos… Continue reading

End of my Amazon internship

After almost a year my extended internship with Amazon is now over. I traveled around Europe creating recruitment videos, scoped out and launched an EU-wide social media recruitment project and helped launch then… Continue reading

Amazon recruitment video #2

After my first recruitment video, I was asked to produce a second one as part of my continuing internship with Amazon EU.  I was asked to film employees talking about their role as ‘Transportation Project Mangers’.… Continue reading

The future of the press may not be print or digital…but both

Below is my first foray into the world of infographics, a project looking at declining print circulation within the British press. It was inspired by an article I read on February’s circulation figures and is… Continue reading

Amazon recruitment video #1

As part of an internship with Amazon EU I was asked to film and edit a recruitment video for the role of ‘Area Manger’ in Amazon’s warehouses. You can see the result, which… Continue reading

Sky News Project: Luxembourg & the EU

This is a short piece-to-camera Sky News asked me to make for a voice of Europe project they were working on. Although Sky News liked my contribution unfortunately the project itself was never… Continue reading

Leveson is wrong: We should enshrine press freedom in statute, not press regulation

Britain’s laws weren’t designed to produce ethical journalism, but to defend against damaging journalism. This means journalists don’t have any incentive to act responsibly in the current system. If we really want responsible… Continue reading

New events website: eccentric.lu

I’m now working for Amazon.eu at their EU headquarters in Luxembourg as a communications & media intern, on a variety of social and multimedia projects. Not content with the vast amount of work… Continue reading

EU4U project

With a combined population of over 500 million inhabitants the European Union is a mind-boggingly bureaucratic and crazily complex confederation of 27 member states. With so much going on it’s no wonder many… Continue reading

Clegg’s £1 billion youth contract “Too little too late”

Nick Clegg’s £1 billion youth contract is “Too little too late”, claims the leader of a Medway youth organisation. Graham Clewes, Chief Executive of the Medway Youth Trust, said Nick Clegg’s £1 billion… Continue reading

Osborne announces Bank of England shake-up

George Osborne has announced the Treasury is to have sole control over the Bank of England when taxpayer’s money is at stake during times of crisis, while the Bank of England is to… Continue reading

May told to scrap new metal laws

The government has put forward new proposals to end the “epidemic” of metal thefts afflicting railway lines, churches, telephone exchanges and metal suppliers. Labour said the proposals of Home Secretary Theresa May, which… Continue reading

Student march met with ‘total policing’ tactics

Politics correspondent Paul Dunne gives his account of the 9th of November student march: “You can shove your rubber bullets up your arse!” was the defiant chant of students in the face of… Continue reading

£275 billion quantitative easing programme bad news for savers

Savers and pensioners are being let down by the Bank of England’s quantitative easing programme (QE), last night boosted to £275 billion. Philip Rush, contributing economist at Nomura Global Economics said: “Predominantly it’s… Continue reading

International news bulletin

As recorded during work experience with Ara City Radio in Luxembourg.

How to fix the Medway Campus

The below opinion piece was published in The Medwire, a student magazine I worked for while studying at the University of Kent’s Centre for Journalism.  Its focus was on how to improve the relatively… Continue reading

Spoil-sports scholarships

University of Kent sports scholars to be banned from Medway teams The University of Kent is to prevent Kent sports scholars from playing for their home teams at the Universities at Medway Campus from… Continue reading

Tennis menace to end

Lurking just beyond the engineering buildings, in the leafy south-eastern corner of the Universities at Medway Campus, lie the universities’ tennis courts. Whilst few students know of their existence, fewer still dare to… Continue reading

Bowling along after 75 years

A BOWLING club welcomed a special guest to open its 75th season. Queenborough Bowling Club played host to the town’s mayor Cllr Carol Champ. Glasses were raised, a new flag unfurled and a celebratory cake cut. Around half the club’s… Continue reading

Giant transformer to cause chaos…again

Another 417 ton electrical transformer is to cause heavy traffic on its way from Chatham’s docks to Faversham power station in Sittingbourne, on Friday the 5th of March. Yesterday evening saw several hours worth… Continue reading

Eurozone peril

The Eurozone economy has ground to a halt as figures released today show it has stagnated in the last few months of 2009. The collective economy of the 16 nations using the euro… Continue reading

New bankers’ bonuses regulation “destined to fail”

New European Union (EU) rules aimed at curbing bankers’ bonuses have sparked alarm in the City’s hedge fund industry which says there is no need for reform in their part of the banking… Continue reading

Gillingham FC v Charlton Athletic

A radio report on the Gillingham FC v Charlton Athletic football match which took place in Gillingham’s Priestfield Stadium on 25th October 2009.