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Stimulating RTÉ Experiences for DkIT Students

Posted on January 17, 2017

Students on the BA (Hons) in Film & Television Production programme (DK864) have been fortunate to visit RTÉ as part of the ongoing partnership between the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music at DkIT and RTÉ. 

Students were guided on a tour of the RTÉ studios which included attending news planning meetings, meeting key members of the News Technology Team, accessing the Newsroom, Gallery and Studio areas, and edit suites. The students also had presentations from Tanya Sillem (Producer for RTÉ News TV bulletins) with visit to edit suite to see graphics in action and Patricia O’Callaghan (Multimedia Journalist) detailing the online news operation. Further presentations included Aoife Stokes (Producer of Claire Byrne Live) on current affairs programmes and Philip Bromwell (VJ and MoJo trained journalist) on reporting using new technologies. The group also got to experience the broadcast of the One O’Clock News.

Another tour facilitated over 30 students who formed part of the studio audience for Claire Byrne Live on Monday. Two students, Dean Gordon and Ciaran Dowling, got to sit in the galley and watch the director, David Donaghy, and production team in action. Students could witness and engage with the different roles that exist within the industry and identify how their learning at DkIT will assist them in their future careers.

These two visits to RTÉ were part of a Current Affairs Studio assignment for students in the third year of the BA (Hons) in Film & Television Production. Students are producing two live 26 minute current affairs programmes featuring serious news reports, analysis and interviews with leading politicians and public figures. Also, as part of their learning this semester, they have received masterclasses from Cathy Grieve, BBC Producer and David Donaghy, RTÉ/BBC Director.

The BA (Hons) in Film & Television Production recognises the continued need for high-functioning generalists in the screen media industries and students on the programme engage areas such as TV Studio Production, Documentary Film Production and Drama Production for Film and Television. Practical modules are complimented by a range of theory-driven modules - including Film Studies, Writing for Film and TV and Media Studies. Previous work by students has been screened at a wide variety of Film festivals both nationally and internationally.

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