Is Local Media Really Dying (and Would Anybody Care)?

When talk turns to the health of Ireland’s media, national publication and websites generally sop up much of the attention. But how are local and regional publications faring?

Are we headed the same way as in the United Kingdom, where the number of regional journalists has halved in recent years? Or is the landscape sturdier here? And what, if anything, needs to change in the way we fund public interest local news?

At one of the recent Banter talks at the Beatyard festival in Dún Laoghaire on 4 August, we got a panel together to talk about just that – and more.

Hosted by Lois Kapila (Dublin Inquirer), the line-up included David Burke (editor, Tuam Herald), David Lynch (editor, Dundalk Democrat), and Stephanie Costello (Centre for Critical Media Literacy, DIT). You can listen to the discussion below.

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Sam Tranum: Sam Tranum is co-founder of Dublin Inquirer. You can reach him at [email protected]

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