Saturday 21 April 2018

Dobson all set for college return as a professor

RTE newsreader Bryan Dobson is to take up a position as a lecturer
RTE newsreader Bryan Dobson is to take up a position as a lecturer
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

RTE News anchor Bryan Dobson is going back to college in September after taking up a role at the University of Limerick.

Mr Dobson is due to take up an unpaid position as an adjunct professor of journalism.

As the most recognisable 'face' in Irish journalism as anchor of RTE's flagship 'Six One News' programme, Mr Dobson will join the former 'Irish Times' editor Geraldine Kennedy and 'Sunday Times' columnist Justine McCarthy on the UL staff.

The new position will not impact on Mr Dobson's role with RTE. The presenter will work with the students twice a year, helping them develop their presentation and interview skills, as well as providing voice coaching in UL's digital broadcast centre.

"I hope I can share something of my own experience in broadcasting with the students, as well as discussing with them the dramatic changes taking place in media and journalism," said Mr Dobson.

Lecturer in Journalism at the University of Limerick Tom Felle said the appointment will have huge benefits for students and it will help to make the university's graduates more employable.

"We have the best employment rates in the country – not just in journalism but right across the different sectors," said Mr Felle.

"It is an enormous coup for the university."

During his career, Mr Dobson has reported for RTE on the most important Irish stories for the last 20 years.

He has also broadcast from global news events, including the first free elections in South Africa in 1994; the 9/11 attacks; the London Tube bombings and the Good Friday Agreement.

Irish Independent

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