Social Newsmaker conference to help organisations sharpen media skills

The Irish Examiner and Mediacontact.ie have joined forces with UCC to launch Cork’s inaugural Social Newsmaker conference.

The purpose of the half-day conference, which will take place on Mar 5, is to inspire 100 organisations to join the social news revolution by learning the tricks and skills from the best social news creators around.

Speaking following the launch Dolan O’Hagan, Irish Examiner executive editor for news and digital, said the newspaper was delighted to become official media sponsors for the event. “The digital space is an integral part of what we believe should be the mixed print and digital solution that everyone, from the community group to the large business, should be embracing to promote their enterprise. We are working hard to improve on every facet of that mixed solution and that is why we are delighted to be associated with this event,” he said.

Mediacontact.ie managing director Jack Murray said that knowing how to effectively create and spread social news is now essential to being a successful organisation.

“While many companies are good at telling stories in traditional ways they need to sharpen their social media skills in order to reach new audiences,” said Mr Murray.

The conference will hear from some of Ireland’s most inspiring social media communicators, including marketing campaign manager with Cully & Sully, Elaine Doyle, (@cullyandsully); author of Isn’t it well for ye: The book of Irish Mammies, Colm O’Regan, (@irishmammies); Irish Defence Forces chief military spokesperson, Denis Hanly, (@defenceforces); and corporate communications manager with Irish Rail, Barry Kenny, (@irishrail).

For more information on the conference please go to www.mediacontact.ie/socialnews Picture: Announcing the Social Newsmaker — How to Tell Your Story Online conference in Cork, in association with the ‘Irish Examiner’ (@irishexaminer) in UCC on Mar 5, are Jack Murray, MD Mediacontact.ie (@Mediamurray), David O’Mahony, Irish Examiner (@davidomahony), Fiona Kearney, Director of Glucksman Gallery (@fionakearney), and Elaine Doyle of Cully & Sully (@cullyandsully). Picture: Denis Scannell

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