Journalism students at the University of Limerick are releasing their ninth newspaper consisting of investigative pieces, sports, and general news from in and around the city and county.
Limerick Voice is a 40-page local newspaper, produced by masters and fourth year undergraduate journalism students at UL.
The publication is to be distributed across both city and county with this weekends edition of the Limerick Leader.
The core of this newspaper is investigative journalism, highlighting areas such as mental health waiting lists for children and adolescents and the worrying absenteeism rates in primary schools across Limerick.
Limerick Voice also highlights positive stories from the city and county such as indepth research into the 'ambitious' 2030 development plan and a special report on the review into the regeneration project.
“The aim of this project was to give a voice to the voiceless from regeneration areas, to children and young adults on mental health waiting lists, to the homeless families who will spend Christmas in B&B's in Limerick,” said Limerick Voice editory Michelle Hogan.
“We aim to highlight the unsung heroes of today, the strong individuals who have taken the opportunity to exclusively share their stories with Limerick Voice on a range of important issues emerging from Limerick which are fundamental to society at large.”
Speaking at the launch of the Limerick Voice newspaper, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Professor Tom Lodge said Limerick Voice embodies the kind of educational experience which makes the Journalism programmes at UL so distinctive.
“This project promotes an ethical journalism that is socially engaged and committed in the best kinds of ways. Students learn through working with people in the communities in which they live and in which they may in future find their livelihoods.
" In these settings they can apply, adapt and modify the skills, and conceptions and professional codes that they absorb from the class-room, preparing them for the world of work."
UL School of Journalism subject leader Dr Fergal Quinn said: “Limerick Voice is a crucial part of the journalism course in UL and I’m very proud of the effort that has been put into it this year.
“The Limerick Voice is a core element of what we offer to our journalism students because it gives them an invaluable insight into what it takes to run a news website and produce a newspaper.”
The online news website www.limerickvoice.com has been live since September, covering breaking news and sports stories and has also been active across social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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