Fetac level 5 in broadcast journalism, LCFE
Length: one year
Limerick College of Further Education (LCFE) offers a level 5 course in broadcast journalism and media studies which can then be built on with more fetac courses in journalism.
The college has made a significant investment in equipping two state-of-the-art radio studios, resulting in a particularly well-resourced programme.
Bachelor of honours in TV, Radio and New Media Broadcasting at IT, Tralee
Length: four years
Focus on hands-on learning and project work which will conclude in a level 8 degree after four years.
MA in journalism and public relations, Griffith College
Length: one/two years
MA in journalism and public relations is a course run by Griffith College Dublin (GCD), Dublin. It is a ‘classroom-based’ course with a duration of full-time one year/part-time two years. MA in journalism and public relations gives a course qualification of master’s degree.
BBC trainee scheme
The BBC journalism trainee scheme opens for applications every year. It is highly competitive to enter but provides a gold standard training base for aspiring journalists, and provides a guaranteed salary. You do not have to have a third level qualification to enter but some experience is helpful.
Local radio stations/newspapers
A great way to learn on the job is by calling your local radio station or newspaper and asking it they would be willing to give you some experience. You’ll get a feel for a job in media and if it’s for you.
The above are just suggestions and more options can be found online or directly from colleges.