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Mr. Keith Watterson

Biography

Keith has been teaching on the BA and Graduate Diploma/MA in Journalism programmes since September 2013, and has a multi-faceted professional track record, earned in some of the business newsrooms in the Irish regional press sector.

His teaching includes a number of modules on the BA in Journalism & New Media programme, including Sub-Editing & Design classes for first years, and he also oversees the fourth-year BA students (and their peers on the Grad Dip/MA in Journalism programme) in the preparation and production of the Limerick Voice newspaper team project.

Keith also coordinates Grad Dip students in their preparation of proposals for the MA thesis, and is the leader of the 'Introduction to Social Media' module for first year students.

After graduating from Dublin City University with a Master of Arts in Journalism in 1992, Keith began his career as a Dublin-based freelance news and music reporter and security correspondent (1992-98), and progressed to serve in a variety of staff and management roles in various news organisations, reporting for the Northern Newspaper Group in County Antrim (1998-99), and across several titles of the People Newspaper Group in County Wicklow (1999-2002).

He was also the acting news editor for the Limerick Leader's county edition, a title for which he also served as West Limerick correspondent, community notes editor, and sub-editor (2002-06).

Keith was also editor of the Limerick Independent, a position that encompassed news and feature writing, news diary coordination, editorial and production crew management and sub-editing (2006-10), and deputy editor of The Cork News (2011-13).

His research interests include social media; journalism education; the intersect between mass communications theory and professional journalism practice; and the media and popular culture.

Keith is a graduate of Dublin City University (MA in Journalism, 1991-92) and the University of Ulster (BA in English & Media Studies, 1988-91).

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