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Ms Fiona Mc Garry

Biography

Fiona McGarry has extensive experience in broadcast and print media at national and local level.

She is currently a member of the BBC Northern Ireland Researcher Talent Pipeline and has been involved in the development of new-season factual television content for the station.

In 2012, she secured a funding award from the Simon Cumbers Media Challenge Fund to travel to Haiti to produce a four-part print feature series for the Connaught Telegraph, a one-hour documentary for Midwest Radio and a slide show for Mayo Today.ie.

In terms of online media, she has been closely involved in the development of Ireland’s first online men’s magazine Joe.ie, and, most recently, its new female counterpart Her.ie.

Fiona worked as senior producer on the PPI Award-nominated Lunchtime Show on Newstalk Radio, with presenters including Damien Kiberd, Brendan O’Brien and Karen Coleman.

Prior to that she worked as a broadcast journalist and producer with several leading local radio stations, including Galway Bay FM, Midwest Radio and Radio Kerry.

In print, she worked as news editor of The Western People, and editor of the Mayo Advertiser. She has recently worked as a freelance journalist with The Tuam Herald and The Connaught Telegraph.

Fiona continues to work actively as a freelance journalist. She continues to work regularly for Midwest Radio and is a volunteer trainer with Community Radio Castlebar. She contributes to the Irish Daily Mirror, the Irish Daily Star, The Irish Times and the Irish Independent; as well as BBC Radio Ulster’s Evening Extra and Today FM’s The Last Word.

She is currently developing a number of radio projects under the BAI’s Sound and Vision Fund.

Teaching Interests

Fiona's teaching interests are primarily in the areas of investigative journalism. She has developed, and leads, an advanced module on the fourth year of the BA in Journalism and New Media. In addition to dealing with the methods and tools of investigative jouranlism, the module looks closely at the legal and ethical concerns involved.
Fiona has developed, and leads, two modules in radio and broadcast jouranlism on the BA in Journalism and New Media. The first of these introduces students to the field and studio skills of radio journalism, while the second focuses on advanced broadcast work including documentary and programme production.
Fiona has recently completed the Specialist Diploma in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship at the University of Limerick (UL).