Grassroots – Episode 6 aired December 15th – Galway Community Circus

In a rapidly changing society facing the pressures of recession, unemployment and hard times it’s important to celebrate the positive actions by people behind empowering projects, initiatives and ideas which inspire and lead.

Over eight weeks radio producers Lisa Essuman and Robert Hope are going out and about looking at community action projects where people are making a positive difference to society. With diverse initiatives ranging from a youth circus in Galway, to an organic community farm in Wicklow, to a community creative writers circle in Kildare, the series promises to focus on the positive actions taking place in our communities rather than the negative.

Episodes:

Episode 1 – 03/11/12 – Drum Dance Ireland – In Killarney, Co. Kerry we saw how rhythm and dance brings fun, joy, laughter and smiles to people with special needs. Episode podcast here

Episode 2 – 10/11/12 – Home Farm – Next Saturday we are in Co. Wicklow and we find a place where people come to learn and share home farm skills, and we meet people taking part in community gardens across the county. Episode podcast here

Episode 3 – 17/11/12 – Fáilte Isteach – In Co Meath, local woman Mary Nally is behind a new movement aimed at helping new comers to Ireland learn English and make friends. Episode Podcast here

Episode 4 – 24/11/12 – Sing Out With Strings – In Limerick City the Irish Chamber Orchestra brings the joy of music, performing and singing to school children in the cities regenerating areas. Episode podcast here

Episode 5 – 08/12/12 – Cill Dara Writers Circle – In Co. Kildare, cancer survivor Brenda Drumm has created a place where adults and young people can share story-telling and express their world in words. Episode podcast here

Episode 6 – 15/12/12 – Galway Community Circus – In Galway City for the past decade a community initiative has been using the art of the circus to bring joy and fun to young people’s lives. Episode podcast here

Episode 7 – 22/12/12 – Travellers Men’s Shed – In Dublin an initiative by Clondalkin Travellers Development Group see’s young Traveller men come together to work on bicycle mechanics. Episode promo here

Episode 8 – 29/12/12 – Jigsaw and the Galway City Youth Cafe – In Galway, a community action project see’s ‘Headstrong’ and ‘Foroige’ work side by side to support better mental health and well-being in young people. Episode promo here

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The series airs every Saturday on Shenanigans with Sile from November 3rd for eight weeks on Newstalk 106-108fm between 12pm – 2pm.

An Athena Media production for Newstalk supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

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London 2012: Winning Women after the Games – Athena Media radio documentary for Newstalk

Irish women athletes made history at these Olympic Games. Not only did Katie Taylor win Gold but more women qualified and competed than ever before, and for the first time about half of the Irish team were women. Team Ireland made it the best Olympic Games since Melbourne in 1956 and many in the team credit Chef de Mission Sonia O’Sullivan, Olympic medal-winner, as the reason for the unique spirit of the group.

In the weeks running up to the Games Athena Media produced a series profiling some of the women athletes and their stories for Newstalk Breakfast, and in this one hour documentary producers Helen Shaw and Lisa Essuman talk to athletes including Annalise Murphy, Olive Loughnane, Natalya Coyle, Chloe Magee, Lisa Kearney, Aileen Morrison and Sycerika McMahon as well as team leader Sonia O’Sullivan about the behind the scenes stories of the Olympic Games, the highs and the lows, winners and losers, and the lessons from London 2012 for the future of sport in Ireland. The documentary was broadcast on Bank Holiday Monday, 29th October 2012 at 12pm on Newstalk 106-108fm.

An Athena Media production for Newstalk supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.

Listen to London 2012: Winning Women after the Games, Part 1 and Part 2.

Listen to a promo for London 2012: Winning Women after the Games here.

Listen to a second promo here.

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Athena Media produce online video of WMB’s annual Conference & Awards

The Women Mean Business Conference & Awards 2012 took place in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin on October 1. The guest speakers were Prof. Susan Vinnicombe; entrepreneur and author Sharon Wright; enterpreneur and social innovator Dawn Gibbins.

Athena Media produced a short online video documenting the events on the day. The MD of WMB Publishing Rosemary Delaney describes the significance of positive role models in a time of doom and gloom while Minister Richard Bruton talks about the need for women entrepreneurs to come to the fore-front. We also hear from leading businesswomen like Anne Heraty CEO CPL and get to know this year’s award winners including Barbara O’Connell of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland who is WMB Social Entreprenuer 2012. To watch video click here. To subscribe to Athena Media’s RSS video feed here

Death of an Empire shortlisted as finalist in the New York Radio Awards

Death of an Empire, our recent radio series currently being repeated on RTÉ Choice every Tuesday at 6pm, has been shortlisted as a finalist in the History section at the New York Festival radio awards.

The series, which is an Athena Media Production for RTÉ Radio 1 is presented by Seamus Martin, produced by Helen Shaw and was researched by Lisa Essuman. It tells the story of the fall of the Soviet Union, twenty years ago, and the birth of modern Russia today. The series stretches from the formation of the Soviet Union and Stalin to the failed coup in 1991 which heralded the beginning of the end of the Soviet empire. The final episode brings the story right up to date with the rule of Vladimir Putin who has just been re-elected President in the controversial March elections.

The ceremony celebrates radio programming and promotions from radio stations, networks and independent producers from around the world and will be held on Monday evening, June 18th, 2012 in New York City. For more information on the ceremony and finalists click here

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The Media Show Episode 2: Inside Storyful plus full interview with the acting head of News and Current Affairs at RTE, Cillian De Paor

Episode 2 of the Media Show was broadcast on April 21st at 7.30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1. Listen to Episode 2 here

In an interview with The Media Show,RTE Radio 1 , Cillian De Paor, the acting head of News and Current Affairs at RTE, said economic issues had forced the closure of the London office. He added this was not the only foreign office that was closed; the Beijing office, opened for a period surrounding the Olympic Games, has since been closed. Mr De Paor said the Director General of RTE has committed to “break even” in 2013 and said the journalism side of the London office cost approximately half a million euro a year. “We are a news operation, we will make choices on a news basis. We are not ceasing to cover the United Kingdom, we are just closing down a major facility that has a significant cost. We will be present in London when news value requires us to be there.”

‘The Media Show’ radio series is an Athena Media production for RTÉ Radio 1 presented by Brenda Power and produced by Helen Shaw with the mission to demystify how the media works, to get behind media stories in broadcasting, print and online and to show how our daily media diet is shaped.

Listen to the entire interview with Cillian De Paor here

The Media Show is an Athena Media production for RTÉ Radio. The producer is Helen Shaw and the reporter is Paula Cunniffe.

Listen to the promos for the series here

Check out updates on the Media Show via the Athena Media Blog here

Podcasts of the show are available through the Athena Media RSS Feed here

To contact Brenda Powers, please email brenda@athenamedia.ie

Contact Lisa Essuman for further information or email us at mediashow@rte.ie

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The hashtag for the series on twitter is #rtemediashow

 

Spring-clean your online and communications skills with Athena Media’s upcoming courses

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Confused by twitter, puzzled by facebook and trying to shift your business online? First up is the half day Twitter Business workshop on Monday 2nd April. The workshop provides an easy to grasp guide to twitter usage and, most importantly, it will outline the legal and rights based issues for businesses and professionals.

What is your message and how do you communicate it? That is the key message in Athena Media’s new one day course on Presenting in Public. It will be led by communications and media leader, MD of Athena Media Helen Shaw, and is a practical approach to the art of public speaking and will also tutor delegates in media interviews, both radio and television. Our workshop takes place on Thursday 5th April.

An introduction to podcasting for beginners on the Saturday 14th of April with Podcasting 101. This half day workshop designed for people and businesses who want to learn the basics of online content, with particular focus on audio podcasting.

Our popular Social Media and Online Content for Business course is on the Friday 4th May which gets you behind all the trends driving change online and introduces you to all the relevant platforms.

Come along to our half day Facebook for Business workshop on Friday 8th June and we will get you behind the professional use of facebook by creating business pages and adverts.

For more information on our workshops coming up please click here. and join us on facebook here.

Athena Media has trained over 250 businesses in communications and social media and online content. We also offer bespoke training within organisations and have developed and designed workshops and training modules for specific organisations including the Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship, Derry City Council and, most recently, the Irish Times. Athena Media is currently the social media trainer for the Dublin City Enterprise Board and the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland.

All of our workshops are led by MD of Athena Media Helen Shaw who is an experienced broadcasting, digital media and communications expert.

If you would like more information on our bespoke training workshops get in touch and we will be happy to quote you.

To book a place on any of our workshops call Lisa on 01 4883350 or email lisa[at]athenamedia[dot]ie. NGO, Charity and group discounts apply.

Revive or update your social media skills with Athena Media’s Social Media and Twitter for Business workshops in 2012

Athena Media is running two Social Media workshops in January and March 2012. Our very popular Social Media workshops will take place on 27th January and 2nd March. . We are also running a half day Twitter for Business workshop on the 3rd of February. Each workshop will take place in Adelaide Chambers, Peter Street, Dublin 8.

Both the social media workshops and the Twitter for business workshops are a great way to revive or update you’re social media skills and will teach you how to think strategically about your company’s business online, using social media and online content led by business and communications leader, Athena Media MD Helen Shaw.

For more information on our Social Media full day workshop please click here

For more information on our Twitter for business morning workshop please click here

To book a place please contact Lisa on 01 4883350

What our clients say:

“I would and I have already recommended our Company to use this course when it next comes around. I found the course good value for money.” Deborah Maguire – Commission for Aviation Regulation

“I found the course well structured, responsive and informative. It was very useful for thinking through an approach to using social media and to identifying the most useful tools to use.” Niall Crowley – Claiming our Future

High Fidelity: A Century of Recorded Song with Jack L and Julie Feeney now available as podcasts

High Fidelity is a 26 part radio series presented by Jack L and Julie Feeney which featured on RTÉ lyric fm weekly between May and November 2011. It is a sound map of recorded song from Thomas Edison to the iPod from Tin Pan Alley to X-Factor.

Check out iTunes to listen back to the series.

You can also find the podcasts on podcasting Ireland. Go to podcastingireland.ie to subscribe.

Or you can subscribe to our RSS feed here.

High Fidelity: A Century of Recorded Song with Jack L and Julie Feeney is an Athena Media production for RTÉ Lyric fm and was made with the support of the BAI’s Sound and Vision Funding Scheme. The producer is Helen Shaw. Music researcher Naomi Macleod. Sound supervision was by Lochlainn Harte. Also many thanks to our presenters Jack L and Julie Feeney.

You can also listen to the promos for each of the episodes here

To read the press release please click here

Revive or update your social media skills with Athena Media’s Social Media workshops in November

Athena Media are running two Social Media workshops in November. Our very popular Social Media workshop will take place on 4th November and our new Twitter Business half day workshop will take place on 11th November . Both workshops will take place in Adelaide Chambers, Peter Street, Dublin 8.

Both workshops are a great way to revive or update you’re social media skills. The workshops are led by leading communications and digital media expert, Helen Shaw, CEO of Athena Media.

For more information on our Social Media full day workshop please click here
and for more information on our half day Twitter Business workshop please click here

To book a place please contact Lisa on 01 4883350

What our clients say:

“I would and I have already recommended our Company to use this course when it next comes around. I found the course good value for money.” Deborah Maguire – Commission for Aviation Regulation

“The course really brought home to me the importance of social media and the need to master them.” Carol Coulter – The Irish Times

Revive or update your social media skills with Athena Media’s new twitter for business workshop on Friday 23rd September

Athena Media are running a Twitter Business workshop on Friday 23rd September. It is a full morning workshop that runs from 09.30am until 1pm in Adelaide Chambers, Peter Street, Dublin 8 .

This half day workshop is a great way to revive or update your social media skills with our new twitter for business workshop which is led by leading communications and digital media expert, Helen Shaw, CEO of Athena Media, this half day hands-on workshop is about using twitter for professionals keen to engage and use the micro-blogging platform as a means of communications, marketing, sales, brand awareness, advocacy and information.

Athena Media are currently offering anyone who has done the full day social media workshop a special 20% discount to do the twitter workshop as a thank you for you’re business and we continue to offer any charities or NGO’s a 20% discount also.

For more information please click here
To book a place please contact Lisa on 01 4883350

What our clients say:

“I would and I have already recommended our Company to use this course when it next comes around. I found the course good value for money.” Deborah Maguire – Commission for Aviation Regulation

“I think this course is very relevant for all businesses and people looking for publicity for whatever area they are involved in.” Aideen Kelly – Ireland’s Blue Book