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Our Man In Stockholm

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On media, journalism and the world around us.


Greta Thunberg, Getting The Scoop And Giving Fair Warning
Oct 7 • 43 min
On the road again so this week’s pod covers some issues that have cropped up recently in the media sphere - how very few people now writing about Greta Thunberg have any idea what they are talking about, what it’s like to spend hours in the cold for a…
Never Forget - Telling The Story Of The Holocaust, 75 Years On
Sep 26 • 108 min
During a two-day seminar at the Auschwitz Museum I spoke to journalists and museum staff about the challenges of telling the story of the Holocaust, 75 years after the camp, where over a million died in an industrial murder operation that was the…
How 9-11 Changed The World Of Journalism
Sep 11 • 32 min
On this day 18 years ago we watched in horror as the Twin Towers collapsed live on television - and with them went many of the checks and balances of objective journalism. That parking of journalistic principles has paved the way for the events we say…
The OMIS Tapes Vol 2 - Gaute Boerstad Sjaervoe
Sep 2 • 53 min
Gaute Boertad Sjaervoe was 16 years old when he saw two of his friends murdered by Anders Behring Breivik on July 22, 2011. Trapped on an island 40 kilometres outside of Oslo, he ran, but had several more brushes with the gunman who went on to kill 67…
The Search For Dawit Isak - Martin Schibbye
Aug 29 • 44 min
Over the last 17 years I have gotten married, had a family and built a career in media for myself - all that time, Dawit Isak has been sitting in a cell in Eritrea in the most appalling conditions, imprisoned without trial for his journalism. I spoke to…
The Psychology Of Social Media
Aug 20 • 45 min
Whether we like it or not, social media is now an inherent part of the wider media, and journalists, editors and consumers need to understand the role it plays in disseminating news and information. But there is also a deeply personal element to how we…
Shout To The Top - Zainab Boladale
Aug 13 • 36 min
As a child Zainab Boladale would pretend to read the news by grabbing a paper and making things up based on the pictures she saw, and ever since she has wanted to be a journalist. She made her way from Co. Clare on Ireland’s west coast through one of the…
The #OMIS Tapes Vol 1 - Gunnar Nelson
Aug 2 • 38 min
A new podcast series on the same feed, featuring interviews with some of the interesting people I meet on my travels. First up is a recent conversation I had in Reyjavik with Gunnar Nelson - a fighter, a father and a man not to be trifled with at daycare…
Saving Private Hannes - Iceland’s Goalkeeper On Going Behind The Camera
Jul 29 • 26 min
Hannes Halldorsson is not just a top-class international goalkeeper for Iceland - he’s a scriptwriter, movie-maker and director back operating in a small national market where budgets are tight and dreams are big. I spoke to him in Reykjavik about making…
Assange, Activism And Archiving the Internet - Birgitta Jonsdottir
Jul 22 • 52 min
Together with Julian Assange and Wikileaks, activist and “poetician” Birgitta Jonsdottir turned the world on its head by releasing the “Collateral Murder” video, which featured the slaying of two Reuters journalists by American forces in Baghdad, Iraq.…
Living Life Looking Over Your Shoulder - Karim Zidan On Covering Sport And Politics
Jul 9 • 50 min
I have met almost every MMA journalist at one time or another, but not Karim Zidan - then I realised that the reason he doesn’t attend events is that his writing about sport and politics, and in particular about MMA and some of the former Soviet republics…
Owning It - Crisis Communication With Jack Murray
Jul 3 • 36 min
When it comes to media, marketing and journalism, Media HQ CEO Jack Murray has done and seen it all. A former political advisor and government spokesperson, he has been in the room as some of the biggest Irish political scandals of the last two decades…
For The Love Of the Game - Ann Odong
Jun 25 • 29 min
Long before the glossy production and the fan zones, long before the slick social media presence and the souvenir stores in host cities, Ann Odong and her friends were covering women’s soccer. A lawyer and journalist, she essentially used her profession…
Chaos Is A Friend - Sportswriting With Ewan MacKenna
Jun 18 • 46 min
Summer is a time when sport takes over and who better to talk to than Irish-born, Brazilian-based sportswriter Ewan MacKenna? Often dismissed as a professional contrarian, Ewan’s writing and workflow is both deep and complex, showing us things about our…
Five Pitfalls To Avoid When Covering Women’s Sports
Jun 10 • 22 min
With the sudden - and very welcome - interest form media outlets in the Women’s World Cup, many reporters whose beat is normally men’s soccer find themselves putting their shoulders to the wheel to cover it. Here’s five pitfalls to avoid when writing…
Free speech, hate speech and over-reach with Jodie Ginsberg
Jun 3 • 33 min
The Index on Censorship are the watchdog that ensures that you and I can exercise our freedom of speech, and they kick up an almighty fuss about those places in the world that don’t allows us to do that. But the recent rise of far-right hate speech,…
Election Reflections - Three Takeaways From The European And Local Elections And Ireland’s Divorce Referendum
May 29 • 11 min
Why journalists should never be surprised by election outcomes, the end for private religious fundamentalist lobby groups in Ireland’s public debate, and a perfect example of how no-platforming benefits democracy.
Reporting On The Climate Crisis With Alister Doyle
May 28 • 34 min
As teenagers around the world skip school to protest the destruction of the planet and a “Green Wave” sweeps through European politics, I spoke to veteran environmental correspondent Alister Doyle about how to report on the climate crisis. We talked about…
Tales From The Locker Room With The Athletic’s Jay King
May 20 • 33 min
Sports media is a beast that mus be constantly fed with news, views and comment, and nowhere is that more true in America, where seasons bleed into one another in a never-ending carousel of coverage. The quality of the coverage (on both sides of the pond)…
Sarah Maria Griffin - Reading, Writing And Finding Your Voice
May 14 • 33 min
Sarah Maria Griffin is a novellist and poet who effortlessly flits between the worlds of fiction and non-fiction, engaging in occasional (and often regular) acts of journalism. Her approach to writing and her thoughts around how we express ourselves are…
Sound & Vision - Linear Vs Digital Video
May 7 • 22 min
The way we consume video has changed, but the old way is not dead yet - what do we need to consider when shooting for mobile devices and linear TV? Is there a difference in how stories are told and presented? What factors need to be taken into account…
Radio Head - Pat O’Mahony On The Wonderful World Of Audio Broadcasting
Apr 29 • 56 min
I love radio. It’s where I started, and if forced to choose, it’s what I’d do full time. And one of the most creative, knowledgeable and smartest people I’ve met in the field is Irish producer/presenter/all-rounder Pat O’Mahony. Amid an audio background…
Learning from Lyra McKee
Apr 24 • 25 min
Journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead while covering disturbances in Derry last week, and today she will be buried after her funeral in Belfast. What can journalists and in particular editors learn from her life and her untimely passing? How can we keep…
Copyright, Copywrong - How To Not Steal From Freelancers
Apr 8 • 27 min
Over the weekend a broadcaster in Ireland came under fire for apparently using audio belonging to a freelance journalist without her permission. Though they have since agreed to pay her for her work, the case illustrates the laissez-faire many media…
Fash Boys, Facebook And Freedom Of Speech
Apr 2 • 36 min
As Ireland’s far-right desperately tries to get off the ground and the tech giants are once again in the firing line for giving them a platform to spread hatred, I spoke to journalist and academic Niamh Kirk about information networks, regulation, and…
How Sourcing In Stories Is Key To Credibility
Mar 27 • 20 min
When writing or broadcasting, journalists have a responsibility to tell you how they got to know what they know - and if they don’t explain it properly, you have no way of knowing if you can believe them or not.
What’s in your bag, Christian Payne?
Mar 11 • 45 min
Apart form a sharp mind and some tough questions, the most important thing for any journalist is the contents of the bag slung over their shoulder - choose well and you can tell any story, anywhere in the world, for hours at a time without running out of…
OMIS Live In Dublin - Sport, Spin And Seeing The Future With Dion Fanning
Feb 22 • 70 min
Dion Fanning was one of Ireland’s most well-known sports journalists when he suddenly stepped away from the Sunday Independent and into the wild online world of Joe. In doing so he left behind much of his past, moving on from writing about sport to…
OMIS Live In Dublin - The Price Of Speaking Out With Dil Wickremasinghe
Feb 22 • 64 min
When a presenter on Newstalk said that women might bear some of the blame if they get raped, he was suspended and eventually reinstated - but when Dil Wickremasinghe criticised him and the station, she was sacked and her show cancelled. Her emails to RTE…
OMIS Live In Dublin - Margaret E. Ward On Diversity On Air
Feb 18 • 53 min
A small but dedicated group attended the first-ever live OMIS podcast in Dublin, and for almost an hour they listened to journalist, broadcaster and communications consultant Margaret E Ward talk about diversity, media capture, the effects of journalism…
OMIS - The Story of The Hurricane Tapes
Feb 11 • 35 min
Why make a one-hour radio documentary when you can make a six-and-a-half-hour podcast series spanning 13 episodes about infamous boxer Ruben “Hurricane” Carter and his wrongful conviction for murder? I spoke to BBC sports journalist and broadcaster Steve…
We Need To Talk About Framing
Jan 22 • 11 min
Framing is a term we use in journalism when we decide what you could call the “terms of reference” for a story - and how you do it is of vital importance.
Danny Robins on jokes, Johnny Cash and trying to laugh at Brexit
Jan 18 • 48 min
Danny Robins is one of the finest comedy scriptwriters and documentary-makers I know - my fellow freelancer is also married to a Swede in what is an uncertain time both professionally and politically for us all. I met him last week on what is most likely…
Sporting Sisters Doing It For Themselves
Jan 6 • 41 min
Women’s sport might be getting more and more space in the media, but there is still a lot to do - I spoke to producer Elaine Buckley about her efforts to raise the profile of female athletes and what fans and journalists can do to help.
News photography - now and in the future
Dec 31, 2018 • 33 min
A picture is worth … what, exactly? Photojournalism is powerful, immediate and perhaps more undervalued than ever before - but it is no less important. I spoke to Dylan Martinez, Reuters Chief Photographer in the UK and Ireland, about how he got started,…
Nowhere Left To Run - The Story of Hind Aleryani
Dec 18, 2018 • 36 min
What would you do if an article you wrote led to Al Qaeda threatening to kill you? Yemeni citizen Hind Aleryani left the safety and security of a job with the UN to become a journalist and activist concentrating on the rights of women and children, but…
Reporting On Rape And Sexual Violence
Dec 15, 2018 • 37 min
An allegation that an Irish athlete raped a woman in a Dublin hotel has set tongues wagging, and though little is known about the case, plenty of people are sharing wild theories on social media as editors and reporters chase the details. I spoke to…
OMIS - Why Footballers Never Say Anything Interesting With Bojan Djordjic
Dec 6, 2018 • 33 min
Most interviews with professional athletes these days are very guarded affairs. They spend almost as much time on media training as they do in the gym - but are journalists in part to blame for them being so boring? I talked to ex-Manchester United,…
The pros and cons of naming and shaming
Nov 30, 2018 • 45 min
What would the coverage of the Belfast rape trial have looked like if we didn’t know Paddy Jackson was involved? And was the public interest served, given that he was found not guilty? In Sweden, it’s highly unlikely that Jackson’s name would have been…
Episode 12 - Whitney Phillips
Nov 2, 2018 • 45 min
I spoke to American academic Whitney Phillips about how the media’s attempts to do the right thing in reporting on the far right have backfired spectacularly - instead, it has ended up providing endless fuel for their fire. She outlines some of the ways…
OMIS Episode 11 - Clara Rose Thornton
Nov 1, 2018 • 45 min
Middle Ireland recently got a jolt of what it is like when the far right stick their head above the parapet in the form of presidential candidate Peter Casey, but for journalists and women of colour like Clara Rose Thornton, they’ve always been there. I…
Episode 10 - John Connors, anti-Traveller racism and the Irish presidential election
Oct 27, 2018 • 21 min
In the wake of a presidential campaign that saw a candidate go from one percent to 21 percent by attacking Travellers and welfare recipients, I spoke to actor, writer and director John Connors about being on the receiving end of racism as a political…
OMIS Episode 9 - Joe Brolly
Oct 26, 2018 • 69 min
Outside of Ireland, barrister, columnist and broadcaster Joe Brolly could walk down the street almost entirely unmolested - at least he could, until he wrote about how he wanted to see professional mixed martial arts banned. On social media at least, all…
OMIS Episode 8 - Johanna Franden
Oct 15, 2018 • 42 min
In this week’s episode I speak to Johanna Franden about breaking into a male-dominated world, being a soccer pundit on the trail of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Barcelona and Paris, and why a second language can be vital to a freelancer…
The Heat on the Beat - the battle to cover UFC 229 in Las Vegas
Oct 5, 2018 • 20 min
I talk to Niall McGrath in the middle of the maelstrom that is covering a Conor McGregor fight in the UFC.
BONUS EPISODE - Angus Got A Gun
Oct 4, 2018 • 24 min
I’m in Las Vegas for UFC 229, so here’s a little bonus material to keep you going. A few years ago I went to a firing range to find out why America loves guns, and I had a clear idea in my mind about what I wanted to do. It didn’t turn out that way.…
Name Your Price - The Value of Journalism
Sep 30, 2018 • 26 min
What should you be getting paid for your work? What do you do if you don’t get it? And is it ever wise to work for free? Ahead of a big week in Las Vegas for Conor McGregor’s fight, I wrestle with some of the questions freelancers all over the world want…
Episode 7 - Eamon Dunphy
Sep 26, 2018 • 43 min
Eamon Dunphy is a former footballer and one of the most controversial figures in Irish life. His work as a journalist and broadcaster is sometimes derided as sensationalist and provocative, but his sharp intellect and insatiable hunger for knowledge and…
Episode 6 - Andrew Downie
Sep 17, 2018 • 37 min
You don’t have to be Scottish to go to Brazil and tell them the story of one of their greatest football icons, but it helps… Andrew Downie is a journalist and author based in Sao Paolo who has written a brilliant biography about Socrates, the…
How Not To Cover An Election
Sep 10, 2018 • 15 min
Judging by the international coverage, Sweden’s election was a referendum on immigration - but while it was indeed a factor, much of the tunnel-vision journalism that was produced was amateurish, ill-informed and obscured the real driving forces behind…
Our Man In Stockholm Episode 5 - Graham Linehan
Sep 3, 2018 • 38 min
Long before he gave us so the rib-shatteringly funny comedy that was Father Ted, Graham Linehan was an almost accidental journalist treading the dark, rainy streets of Dublin, reviewing gigs and albums and harbouring dreams of becoming being Woody Allen.…
Our Man In Stockholm Episode 4 - Suzy Byrne
Aug 27, 2018 • 42 min
Journalists often find themselves having to cover subjects like disability, racism and LGBT rights. These are subjects in which they have no direct personal experience, and the language they use has the power to cause immense damage. Suzy Byrne is a…
Our Man In Stockholm Episode 3 - Christian Christiansen
Aug 20, 2018 • 43 min
With the Swedish election looming and Marine Le Pen denied a Portuguese platform, I spoke about free speech, the far right and how to cover politics properly with Stockholm University journalism professor Christian Christiansen.
Our Man In Stockholm Episode 2 - Sulome Anderson
Aug 13, 2018 • 38 min
Sulome Anderson’s father Terry was bureau chief for Associated Press when he was kidnapped before she was born and held hostage for almost seven years - despite this, she still followed in his footsteps. Her book “The Hostage’s Daughter” is part searing…
Our Man In Stockholm Episode 1 - Petesy Carroll
Aug 6, 2018 • 40 min
An interview with Irish MMA journalist Petesy Carroll about how covering the rise of Conor McGregor led to him being able to create a career as a combat sports journalist.