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WATCH Limerick Voice 2020 launches its new online news platform

Limerick Voice 2020 have marked the return of their news site with innovative launch video showcasing remote reporters at work



WATCH Limerick Voice 2020 launches its new online news platform

Limerick Voice 2020

Katie Flannery, Limerick Voice 2020 Podcast Editor pictured working from home

Journalism students at University of Limerick have relaunched the Limerick Voice website for the academic year. 

Limerick Voice is a student-run digital news project managed by journalism students in the University of Limerick. Running since 2008, Limerick Voice has always aimed to tell stories from the heart of Limerick. The news site offers a fresh, youthful perspective on stories affecting the Limerick community, not just reporting the facts, but actively reflecting the interests of their readership in every article, podcast and video. 

The Limerick Voice project has been an annual print publication at UL and won Newspaper of the Year 2018 and Best Layout and Design 2019 at the National Student Media Awards. 

Normally, the Limerick Voice project has run for 10 weeks every year in tandem with the newspaper production module of the BA and MA classes. This year and for the first time it will run across the two semesters and will have more of a focus on online stories. 

Limerick Voice 2020

Mike Finnerty, Limerick Voice 2020 Digital Editor

Traditionally the print version is published in the Limerick Leader newspaper in the first week of December, but this year will probably happen in Spring sometime. The Limerick Voice logo redesign illustrates how the reporters represent a new wave of news but remain dedicated to delivering high quality content. Also for the first time, the Limerick Voice has a marketing manager, Daimhlinn Darling, a UL journalism student. 

Some of the highlights for 2020 include the following new series: 

  • For Limerick, Buy Limerick’ aimed at promoting local businesses   
  • #InOurHands, a regular series on frontline workers 
  • Unheard Limerick Voices – regular feature on Limerick’s marginalized communities 

Digital Editor Mike Finnerty tells us, “We’re out to create a news website that’s the first port of call for the Limerick region. There’s always a million and one stories to

be told. The mission statement for Limerick Voice 2020 is “When Limerick speaks, we listen”, illustrating the connection Limerick Voice wants to create with its community. This is the first time the news project will run throughout the whole year, as opposed to the usual 10 weeks, yet despite the shift to a remote working model this year, Limerick Voice aims to keep audiences engaged with its most comprehensive content strategy to date. Limerick Voice 2020 is bringing the sights and sounds of Limerick to life through virtual storytelling, both visual and aural.”


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Richard is a presenter, producer, songwriter and actor. He was named the Limerick Person of the Year (2011) and won an online award at the Metro Éireann Media and Multicultural Awards (2011) for promoting multi-culturalism online. Richard says that the concept is very much a community driven project that aims to document life in Limerick. So, that in 20 years time people can look back and remember the events that were making the headlines.