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Chuffed with @YMTfm on Blog Awards Ireland Shortlists

ICT in Education conference 2013
Photo of Youth Media Team with Junior Minister for Education.

THE YOUTH MEDIA TEAM (, a group of young Irish students mentored by staff in LIT-Tipperary, earned three different nominations in the 2014 Shortlist of Blog Awards Ireland. It's a lovely accomplishment and one that the crew deeply appreciates.

An enthusiastic group of young Junior Cycle Irish students, have interviewed Irish thought leaders during major education events throughout the past 15 months. The Youth Media Team started with baby steps during the May 2013 ICT in Education Conference in Thurles. After a deep immersion at Feilte, they learned to script their own interviews before recording short audio with iPad Minis (provided by LIT) and Lumia phones (provided by Microsoft). Then they publish short commentary at, embedding five to 20 minute audio interviews via the streaming service. At past events, some of the students' work complemented RTE Digital. A few audio clips have recorded several hundred plays.

You can subscribe to the Youth Media Team via any news reader ( and listen to their podcast work through iTunes or your favourite podcatcher as the young men and women count down towards the 4th of October when they discover whether they win top billing in the Group Blog, Education Blog or Youth Blog.

I'm eternally grateful to Conor Galvin, Pamela O'Brien, Paula Briody, Catherine Cronin, Natasha Kiely, Evelyn O'Connor and Joe Dale for sharing their expertise and offering over-the-shoulder support to the young and Irish voices who have inspired scores of listeners.

Look here to view the Youth Media Team in action around Ireland: