Hello and welcome to The Buzz.ie, UCC Journalism Society’s latest venture. To celebrate the launch of The Buzz.ie, we asked Ian Power, Executive Director at SpunOut.ie, President of the National Youth Council of Ireland, and founder of UCC’s Journalism Society and Motley Magazine, if he would write our historic first piece. This is what he had to say.
THE student experience in UCC today is unrivalled. The vibrant club & society scene, the active student union, and the diverse mix of student media all ensure there are lots of ways for students to get involved and grow their skill sets and friend circles.
Back in 2004, the same was true, except maybe for the diversity of student media. Cork Campus Radio wasn’t the innovative, exciting and welcoming place it is now. Ultimately, ten years ago, the UCC Express was the only show in town. It lurched from crisis to crisis and was affected by in-fighting and petty squabbles.
Denis Clifford changed all of that. Denis professionalised the editorial structures and style and introduced a glossy supplement ‘Ex2’ (with many other college newspapers around the country following suit soon after). Denis sadly passed away a number of years ago but we have him to thank for starting a quiet revolution in how UCC did media.
The foundation of the journalism society in 2006 saw a new vision for media in UCC. The first conference that year attracted some of the most respected people in Irish journalism and started the lobbying campaign for a MA in Journalism to be established (although the Dean and University President both made positive moves, sadly it never materialised).
The next development was Motley, an independent magazine which hoped to ruffle feathers and produce some student journalism which changed things, rather than just reported on them. The first edition caused quite the stir on campus when it chronicled the legal woes of the college under the then UCC President Gerry Wrixon. The piece was picked up and reproduced by the Sunday Independent. The first run of UCC’s next top model in Motley raised eyebrows with an underwater photoshoot and saw over 5,000 students vote on who should be crowned the winner (more than the SU elections at the time). It was an incredibly exciting time. Starting and self-financing a new publication was a hugely difficult task but the founding committees of the society and subsequent editors worked incredibly hard to sustain it. It’s brilliant to see Motley still exists and still exudes the values it was founded upon.
The somewhat inevitable rocky history of student media in UCC makes today’s launch of TheBuzz.ie all the more remarkable. Students demand choice and readers are demanding better digital publications to keep them up to date. TheBuzz.ie offers UCC students something new, and is complementary to the outputs of CCR, Motley, and the UCC Express. I hope it becomes THE place to find out what’s going on in UCC and the place where students can read news about university life between Motley and UCC Express print runs. No doubt TheBuzz.ie will follow up on the excellent journalism in both publications and vice versa.
Congratulations to the UCC Journalism Society, CCR, Motley and the UCC Express for all they are doing to keep students active, entertained and informed. Long may this impressive mix of student media in UCC continue.