11th May 9-10pm. NEWS REPORTING AND FEATURES WRITING with expert @rachelllle 

Transcript for 11th May. 9-10 pm.


Our Guest host ….


Rachel McLaughlin is a reporter and editor for an online magazine for women in Donegal.


Rachel graduated with a BA in Journalism from DCU in 2014. She worked as a Sub-Editor and Production Editor in Northern Ireland for two years, while her freelance work as a magazine feature writer became a passion she needed to pursue full-time.


She moved home to Donegal in 2016 to take up a role with a news website and as the establishing editor of the sister site – DonegalWoman.ie. She has worked on every part of this platform – from writing, editing, photography, graphic design, videos, and all the social media work that is now required for online publications.


Through interviews and features, Rachel has been aiming to write about the experiences, goals and achievements of local people. Highlighting the hard work of others and critical issues makes her job so fulfilling that it doesn’t feel like work at all, she says, and there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing her words making an impact.


At the same time, working in a small newsroom team means she is reporting daily for the main hub, which covers every imaginable topic and event you’d find in a news publication.

She has not yet written a book, but says that her struggles with sticking to short word counts could well signal a novel in the future.

Questions for chat on the 11th May.


T1. What is news reporting and features writing? What makes it a different format? 

T2 How can you become a writer for this format?

T3 What tips do you have for this form of writing?

T4 What can we do to help news reporting and features writing to continue to thrive?

T5 What are the challenges of writing for online publications specifically? 

Closing thoughts 

Our next chat is on June 8th with @red_pen_edits. Jean O’Sullivan editor. 

Rachel McLaughlin  

DonegalDaily.com | DonegalWoman.ie

a: CoLab, LYIT, Port Rd, Letterkenny



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