UL Journalism graduate profiled by the Boston Globe for his work at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018

paulsaundersThis winter, Journalism and New Media graduate, Paul Saunders, has been working as English Editor of Digital Communication at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018 in South Korea (Twitter: @pyeongchang2018). 

The Boston Globe profiled the people behind the best twitter accounts at the Winter Olympics this weekend and Paul was among them:

Background: A journalist from Ireland, he was traveling around Asia when he saw the job listing online for an English editor of digital communications and decided to apply to be part of a team of 10 that manages the accounts in multiple languages. He arrived a couple weeks before the games began.

What do you want the account to be known for? “Just broadcasting the games, of the spirit, of the people. I know, cheesy, the Olympic spirit, but you can kind of feel it, it’s really important. It’s showing people what’s happening on a day-to-day basis, the results, and the athletes as well.”

Favorite post? “I liked, and we got help with the Australian Olympic team on this, it was a silly little thing, but we had [PyeongChang mascot] Soohorang and their mascot, which is a boxing kangaroo, just doing little stuff together. It just looked really nice.”

It’s fantastic to see our graduates doing so well!


Graduate profile: Razan Ibraheem, MA in TESOL

Our MA in TESOL graduate Razan Ibraheem was recently interviewed for UL Links. Razan was named Irish Tatler’s International Woman of the Year 2016 for her efforts to highlight the war in her native Syria.

“I think UL was my best experience in my life; it was a turning point in my personality, my career and my future. I love Limerick. The teachers were very supportive there and I made amazing friends. It was such a positive part of my life.”

After completing her Master’s Degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Razan worked in Limerick before opportunities led her to Dublin and a stint in Facebook. She is now a social media journalist with Storyful, a News Corporation-owned company, which provides verified social content and information.

Read the full interview online here: http://www.ul.ie/ullinks/features-opinions/social-conscience