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3 ways universities can set the news agenda

February 12, 2016 Posted in : Experts, Galzacs Guide, Ireland

Galzac’s Guide lists expert sources on everything from abstract art to zoology.

Irish media is always hungry for expert opinion on a variety of topics, and journalists need voices to add colour and reliable analysis to their news stories.

The Galzac’s directory creates media opportunities for a community of experts by connecting their stories with journalists, researchers and radio and television producers.

Here are three ways universities can use their knowledge to set the news agenda.

1. Add your take on current affairs

Journalists try not to depend too heavily on the sames voices when they are quoting expert sources.

There is nothing more frustrating than hearing misinformed opinions being broadcast in the media. That’s why it is worth adding your own voice to the mix.

Galzac’s experts have the opportunity to pitch their stories to journalists. They can add a fresh angle on a current news story as it moves along.

2. Make everything interesting — with the right hook

When you’re pitching a story idea, it is crucial to find a suitable hook — and to match it with the right medium.

Will your story work best as a long-form feature or will it come across more strongly on a radio magazine show?

With the right tweaks, Galzac’s experts can make any item interesting if it is shared in the best format.

3. Match expertise with everyday

Academics engage with research on a daily basis. The mainstream media loves new data and statistics, but only if it is presented in a snappy way

University experts have the knowledge to digest dense studies into palatable stories.

Apply the research to real life events and appeal to the audience’s emotions.

We started Galzac’s Guide to Expert Sources because we believe that expert voices should be heard by the widest possible audience. We want to build a community of doers, thinkers and curious minds who want to share their ideas with the world.

If you are interested in signing up, call us on 01 254 1845 or email is Ireland’s largest and most dynamic media intelligence company. Since we started in 2009, we have helped Ireland’s best known brands connect over 100,000 stories with the media.

Conor - @conormcmahon

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Story ideas for Monday 14th December 2015

December 14, 2015 Posted in : Building, Construction, Europe, Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Homeowners, Housing, Irish Green Building Council

Story Idea: G12 days of Christmas tips for a better home renovation in 2016

Expert: Pat Barry (Expert in Sustainable Building) Executive Director, Irish Green Building Council.

The Hook: It looks like there will be an ambitious COP21 agreement in Paris. This means we need a massive deep energy renovation of all our homes over the next 20 years to meet the target. But how do we do it right so we get warm comfortable and healthy homes. (more…)

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Story idea for Tuesday 1st December

November 30, 2015 Posted in : Agriculture, Alltech, Food, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15

Tuesday 1st December 2015

Story Idea: Webinar Alert: What lies beneath – The hidden side of agriculture

Expert: Professor Maurice Boland (Expert in Sustainability and Agriculture) Research Director, Alltech.

The Hook: Today, more than 800 million people face hunger and malnutrition. As our population grows, food production will have to increase by approximately 60 percent by 2050. This live webinar will offer a unique insight into the importance of soil health and the future of food security. (more…)

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Story Ideas for every day of the week: 30th November-4th December

November 30, 2015 Posted in : Agriculture, Air Pollution, Alltech, Childcare, Children, Early Childhood Care, Experts, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Health, Housing, Humanitarian Aid, Irish Green Building Council, MSF, Start Strong

Monday 30th November 2015

Story Idea: Tourism Ireland launches 2016 marketing plans

Expert: Sinead Grace (Expert in Tourism and Communications) Media and Public Relations Manager,Tourism Ireland.

The Hook: Tourism Ireland will launch details of its marketing plans to promote Ireland overseas in 2016 and beyond, at an event attended by Tourism Minister Paschal Donohoe and tourism industry leaders from around the country. (more…)

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Story ideas for Thursday 26th November 2015

November 23, 2015 Posted in : Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Homelessness, Simon Community

Story Idea: Women are falling through the cracks and into homelessness

Expert: Niamh Randall (Expert in Homelessness) Head of Policy and Communications and National Spokesperson, Simon Communities of Ireland.

The Hook: The Simon Communities in Ireland have published new research on women and homelessness. About a third of people who are homeless are women and yet their homelessness remains largely ‘hidden’. There are many different reasons why someone may become homeless but what is clear is that in the case of women, there is a gender specific dimension to their experiences with high rates of childhood trauma, violence and sexual violence.”


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Story ideas for every day of the week: 23rd-27th November 2015

November 23, 2015 Posted in : Agriculture, Air Pollution, Alltech, Childcare, Children, Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Homelessness, Simon Community, Stories, Tourism, Tourism Ireland, UCC

Monday 23rd November 2015

Story Idea: Clean air not air pollution for Ireland in 2016

Expert: John Sodeau (Expert in Physical Chemistry) Professor of Physical Chemistry, UCC.

The Hook: The Asthma Society is launching its campaign to clean up our air in cities, towns and rural areas tonight at University College Cork. The central focus will be to press the government to replace Ireland’s outdated Air Pollution Act with a new Clean Air Act. This action will put the health and well-being of all people living in Ireland to the front and centre of all future environmental legislation.

Notable Events for Monday 23rd

* SUBTITLE European Film Festival 2015
* ECB – Monthly indicators on government debt securities (Dataset: GFS) Reference period: Oct-2015

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John’s College Public Open Day Sunday 8th November

November 6, 2015 Posted in : Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Homelessness, Housing, Ireland

On Sunday 8th November, John’s College is reopening its doors to the Waterford Public. An Open Day will take place from 1pm-4pm and it will give the people of Waterford a glimpse of this fantastic project which has just been completed. The development includes 21 new apartments in the College itself, with a 10-bed group home and 36 new-build one-bed apartments adjoining the Folly.

Respond! also plans to open up a number of essential support services within John’s College including a Day Centre, Community Education Centre, Activation Room, Counselling Service and a Sensory Garden for Older People and people with specific needs and requirements. It is hoped that the first tenants will be offered their apartments by the end of November. Around the same time, a conference on loneliness and social isolation among Older People will take place in the Community Education Centre within the College in partnership with University College Cork.

According to Fr Patrick Cogan of Respond Housing Association: “We are delighted to be reopening the doors of John’s College again. The redevelopment of John’s College is great news for Waterford and will provide a sustainable community for Older People who wish to remain in their own homes for as long as possible. The extra support services including the Day Centre, Activation Room and Community Education Centre will ensure that Older People remain active within their own community and this will help to counteract loneliness and social isolation”.

The total project costs of building John’s College came to €12 million. Some €8 million of this was made available in State mortgages to Respond! from Waterford City Council through the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. The remaining €4million was provided by Respond! of which some €2.25 million came in a private borrowing initiative from AIB Bank. Respond are now in the process of raising funds to kit out essential services such as the Day Centre, Community Education Centre and Activation Room.

According to Philip O’ Reilly of Respond Housing Association: “Over the next number of months, Respond! will be organising a number of key events to raise vital funds to equip the key support services within John’s College for the benefit of the whole community. We will be running a Dog Night in Kilcohan Greyhound Park on Saturday 5th December and would appeal to the people of Waterford to support this event and other upcoming events if possible.

Respond! was founded in Waterford in 1981 by Franciscans and incorporated in 1982. To date, Respond! has provided some 5,500 dwelling units for families, homeless and disabled persons, older persons and those in need, right across the country.

Contacts: Philip O’Reilly National Co-ordinator of Services for Older People: (087) 6805762

Susan Goulding Communications Officer: (087) 7877664

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Get 50% off a Media Training Course with Galzac’s Guide

November 3, 2015 Posted in : Business, Communications, Galzacs, Galzacs Guide, Media, Media Training

It might be a bit early to mention the ‘C’ word so soon after Halloween but that won’t stop us from being jolly and generous!

Galzac’s Guide to Expert Sources, is the essential resource for Irish journalists looking for intelligent comment on the breaking stories of the day.

A listing on Galzac’s Guide is the number one way for experts to boost their profile in the media.

And guess what, we have a special offer for the month of November with 50% off our next media training course for everyone who purchases a profile during the month.


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Launch of Snapshot Study on Rent Supplement Limits and Market Rents by Simon Communities in Ireland

October 8, 2015 Posted in : Galzacs Guide, Galzacs15, Government, Homelessness, Housing, Ireland, Simon Community

The Simon Communities have launched their snapshot study: ‘Locked Out of the Market II: The Gap between Rent Supplement/HAP Limits and Market Rents’ looking at the current state of Ireland’s rental market and its effects on the country’s most vulnerable people.


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Story ideas for Tuesday 6th October 2015

October 5, 2015 Posted in : Charity, Experts, Galzacs Guide, The Wheel

Story Idea: Coalition of charities warn that crucial social services and supports are at breaking-point 
Expert: Ivan Cooper (Expert in Charities and Charitable Organisations – Business Issues) Head of Advocacy, The Wheel.                         
The Hook: Six national networks, encompassing over 1,700 Irish charities, will call on Government to prioritise the restoration of funding for social services and supports above tax cuts and capital spending in Budget 2016.


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