Headline is Ireland’s national media monitoring programme, working to promote responsible and accurate coverage of mental health and suicide related issues within the Irish media. Headline works with journalists, including the National Union of Irish Journalists, and media students to find ways to collaborate to ensure that suicide, mental health, and mental illness are responsibly covered in the media. Headline offers workshops, information sessions, literature, and daily analysis of news stories.

News Researcher

Fixed Term Contract

(14 hours per week – 9 month contract)

(Tuesday and Wednesday)

Salary is €12 per hour.





Headline has been set up by Shine and the Health Service Executive’s National Office for Suicide Prevention as part of Reach Out National Strategy for Action on Suicide Prevention and the current Suicide Prevention strategy Connecting for Life. Headline is managed by Shine. More info www.Headline.ie and www.shine.ie


Title of the Position:

News Researcher


Purpose of the Position:

To assist the implementation of the aims and objectives of Headline while gaining valuable work experience and high level professional exposure to the mental health and suicide prevention voluntary and statutory sectors. Specifically, the News Researcher will assist the Headline team with the analysis and collation of Irish media articles related to mental health and suicide prevention, Media correspondence, General office work.



The News Researcher will report to Headline’s Media Project Coordinator.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Reviewing and analysing daily news articles on mental health and suicide related topics

Assessing the adherence of articles to the existing media guidelines

Inputting data on articles into a computerised database

 Maintaining news stories archives, databases and records

Assisting in researching project issues

Letter writing and Report writing

Proofreading and copywriting

General administrative tasks as required

  Event management assistant level

 Press release creation

 Social media

 Creation of newsletters


Educational qualifications:

The successful candidate should have or be studying for a third level qualification in journalism,

media or communications – or a related discipline.



 Have an interest in journalism/media/communications

 Excellent communication skills, both written and oral

 Experience of analytical and administrative work

 Knowledge of and proficiency in computer technology

Be driven, reliable and organised

Have an interest in mental health, including suicide prevention

Social media


Desired but not essential:

 Experience with report writing

 Experience with Analysis or research

 Website content management

 Public speaking


Personal characteristics:

 Ability to work on own initiative

Ability to communicate effectively

Ability to work within a team and follow direction


Location of the post:

The successful candidate will work from Headline’s office, which is located at Maynooth Business

Campus, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.



Download the application form  and send 2 print copies of your completed application by post  to the address below .

Ref: NR Headline


Jane Arigho


Block B

Maynooth Business Campus


Co. Kildare


Email applications will not be accepted.

No later than 4pm on Wednesday, the 1st of March 2017


NOTE: Due to the anticipated large number of applicants, we will not be in a position to reply to

unsuccessful candidates. However, we do appreciate the time and effort you have taken to apply

for the post on offer.


Download the Application Form here

Download this job spec here.


Added on February 14, 2017