News journalist joins the AgriLand team

AgriLand has appointed Kathleen O’Sullivan as a news journalist.

She joins a growing team to bring you the latest, most relevant and most important farming news.

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Kathleen studied a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with Law at University of Limerick (UL), finishing her four-year degree during the Covid-19 lockdown.

She did her first internship at 18, after her first year in college, in a national newspaper – covering breaking news, crime, business and human-interest stories.

She also did a stint with her local newspaper – The Kerryman – working as a news and features writer.

As part of her final year project this year, which was the production of the Limerick Voice newspaper with her colleagues in UL, Kathleen established the first business and agriculture sections in the paper in several years, and was editor and the main writer of both, having identified the significant need to cover more rural areas and issues.

Also in her final year, she undertook a research/investigative project on painkiller addictions being a hidden but significant factor in farm accidents. She also investigated the effect that the reporting of traumatic stories can have on journalists’ own mental health.

As a result of her coverage of the beef protests, farm safety, Brexit and more, she was nominated for Journalist of the Year in the National Student Media Awards 2020.

Hailing from Co. Kerry, Kathleen comes from a beef farming background and has a keen interest in environmental issues, along with business and legal affairs relating to agriculture.