Journalist - Correspondent - Moderator - Consultant - Trainer
I am passionate about finding ways to share great stories in the most innovative and engaging way possible.
An Irish/New Zealand national, my career as a senior broadcast journalist now spans more than 30 years. I worked as a senior journalist, presenter & producer at Euronews for 14 years and at numerous other media groups including the BBC, Radio France International and Radio New Zealand.
I am now an independent journalist, France & Europe correspondent, debate & conference moderator, journalism tutor and media trainer/consultant. As an experienced moderator, I am available for events across the EU (whether it's in Paris, Brussels, London, or other capitals and cities) and also globally.
I am fluent in French, having lived in France for more than 20 years, and happy to work in both English and French. I am based in the city of Lyon, but willing to travel and work anywhere.
I can be called upon to cover breaking news stories and I am ready to travel to neighbouring cities or countries at short notice.
As well as being specialised in European and international affairs, covering many major news stories live on television and radio, I produced and presented numerous global programmes at Euronews for many years.
The shows - Right On, Postcards, Urban Visions, Life, Focus, Target and Metropolitans - put the spotlight on a wide variety of subjects, from human rights to culture and tourism, in many different countries around the world.
Since July this year I have been giving online digital training sessions for French and UK news publishers, offering insights for those wanting to ensure they are well-equipped for the transformation from traditional to online publishing.
I am also currently a part-time lecturer at the University of Lyon (Lumière Lyon 2), giving classes to students doing a master's degree in journalism and infographics. I also work at a new school of the CFJ journalism training centre in Paris, Ecole W, after having worked for many years as a CFJ radio and television tutor.
My most recent work as a media relations consultant has been for the likes of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and the World Bank in Africa. I am also currently a regular moderator of virtual round tables with global business leaders in countries such as the UK, France, the US, Canada, Australia and Singapore.
My other work as a moderator has been for high-profile events including a debate on Brexit at the World Travel Market in London and for an event in The Hague held by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights. One of my more recent assignments, for example, was presenting & moderating at a European business conference in Barcelona.
Other training I give includes media awareness workshops, most recently in prisons and with civic service volunteers. I have also been employed as a public speaking and voice coach (most recently for technical college students and a project soon with young sports ambassadors) and for workshops on how to be confident when having to appear/speak in front of others.
In these challenging times of lockdowns and remote working, a lot of my journalism, training and moderating work is now online, using the likes of Zoom, Google Meet, Teams, YouTube Live, OBS, Jitsi, Big Blue Button and many other applications. I am fully equipped for any online work, with a good quality computer, camera, microphone and lighting.
When I'm not busy telling a good yarn, I'm either composing piano music (www.seamuskearneypiano.com), reading & writing, or travelling.