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 the past 25 years, and I'm 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.
In terms of training, I am giving ongoing digital coaching to French, UK and Irish news publishers as part of a programme funded by the Google News Initiative, offering insights for those wanting to ensure they are well-equipped for the transformation from traditional to online publishing. I am also acting as a mentor for digital boot camps in England (UK Department for Education), Scotland, South Africa, Kenya and Nigeria.
In addition, I am 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 give journalism and writing classes in both English and French in Paris: for the CFPJ training centre for professional journalists and at a new school of the CFJ journalism training centre, Ecole W, after having worked for many years as a CFJ radio and television tutor. I also give classes at the EFAP communication school.
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 (DR Congo and Madagascar). I am also a regular moderator of virtual round tables - in both English and French - with top global business leaders in countries such as the UK, France, the US, Canada, Australia and Singapore. The wide range of topics cover some of the major issues of our times including artificial intelligence & machine learning; new digital communication & marketing; data protection & confidentiality; cybersecurity; next-generation digital solutions; remote working; new staffing & recruitment practices... just to name a few.
My other recent work as a moderator has been for high-profile events including an EU conference on Marine Spatial Planning in Britanny; an EU conference on Atopic Dermatitis in Brussels; a European business convention in Barcelona; 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.
Other training I give includes media awareness workshops, most recently in prisons and with civic service volunteers. I am also a public speaking and voice coach - most recently for young business owners in Lyon, technical college & secondary school students and with young sports ambassadors. I provide group workshops and individual training on how to be confident when having to appear/speak in front of others.
In these fast-changing times of 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 fibre internet connection, a 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.
get in touch!
1 rue de l'Antiquaille
69005 Lyon, France
Tel: +33-6-64545018 (Mobile)
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Photographs: Nils Wachten, Matthieu Bacques, Christophe Astruc,
Christophe Obert, Alexandra Dalsbaek, Ivan Panasyuk, Zineb Remmal