Louise Holden has written education features for the Irish Times for over ten years. She started as the writer of Mediascope, a media studies guide for teenagers, and then took over Transition Times for several years. Louise also steered the popular Irish Times School Mag competition. In 2005 she undertook research, as part of a UCD Masters in Education programme, on the influence of print media coverage on Irish education discourse in the 1990s. She now covers a range education issues weekly. Louise is also a musician and singer with Dublin roots band I Draw Slow.