Too much Tubridy: What teenagers think of the news media

A conversation with young writers reveals a generation's anxiety and positivity

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'There is nothing more bizarre and surreal than scrolling through an average TikTok feed.' Illustration: Dearbhla Kelly

On today’s In the News podcast, Patrick Freyne speaks to six teenagers about the way their generation consumes news and the issues they really care about.

The six young writers will this week provide the content for The Irish Times Magazine for its first ever Teenager Edition.

The six volunteers tackle subjects including the pitfalls of TikTok, why many young women drop out of sport and what it is like to be a wheelchair user.

Ben, Darragh, Grace, Niamh, Laoise and Wiktoria talk candidly to Patrick about a wide range of issues, from the housing crisis to climate change and how legacy media sometimes fails them.


They know what they want from the news, citing in particular more coverage of the climate crisis, and are bewildered by the volume of coverage given to certain stories.

Presented by Bernice Harrison. Produced by Declan Conlon and Conor Capplis.

Bernice Harrison

Bernice Harrison

Bernice Harrison is an Irish Times journalist and cohost of In the News podcast