SOCIAL MEDIA POLICY – Dundalk FM
Last updated: 11th March 2021
The Social Media Policy document provides guidance and direction to Staff, Presenters and Volunteers when utilising all types of social media.
Misuse or abuse of social and digital media can cause significant injury to third parties and can also impact negatively on the reputation of Dundalk FM. The Station is potentially vicariously liable for injury caused by misuse or abuse of social and digital media channels by anyone associated with Dundalk FM. Consequently the station takes any misuse or abuse of social and digital media very seriously.
Like all Staff/Volunteer policies, it is the responsibility of the Manager to address any issues that arise in relation to breach of these policies and regulations. There is also a significant personal responsibility placed on all Staff and Volunteers at the station.
Electronic Communications Policy
Confidential information regarding company business practices and procedures or personal information about any suppliers, advertising clients or employees must not be posted or discussed on Internet social networking websites, Internet video hosting/sharing websites, Internet discussion forums, message boards or Internet chat rooms.
The company reserves the right to take such action as it deems appropriate against users who breach the conditions of these policies or Data Protection regulations. Employees who breach these policies may be denied access to the Station’s information technology resources, and may be subject to disciplinary action, including suspension and dismissal as provided for in the disciplinary procedure. Volunteers who breach policy may have their membership rescinded.
Code of Standards and Behavior
There is an implied term of mutual trust and confidence between employer and employee in all employment contracts. A very negative, defamatory or damaging posting or communication by an employee may entitle Dundalk Media Centre CLG T/A Dundalk FM to proceed with the Disciplinary Process, including investigation, and discipline up to dismissal if warranted. If defamatory material is posted on a social networking site, defamation claims may arise against the employee. Employees must not improperly disclose, during or following termination of employment, information gained in the course of their work.
Staff & volunteers who have access to Dundalk FM social media to post on behalf of the station are entrusted so for the purpose of enhancing the service the station provides to users. Anyone posting as Dundalk FM is asked to stop and consider how the post may impact the station.
Posts that may make any negative implications towards the station or another organisation/ persons or indeed posts reflecting personal moral/religious/political beliefs etc will be removed and the perpetrator may face disciplinary procedures.
If you choose to identify yourself as an employee of Dundalk Media Centre CLG (T/A Dundalk FM) or a Dundalk FM broadcaster on social media profiles including your own personal profiles or in your commentary on personal topics within social media sites, it is important to use common sense and be aware of the nature of your comments and their possible consequences. It is important that all our employees and volunteers are aware of the implications of engaging in forms of social media and online conversations that reference the company or your association with the Station. Privacy, Data Protection requirements, defamation law and basic duty of care all still apply in comments that are made while off-duty and online. If an employee or volunteer comments online in a personal capacity while identified as an employee or volunteer of DMC, these comments can be attributed or perceived as the official position of the company.
Volunteers & Staff – Remember, when using Personal social media:
Protecting Dundalk FM Staff/Volunteers from online abuse
Given the nature of and the high levels of participation in social media sites like Facebook in Ireland, Staff/Volunteers/Broadcasters may from time to time become the victim of abuse or defamation by members of the public through comments made and published on the Internet or on social networks.
Where this occurs, the Station Manager will work to support you in every way possible. Responsibility for responding to staff or volunteer concerns about and co-ordinating the response to abusive online comments rests with the Manager as is does with all Staff/Volunteer health safety and welfare issues.
Where Staff/Volunteers are notified of or are concerned about an abusive or defamatory post, profile, comment or page relating to the radio, this should be reported immediately to the Manager. The Manager should arrange for the post to be reviewed, and where possible or appropriate, the post should be reported as abuse with the relevant site’s existing reporting process. A screenshot should be recorded of the comment.
The Community Radio Ireland Féile 2020 will take place online via ZOOM on Friday 13th November 2020. It will be a day for community development and radio production discussion and an exchange of ideas. As an online attendee you will meet CR activists from over 20 Community Radio Stations in Ireland. Please reply with your choice and you will receive a link to attend your chosen event.
Please register me for
Open Sessions -YES / NO
Workshop Number _______
Achievement Awards – YES / NO
Return by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Open Sessions
You will receive a link and will be able log in to attend all of the sessions listed below during the day.
The Opening Address, Community Media Policy and Plenary Session
12:00 midday Welcome from CRAOL Chair Declan Gibbons
15:30-17:30 Plenary Theme -The changing Face of
You will receive an email with a Zoom link to attend your chosen workshop.
4 workshops; (90 minutes each) please choose one only.
Workshop 1 Engaging your community during COVID-19
Aimed at: Outreach/Community Development Officers, Volunteer Coordinators and Programme Co-ordinators (max 2 per station)
Workshop 2 Student Radio & young people in broadcasting (up to 4 per station)
Aimed at: Young people, students, Trainers and Volunteer/Programme Co-ordinators
Workshop 3 Broadcasting Remotely- Equipment, Software etc (up to 4 per station)
Aimed at: Technical, Production and Management
Workshop 4 Risk Assessment for Stations (max 2 per station)
Aimed at: Boards, Management and Administrators
|3. Craol Achievement Awards
The 2020 Community Radio Achievement Awards will take place from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and up to 20 people can attend from each station. Dundalk FM have made an application for an Award in the Category Resilience and Innovation.
This Friday, June 19th is National Community Radio Day. It’s the day when CRAOL- Community Radio Ireland – and its member stations across Ireland celebrate and recognise the work and commitment of the more than two and a half thousand people – volunteers and staff – involved in this vibrant sector of the media.
Begun in 2015, National Community Radio Day will focus on the Social Benefit of Community Radio, with a special four hour broadcast, hosted by 92.5 Phoenix FM, the Community Radio based in Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. Dundalk FM is streaming the complete show which includes interviews with Jim Ryan and John Murphy.
This sixth National Community Radio Day will see the launch of two key reports;
Assessing the Social Benefit of Community Media – A Toolkit for Community Radio
Introducing a Social Benefit Approach to Community Radio- A Compendium of Stories, an action from the Broadcasting Authority’s Community Media Action Plan
Declan Gibbons, Chair of CRAOL and Michael O’Keeffe, CEO, The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland will officially launch the reports live on air at 12midday on Friday.
The CRAOL network comprises 21 fully licensed and 10 developing Community Radio stations. Friday’s broadcast will include input from volunteers and representatives from stations across Ireland, and this special National Community Radio Day programme will be available to all Community Radio Stations to broadcast
National Community Radio Day aims to create a greater awareness among the public of the importance of radio and to urge decision makers to establish and support access to information, access to the airwaves and Community access to radio.
It is also a day to keep in mind the unique capacity of Community Radio to promote social inclusion, promote community cohesion and engagement, and to empower and support Community broadcasters nationwide to deliver a Social Benefit to their communities, through active volunteerism, shared resources, good governance, partnership and networking.
As the original public event was cancelled for health and safety reasons – due to Covid 19, this year’s National Community Radio Day (NCRD) will be a radio based event, broadcast by Community stations across the country.
Level 3 Precaution and Control Measures
We are reducing social contact at the station.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD ANYONE ENTER THE STATION IF THEY (OR ANYONE THEY LIVE WITH OR HAVE CLOSE CONTACT WITH) HAVE COLD, COUGH, FLU SYMPTOMS OR ARE WAITING ON RESULTS FOR COVID-19 TEST.
WE WILL PUT ON A BACK UP OR ASK ANOTHER PRESENTER TO COVER THE SHOW.
Protecting fellow staff and volunteers from Covid-19
March 23rd 2020
|Presenters must only use a personal pop shield or bring in a pop sock to cover the mic.|
|There should be no more than one presenter in the studio at any time.|
Employees MUST SIGN THE DAILY CLEANING SHEET with your initials and the time of cleaning/disinfectant.
Duties for the first employee when opening the offices in the morning.
|Cleaning refers to the removal of dirt and impurities, including germs, from surfaces. Cleaning alone does not kill germs. But by removing the germs, it decreases their number and therefore any risk of spreading infection. Surfaces should be cleaned using a detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.|
|Disinfecting works by using chemicals to kill germs on surfaces. This process does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces or remove germs. But killing germs remaining on a surface after cleaning further reduces any risk of spreading infection.|
Advice to all Members
10th March 2020
If the station is closed down we will ask presenters to send in a show if they can or else we will play edited backups and work remotely.
The safety and well-being of our members, staff and visitors is very important and we are monitoring advice provided by the Irish authorities – Department of Health, Department of Foreign Affairs and the HSE – regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19. We are adopting a policy of high-compliance and seek to adopt further measures to minimise the risks where it is appropriate to do so.
In order to minimise the risk of the spread of COVID-19 at the station, at Outside Broadcast Events, meetings and training, you are asked to do the following:
If you or a member of your household is returning from any of the areas identified as high-risk by the HSE or the Department of Foreign Affairs; whether or not symptoms are evident, we request that you do not come into the station.
Please contact a member of staff immediately if you believe that a risk of transmission of the virus has arisen for any reason on Dundalk FM premises.
When at the station, events or meetings, please observe the personal hygiene recommendations.
Meticulous hand washing.
Covering coughs and sneezes in the correct manner to avoid the spread of infected water-droplets.
Safe disposal of used tissues and cleaning of infected surfaces.
Wipe the desk faders and desktops – wipes are provided in the studio.
Go to https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/coronavirus/coronavirus.html for up-to-date advice, description of symptoms, etc.
Dundalk FM may cancel live programming at short notice in order to avoid the risk of transmission of the disease. We will broadcast similar programmes where it is possible to do so. Also, please notify us in advance of non-attendance due to COVID-19 concerns so that we can put on alternative programming.
Dundalk FM will endeavour to keep you up to date and ask you to follow public health guidelines at all times.
Thank you for your co-operation.
We made a special effort to record new Christmas Shows – so thank you to the following: Gussie Hearty’s Christmas Day Special, the Garda Senior Citizen’s Christmas Party, St Brigid’s School Christmas Fair, Men’s Shed Concert, Noel Sharkey’s recordings from the Blackrock and Haggardstown Senior Citizen’s Party, ‘A Winter’s Tale’ by the Clermont Chorale – recorded in St Mary’s Church, Castlebellingham, the Dundalk Baptist Church Carol Service, Aiken Barracks Town Talk Show, Primary Kids featuring Knockbridge NS with Orla Crilly. John Englishby’s Quiet Irish Music Christmas Special, We Rock Your World, Beaten Tracks and Rocksteady Rhythms Christmas Editions, the Goblin and the Gravedigger Radio Play by Patricia Reynolds, the SMART Network Louth Christmas Special recorded in the Community Offices and the Classic Sounds Christmas Day show at 12pm with Jim Ryan. Thank you everyone, it makes for the best radio at Christmas time.
Mike’s Music Express Mike McMahon, 12pm on Saturdays
Saturday Night 80’s Andy McKenna, 10pm 1st Saturday
Odds & Sods John Englishby, 11pm 1st Saturday
Saturday Night David Larkin, 10pm 2nd Saturday
My Week In Tunes Danny O’Hanlon, 11pm 2ndSaturday
Roots and Boots Kerry Fearon, 10pm 3rd Saturday
Your Song Donal Carroll & Margaret Hoey, 11pm 4th Saturday
Build up with Bellew Match nights from 7pm
AlphaBeats Series 1 and 2 3pm and 4pm on Sundays
Inspire Well Being Music Show, Brendan Connolly Poetry and Music Show, Automatic Pilot – Poetry and Music show, Town Talk Miscellany, Ready Steady Go, Féile 2019 Special Tracey Hanby, A-Z of Music Philip O Brien, St Patrick’s Bank Holiday Monday programming – all Irish music shows hosted by various presenters. We Will Rock You Hallowe’en and Christmas Specials.
2019 Outside Broadcasts
|Feb||Dundalk Chamber M50 Launch, Bellingham Castle.|
|Mar||Enterprise Week, Creative Spark.
International Women’s Day, County Library.
Carlingford Vigil for Ruth Maguire, Carlingford.
|Apr||Age Friendly Conference, Crowne Plaza.
Fr Michael Cusack/Birches Fundraiser, St Gerard’s Hall.
|May||Election Coverage, Redeemer Resource Centre.
National Volunteer Week, Louth Volunteer Centre.
LMETB Open Day, Chapel Street.
Drink Tea for MND, Quay Celtic Clubrooms.
|June||Sunshine Choir Coffee Morning, Rehab Hub.
Vantastival, Beaulieu House.
|July||Drive105FM Derry v Dundalk.
Dundalk Pride, Outcomers.
Open Day in Louth County Hospital.
|Sept||Knockbridge Vintage Festival.
Coffee Morning, North Louth Hospice.
Louth Volunteer Centre Fair, DKIT.
Kavanagh Poetry Weekend, Inniskeen.
|Oct||10 Year Licence Radiothon.
Mental Health Week, County Museum.
Coder Dojo Mór, Carroll’s Building, DKIT.
|Nov||Louth Craftmark Christmas Fair, Bellurgan Park.|
|Dec||Dundalk Simon Community, Joceyln Street.
Aiken Barracks Christmas Special.
Shows: Town Talk, Mike’s Music Express, Lunch Box, Brunch, Lion’s Club at your Service, Good Morning Dundalk, Showband Street, Drive Time & 35 Soccer Commentaries.
Dominik Buch, Joe McArdle, Cathal McCooey, Dan Pope, Andy McKenna, Gregor Byatt, Orla Crilly, David Larkin, Kerry Fearon, Eddie Cranney, Cynthia Manda, Mary Matthews, Eimear O’Kane and Mary Rose Muckian,
David Bellew and Ryan O’Donnell – QQI L3 Media Expression Course.
David Bellew, Billy Lyons, Sean O’Connor and Kevin McGuirk – QQI L4 Community Radio Course.
Dundalk International Trainees (funded by the Department of Justice)
Here is a video clip of John from Sweden along with Carole (Scotland) and Eimear (Ireland) with their Swedish cafe role play.
Here is a clip of Narcissa (Romania) ,Filomena (Ireland) and Tara (Ireland) with their Romanian cafe role play.
We are looking for participants for 2 FREE RADIO COURSES in the New Year – Women on Air (funded by the Anne McGeeney Trust Fund) and Dundalk International. The first is aimed at immigrants and local people and the second is for migrants and refugee women. Email email@example.com for more information.
Keep an eye out for Community Radio Ireland sponsored training in Continuous Professional Development for Trainers and the Craol Féile workshop in October.
Clan II, SS Connemara, The Romantic Landscape, Musical Chances – Music Generation Louth, St Brigid of Faughart, The Buildings Built by the British in Dundalk. If you have an idea for an application for the 2020 rounds contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Daytime Presenters