Here at MediaHQ, we run a series of short interviews with some of the country’s many talented journalists. In this series, you can see why they do what they do, what they love, what they hate and their advice for pitching a story.
Today’s talented guest on our latest 5 Minutes with the Media series is Rory Cashin, writer and broadcaster with Joe.ie.
1) What is your current role and what does it involve?
I’m a writer and broadcaster for JOE.ie. I’m part of the editorial team for the website, primarily focusing on film, TV, video games, travel, and fashion. I’m also the co-host of The Big Reviewski, JOE’s movie podcast, which has regularly ranked No.1 in the iTunes Film & TV Podcast charts.
2) How long have you been working in the industry?
The better part of a decade, by this point. I worked as a cinema projectionist while in college and began writing my own movie blog while there. Soon afterwards I was approached by the editor of an Irish entertainment site, who asked me to write reviews for them, which was my starting point as a paid journalist.
3) Did you always want to be a journalist?
I always knew I wanted to write for a living, but journalism wasn’t how I thought it would go. I had, and still have, dreams of writing books and screenplays for a living. Over the years I have had short films commissioned and made, but my career as a journalist has always been moving steadily forward At some point I do hope to make the time to get back into creative writing, but I imagine that journalism will always be a part of my life, too.
4) Having worked extensively across broadcast and print, do you prefer one format over another?
There is more creative freedom for me as a writer, but there is definitely a fun, entertaining element to working in broadcast. They both allow me to work out different aspects of my critical analysis, which is always helpful because how I’d describe something in a 1,000-word breakdown is not how I would describe it in a 2-minute TV or radio segment.
6) As Culture and Ents journalist with JOE, is there a particular audience you’re aiming your content at?
Anyone with an interest and love of culture and entertainment. I wouldn’t set any particular boundaries in terms of age or gender, but as someone with a passion for these things, I like to think I write for anyone who shares that passion. Or at least someone who has enough of an interest to find out more about them.
7) The Big Reviewski has been running since January, are you enjoying co-hosting the podcast series?
I get to talk about film for a solid hour, with two other film-lovers, and it is one of the most fun parts of my job. We all know what we’re talking about when it comes to cinema, but I never feel like we’re being snobbish about film. We have just as much love for a well-timed fart-joke as we do art-house dramas. And we get to talk to the actors and directors and everyone involved in this movies too, which is a great privilege.
9) What’s been the biggest challenge of your career to date?
Film criticism, in general, is a tough career nut to crack. I’ve seen so many critics have to pack it in after a few years because the pay is not great, and usually not a regular source of income. You work for who you can, whenever you can, and sometimes you’re lucky and you can get a career out of it, but I went through several years watching my friends get high-paying jobs, when I was regularly broke, waiting for my chance. It did finally come, but it wasn’t overnight.
8) Do you have any advice for someone looking to pitch a story to JOE?
Have something to say, and have a way to say it. We can read the news anywhere, but JOE prides itself on telling stories in a way that nobody else can.