In this week's podcast, we speak to Cian McCormack, reporter at RTÉ, who recently cycled from the North West to the South West of Ireland, interviewing people from various towns and villages to find out how locals are unlocking the potential of their areas.

He tells us about the ups and downs of his experiences on the road for two weeks in June, the mobile journalism kit he used to produce daily radio bulletins on RTÉ Radio 1's Morning Ireland, and gives his advice for other news organisations and journalists who would like to develop similar projects.

"In the past when I started reporting, it would have involved an editor, a reporter and a sound operator, all staying overnight and travelling independently – this is more cost effective, and gave the programme the ability to dig a bit deeper," he said.

"The person who does this needs to have confidence to explore the possibilities that mobile journalism presents to any reporter, and have the hunger to be picking away at smaller projects before they go for a bigger project like this."

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