The only ‘online voice’ which devoted some attention to Irish digital print news at the time was UK based, Image Reports. However, its content coverage had been shrinking dramatically over the preceding year, deciding to only concentrate on Large Format Print. In late 2011 it made the decision to have its dedicated Irish section removed, which left an opening for a New Voice.
Print wise, the only other source of information available to Irish printers was ‘The Irish Printer’ magazine, which effectively only covered non-digital print stories, and were in essence company features and some news from abroad, without an online presence.
With Image Reports gone at the end of the 3rd quarter of 2011, Irish Printer also collapsed, although it has now been taken over by The Ashville Media Group as an online magazine. These events set the seeds set for a new voice to be born – ‘Digital Print News’. Now rebranded - as DPNlive!
Bob and Martin set out to create a new and innovative online site which would fill that gap and see REAL NEWS uploaded every week of the year.
Initially it started primarily focused on digital print large format, and although, three years later, it still has that focus, it has now become an online site which encompasses every conceivable subject from print to music.
DPNlive's goal all the time was to bring ‘Real Time News’ online to readers. It still is!
Since it started, the online magazine has now got a very large UK presence. DPNlive has readers from all over the world, particularly from the US where we have two columnists based.
To reflect this change it has now decided to re-brand as DPNlive and update the site to reflect this change.
Meet the Team.
Bob Tallent: Co-Publisher/Columnist
Bob is a Management Consultant, Mentor and Trainer. He is also an Entrepreneur from 1983 to the present day. Between 1983 and 1995 he ran four businesses with a turnover in excess of £1m. As well as having an Honours Degree in Business Studies, he is also an Industrial Engineer and managed a large department in a multinational with large budgets and responsibilities.
He studied to become a Management Consultant, Mentor and Trainer and setup The Synergy Group in 1995.
Bob has a huge range of business and management experience in practically every industry.
Main land line is 00353(0) 1 821 5189
Martin O’Driscoll: Co-Publisher/Editor/Senior Irish columnist
Martin is a management consultant who specialises in B2B selling and journalism. His background is based in the paper industry where he held senior sales, purchasing and general management positions in blue chip multinational companies, both paper mills and paper merchant organizations.
Martin also has significant international business experience having spent over 20 years travelling to most European and Scandinavian countries.
In 1998 he opened his own digital print supply company and then moved on to do consultancy work for a number of print suppliers, specializing in digital large format.
Always with a key eye for news and in particular, new digital print developments, in 2004 he was asked to be the Irish correspondent for a leading UK large format magazine to cover breaking Irish news stories.
Over the years, Martin has developed a significant database of contacts in the print/paper industry which spans most of Europe and the US. His current expertise lies in Journalism, Editing and Graphic content.
Cara Sheridan O’Donnell: Senior US columnist
Cara’s first article for DPNlive was on the 17/11/2012.She is a former book editor for a major US publisher, mother of four, grandmother of two, and now a freelance writer and editor.
Her Letter from ‘America column’ is all about ‘Letting Rip’ at any topic she chooses to write about from the US. She is a superb storyteller and some of her subject matter is just amazing. Cara lives in New York.
Daniel J. Steiger: US columnist on all things Environmental
Daniel joined DPNlive with his first article published on 25/10/2013. He holds a Master of Science: Adolescent Education degree, and a Bachelor of Science: Biology degree. He currently works for the Science Museum of Long Island, New York where he is the Education Coordinator.
Daniel is our specialist in all things Environmental, and he has the credentials to go with it. Like Cara, he lives in New York.
Over the years we have had many contributors to various categories, our thanks goes to,
Dallas A. Dixon
Brian Corrigan is a 26 year old young web developer from Lucan, Ireland. He obtained his first computer at 12 years of age and proceeded to break it immediately. With a sudden need to fix it, Brian took his first steps toward his future by reading the computers manual. Armed with a basic understanding of the hardware side of the PC he started teaching himself to code basic web pages, and from there his interest in all things tech related grew with each passing year.
Brian achieved his goal by graduating some years later with a computer science degree.
Although relatively new to the DPNlive team he has been instrumental in developing the new site and is now a key player in ensuring that DPNlive delivers a ‘top class experience’ for our readers and also that we can offer our sponsors, measurable, innovative and cost effective promotional products.
The original site, in late 2011, was installed by Pushkar Sohoni, from Irish Web Experts, from designs and concepts by Bob Tallent.