The NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards are designed to honour and celebrate the work of the writers, analysts and commentators whose original journalism is read every day – in print and online – by more than 4 out of 5 adults in Ireland.
Established in 2011, the Awards recognise outstanding journalism across 25 categories including crime, features, business, politics, sport, showbiz, news analysis and more. The overall prize is awarded to the NewsBrands Ireland Journalist of the Year.
The eligibility period for the 2016 Awards is for work published from January 1st 2015 to June 30th 2016, and a shortlist will be announced in October 2016. The Awards will take place on Thursday, November 3rd 2016.
In addition to honouring individual journalists, the Awards also highlight the investment in original journalism by members and publishers of NewsBrands Ireland (formerly NNI). Newspapers still invest more in journalism than any other medium.
Since the establishment of the Awards, NewsBrands Ireland has been proud to award the overall accolade of Journalist of the Year on three occasions:
2013 Journalist of the Year: Kitty Holland, The Irish Times
2012 Journalist of the Year: Michael Brennan, Fiach Kelly,
Cormac McQuinn, Fionnan Sheahan, Irish Independent
2011 Journalist of the Year: Simon Carswell, The Irish Times
Previous Awards have featured a number of high-profile guest speakers including Simon Kelner, former editor of the London Independent, Emily O’Reilly, the award-winning former journalist and current European Ombudsman, and Mick Hume, the journalist, author and editor of the online magazine Spiked.
Special awards have been presented in recognition of ‘Outstanding Contribution to the Newspaper Industry’ to Geraldine Kennedy (2011), former editor of The Irish Times, and Aengus Fanning (2012), former editor of the Sunday Independent.
An award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Public Debate’ was presented to Elma Walsh on behalf of her son, the inspirational Donal Walsh, who died in 2013, while in 2012 a special ‘Supreme Wordsmith’ award was dedicated to the legendary sportswriter Con Houlihan.
“The National Lottery is very happy to support the 2016 NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards and we are proud to be associated with this wonderful showcase of original Irish journalism. Ireland has a long tradition of producing outstanding journalists, and the talent of today’s generation helps to ensure the continuing relevance of newspapers and news media in this country. We salute all participating journalists and look forward to celebrating their work in November.”
Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive
The National Lottery