Categories & Criteria

Business Journalist: This category includes both business news and features, as both abound in all kinds of business journalism.

As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples in PDF format of what they consider to be their best work.

ENTER NOW

Business Story: This is for an exclusive story, embodying the best professional standards, about any aspect of business – including stories about unreported major business developments, the fortunes of significant companies, mergers and acquisitions, links between politics and business etc. – whose significance and importance is readily recognisable by a writer’s peers as well as by the general public in this highly competitive field.

Please submit your business story in pdf format.

ENTER NOW

Campaigning Journalism: This category can only be entered by the Editor

The category is designed to highlight and honour the vital role of campaigning journalism in the public interest.

Each title is entitled to nominate one entry (chosen by the Editor) which must be accompanied by a 200-300 word description detailing the campaign’s impact, originality and how journalism has been used to further the campaign’s objectives and outcome.

Please note that stories do not necessarily need to be branded a ‘campaign’ – rather they are open to any story which engages with readers and advocates a change that is clearly in the public interest and where publication results in the mobilisation of support (public and/or political) for the subject matter highlighted by the campaign.

As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples which can also include examples of social media or any other digital activity which supports the campaign. As long as the majority of the entry was published within the eligibility period, you can also supply content published outside the eligibility period if it helps to give it context.

ENTER NOW

Columnist (Broadsheet/Compact): This category covers opinion writing and other columnists whose work is addressed to a broadsheet readership and can include any subject not catered for specifically by other categories: lifestyle, environment, health, consumer advice, current affairs, etc. the award is for the columnist whose writing is considered the most powerful and impactful. 

As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples in PDF format of what they consider to be their best work.

Independent.ie
Irish Examiner
Irish Farmers Journal
Irish Independent
Irish Mail on Sunday
Sunday Business Post
Sunday Independent
The Irish Times
The Sunday Times
The Times, Ireland Edition

ENTER NOW

Columnist (Popular): This category also covers opinion writing in all its forms but is stylistically addressed to the readership of a popular mass circulation newspaper or news site. It can cover any subject not catered for specifically by other categories: lifestyle, environment, health, consumer advice, agony aunts, etc.  The award should simply be for the columnist whose writing is considered the most powerful and impactful.  

As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples in PDF format of what they consider to be their best work.

ENTER NOW

Crime Journalist: This category includes both crime news and features. 

As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples in PDF format of what they consider to be their best work.

ENTER NOW

Crime Story: This is an exclusive story, which will be judged not only on its exclusive quality but on its general significance in the context of the interest in crime among readers and policy-makers generally. A picture story, or a story written around and dependent on an exclusive picture, may be considered as valid as a story with no pictorial element.

Please submit your business story in pdf format.

ENTER NOW

Critic: The purpose of this category is to encourage good critical coverage and the work of the critic.  It is for journalists who offer critical coverage of films, books, food/drink, entertainment, theatre, art and dance. 

As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples in PDF format of what they consider to be their best work.

ENTER NOW

Features (Broadsheet/Compact): This category is designed primarily for articles other than news reports or columns which give broadsheet readers insights into and information about topics, themes, personalities or trends that are significant for other reasons and are appropriate to this particular readership in style and substance. It is also for articles that offer descriptive writing of a high order which therefore contribute significant added value for the reader.  

As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples in PDF format of what they consider to be their best work.

ENTER NOW

Features (Popular): This category is designed primarily for articles other than news reports or columns which give readers of popular newspapers/ news website insights into and information about topics, themes, personalities or trends that are significant for other reasons and are appropriate to this particular readership in style and substance. It is also for articles that offer descriptive writing of a high order which therefore contribute significant added value for the reader.  

As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples in PDF format of what they consider to be their best work.

ENTER NOW

Foreign coverage. This category is for news or feature articles about events, people or developments abroad generated primarily or exclusively for the title in which they appear, and can be either by staff writers, by free-lance contributors, or by teams of writers covering significant events or news stories abroad.  Material submitted must be from journalists submitting work to Irish publications or Irish editions and cognisant of Irish audiences.

As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples in PDF format of what they consider to be their best work.

ENTER NOW

Front Page: This is fundamentally a design category for a page as a whole, i.e. not just a headline, which is catered for in another category.

A maximum of six front page entries per title can be entered.

ENTER NOW

Headline: This is self-explanatory: the key is impact – the kind of headline that evokes the “must-read” reaction.  It does not need to be a main page headline.

A maximum of six headline entries per title can be entered.

ENTER NOW

Investigative journalism. This is for an individual or team-based article or series which provides in-depth and previously unpublished information about a political, economic or social issue of demonstrable public interest and value.

Please save all relevant pieces/articles relating to your entry into one PDF as the entry mechanism in this category only allows one PDF to be uploaded.

As long as the first piece in your entry was published within the eligibility period, and prior to the 30th of June 2018 deadline, you can include additional pieces published after the deadline as part of your entry.

 ENTER NOW

Journalist of the Year. The prize-winner in this category will be chosen by the judges from among the individual prize-winners in any of the other categories forming part of the competition. The winner will be entitled both to their individual award and to this overall award.

Political journalist: The nature and scope of this category is self-evident. 

As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples in PDF format of what they consider to be their best work.

ENTER NOW

Political Story. This is for an exclusive story, embodying the best professional standards, about politics – including stories about unexpected or unknown political developments, the unanticipated outcomes of political decisions, and significant changes in political organisations or alignments – whose significance and importance is readily recognizable by a writer’s peers as well as by the general public in this highly competitive field. A picture story, or a story written around and dependent on an exclusive picture, may be considered as valid as a story with no pictorial element.

Please submit your political story in pdf format.

ENTER NOW

Showbiz Journalist: The nature and scope of this category is self-evident.   

As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples of what they consider to be their best work.

ENTER NOW

Showbiz story. This is for an exclusive story, embodying the best professional standards, about showbiz whose significance and importance is readily recognizable by a writer’s peers as well as by the general public in this highly competitive field.  A picture story, or a story written around and dependent on an exclusive picture, may be considered as valid as a story with no pictorial element.

Please enter your Showbiz Story in PDF format.

ENTER NOW

News Reporter: This category is designed for news reporting in the widest sense: it can include specialist as well as general journalists other than those specifically catered for by other categories. 

As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples in PDF format of what they consider to be their best work.

ENTER NOW

Best News Website or App 

This category honours excellence in digital news coverage including mobile, apps, and desktop. Entries must demonstrate excellence in journalism and storytelling, an outstanding user experience, and innovative design. Original and exclusive content will have a value premium over aggregated or syndicated content.

Entries may include examples of coverage of an unplanned breaking or developing news event, a large planned event (such as an election, court case verdict etc), of any significant story told in an innovative, imaginative or impactful way for a digital audience. Judges will also look for evidence of audience growth and innovative ways of engaging with audience.

Entries must be via url link . A maximum of 3 entries per NewsBrands Ireland member 

Entrants must provide a one- page statement of support giving relevant background and viewing/reach statistics. 

ENTER NOW

Podcast of the Year. This category is open to all genres of podcast being produced by NewsBrands Ireland members. Judges will consider the originality and impact of the podcast, evidence of a loyal and growing fanbase, and overall production quality.

Entries must be via url link. A maximum of 3 entries per NewsBrands Ireland member 

Entrants must provide a one- page statement of support giving relevant background and viewing/reach statistics. 

ENTER NOW

Scoop: A scoop by definition is a piece of news which is first published in a media outlet in advance of its rivals.  The submitted work must not have appeared in any other publication or edition in any form whatsoever and must be signed off by the editor as a scoop. Journalists entering in any of the other news or news-related specialist categories can enter any of their articles for judging in the Scoop category – but not more than one article from any other category.

Please enter your Scoop in PDF format.

ENTER NOW

Sports Writer (Broadsheet/Compact): This category will be judged on the basis of up to three articles from any entrant, giving the overall flavour of the best work of the entrant in the period covered by the awards.

ENTER NOW

Sports Writer (Popular) : This category will be judged on the basis of up to three articles from any entrant, giving the overall flavour of the best work of the entrant in the period covered by the awards.

Please enter your Sports Story in PDF format.

ENTER NOW

Best Use of Video This award is open to NewsBrands Ireland publishers who are creating original video content for their digital platforms.

Entries will display exceptional and innovative efforts in reporting or telling stories through video. The award will recognise the video’s exclusivity, impact, and how well it integrates with the digital story.

Judges also will give special attention to the originality, innovation and creativity being brought to bear to tell stories.

Entries must be via url link. A maximum of 3 entries per NewsBrands Ireland member 

Entrants must provide a one- page statement of support giving relevant background and viewing/reach statistics. 

ENTER NOW

Young: The age criteria for this category is that the journalists concerned should be under 28 on 30 June 2019.  

As this award relates to a body of work, entrants are entitled to submit up to three examples in PDF format of what they consider to be their best work.

ENTER NOW