Journalism Awards 2017 Launched

  • Awards sponsored by the National Lottery for second year

NewsBrands Ireland today launched their annual Journalism Awards 2017 which will take place in Dublin’s Mansion House on November 2nd.

Sponsored for the second year by the National Lottery, the 2017 Journalism Awards will feature a total of 25 categories spanning all areas and disciplines of modern journalism including news, analysis, opinion, features, business, politics, crime and more. The awards will also feature categories such as Features and Columnist of the Year for both broadsheet and popular, Digital Excellence, and Story of the Year in politics, business and crime.

The 2017 judging panel will be made up of a range of a high profile journalists, media experts and editors, chaired by Matt Dempsey, former Irish Farmer’s Journal Editor and former NewsBrands Ireland Chairperson.

The eligibility period for this year’s NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards is from July 1st 2016 to June 30th 2017.

Commenting on the launch of this year’s Journalism Awards, Vincent Crowley, Chairman of NewsBrands Ireland said: “The NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards are designed to honour and celebrate the work of journalists who are masters of their craft – dedicated, passionate writers who inform, enlighten, and entertain. The past year has seen some extraordinary developments in society and politics, and readers are hungry for the trusted news and analysis which is uniquely produced by our member newsbrands. We look forward to announcing our shortlist later this year and celebrating the very best in Irish journalism.”

Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive of the National Lottery, said: “In conjunction with Newsbrands Ireland, the National Lottery is delighted to once again be associated with and to sponsor these awards. A strong, independent media is vital, and we are lucky in Ireland to have quality journalism. Indeed, it is heartening to note that every day four out of five Irish adults make time to read the news.

We welcome these awards which acknowledge and celebrate excellence in journalism across 25 categories. Like the National Lottery, Irish newspapers impact on every community across the country and deserve to be supported.”

The full list of categories for this year’s NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards (also available on are as follows:

Business Journalist

Business Story

Columnist (Broadsheet)

Columnist (Popular)

Crime Journalist

Crime Story


Digital Excellence

Features (Broadsheet)

Features (Popular)

Foreign Coverage

Front Page


Investigative Journalism

News Analysis

News Reporter

Political Journalist

Political Story


Showbiz Journalist

Showbiz Story

Sports Story

Sports Writer

Young Journalist


Journalist of the Year*


* The overall Journalist of the Year winner will be chosen by the judging panel from among the individual winners of the other categories forming part of the competition.

For more information about the 2017 Journalism Awards please contact:

Lisa Buckley, NewsBrands Ireland, 087 7779259 or