NNI Journalism Awards : Shortlist Revealed

“Overwhelming” total of 603 entries narrowed down to 77 nominations

  • 18 categories including National Journalist of the Year
  • Four new categories for 2012
  • Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Newspapers Industry

The final shortlist has been announced in this year’s National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) Journalism Awards 2012, with a total of 77 contenders heading into next Thursday’s awards ceremony at Dublin’s Four Seasons Hotel.

This year’s NNI Journalism Awards features 18 categories, with four new awards up for grabs: Headline of the Year, Crime and Security Reporter of the Year, Sports Reporter of the Year and Commentator of the Year. In addition, a special award for Outstanding Contribution to the Newspaper Industry will be presented.

The highlight of next week’s awards ceremony is expected to be the announcement of National Journalist of the Year, which last year went to The Irish Times‘s finance correspondent Simon Carswell. This year’s nominees are Mary Fitzgerald, The Irish Times; Michael O’Farrell, Irish Mail on Sunday; and the editorial team behind the Irish Independent‘s Presidential Election coverage.

A total of 603 inividual entries were submitted as part of the NNI awards, providing this year’s judging panel, under the chairmanship of Micahel Brophy, with a huge amount of work.

“The response this year has been overwhelming and I’d like to thank my fellow jury members who worked so hard and diligently to narrow it down from more than 600 entries to just 77 nominations,” said Mr Brophy. “The standard is once again first class and a testament to the quality and diversity of Irish newspaper journalism.”

NNI Chairman, Matt Dempsey, said: “This awards scheme gives us the opportunity to honour our journalists, those whose work is the main reason that Ireland enjoys one of the highest rates of newspaper readership (80%) in Europe, if not the world.

“Quality journalism is the USP of the newspapers industry, it is why more people than ever before are reading newspapers both in print and online,” Mr Dempsey added. “We’re looking forward to the awards and I wish all the nominees the best of luck.”

The Ombudsman, Emily O’Reilly has been confirmed as guest of honour for the 2012 NNI Journalism Awards, which will take place next Thursday, 25th October.

For further information:

Ann Marie Lenihan
Tel: 01 668 9099 / 086 816 2764

Email: amlenihan@cullencommunications.ie

NNI Journalism Awards 2012 Shortlist in Full

National Journalist of the Year

Michael O’Farrell, Irish Mail on Sunday

Irish Independent Presidential Election Team: Fiach Kelly, Cormac McQuinn, Fionnan Sheahan and Michael Brennan, Irish Independent

Mary Fitzgerald, The Irish Times  

Regional Journalist of the Year

Marisa Rediy, The Kerryman

David Looby, Wexford Echo

Joe Leogue, The Corkman

Sarah Horgan, Evening Echo

Crime & Security Reporter of the Year

Paul Williams, The Irish Sun

Nicola Tallant, Sunday World

Niall Donald, Sunday World

John Mooney, The Sunday Times

Gemma O’Doherty, Irish Independent

Alan Sherry, Sunday World

Eimear Ni Bhraonain, Irish Independent

Scoop of the Year

Senan Molony, Irish Daily Mail

Fionnan Sheehan, Irish Independent

Michael O’Farrell, Irish Mail on Sunday

Adelina Campos, Irish Sunday Mirror

Critic of the Year

Gemma Tipton, The Irish Times

Liam Fay, The Sunday Times

Eileen Battersby, The Irish Times

Tom Doorley, Irish Daily Mail

Political Journalist of the Year

Juno McEnroe, Irish Examiner

Martin Wall, The Irish Times

Eimear Ni Bhraonain, Irish Independent

Cormac McQuinn, Irish Independent

Miriam Lord, The Irish Times

Business & Economics Journalist of the Year

Mark Keenan, Irish Independent

Charlie Weston, Irish Independent

Tom Lyons, Sunday Independent

Simon Carswell, The Irish Times

Conor Keane, Irish Examiner

Ian Kehoe, Sunday Business Post 

Commentator of the Year

Mary Ellen Synon, Irish Daily Mail

Dearbhail McDonald, Irish Independent

Dermot Bolger, Irish Daily Mail

Lara Marlowe, The Irish Times

Columnist of the Year

Paddy Murray, Sunday World

Michael Harding, The Irish Times

Father Brian Darcy, Sunday World

Justine McCarthy, The Sunday Times

Feature Writer of the Year

Philip Nolan, Irish Daily Mail

Eimear Ni Bhraonain, Irish Independent

Kathy Sheridan, The Irish Times

Gemma O’Doherty, Irish Independent

Conor Lally, The Irish Times

Catherine Fegan, Irish Daily Mail

Young Journalist

Jennifer Bray, Irish Daily Mail

Niall O’Connor, Evening Herald

Adelina Campos, Irish Sunday Mirror

Orla Tinsley, The Irish Times

David Sneyd, Irish Mail on Sunday

Sarah Bardon, Irish Daily Mirror

Newspapers in Education

TY People – People Newspapers

Titanic Supplement – Irish Independent

Headline of the Year

“Honey we Blew Up The Kids” – The Sunday Times

“Trunk and Disorderly” – The Irish Sun

“7 Hours and 15 days” – Irish Daily Star

“Tiocfaidh Ar Lamh”  – Irish Daily Star

Sports Reporter of the Year

Dion Fanning, Sunday Independent

Martin Breheny, Irish Independent

Malachy Clerkin, The Irish Times

Kieran Cunningham, Irish Daily Star

Ewan McKenna, Irish Examiner

Philip Quinn, Irish Daily Mail 

Sports Columnist of the Year

Neil Francis, Sunday Independent

Eamonn Sweeney, Sunday Independent

Keith Duggan, The Irish Times

Dion Fanning, Sunday Independent

Roy Curtis, Sunday World

Showbiz Journalist of the Year

Niamh Walsh, Irish Mail on Sunday

Alana Fearon, Irish Daily Mirror

Eoin Murphy, Irish Mail on Sunday

Alexandra Ryan, Irish Mail on Sunday 

Best Design & Presentation

Sunday World

Irish Daily Mail

The Irish Times (The Ticket)