Entries open for NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards on Thursday, July 9th

Awards sponsored by the National Lottery will take place in November

Entries will open for the NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards on Thursday, July 9th. The awards programme, which is sponsored by the National Lottery, celebrates the best in Irish journalism and features a total of 24 categories spanning all areas and disciplines of modern journalism.

Entry to the Journalism Awards is open to any work published in print, online, video, or audio from any NewsBrands Ireland member title.

This year, two new categories have been added to the Awards:

Covid-19 Journalism Award

This category will honour the best article or series of articles which have shed light and increased understanding of the coronavirus and its impact. Entries are not restricted to health journalists and may cover any areas which were impacted by the virus – society, business, government, as well as healthcare. The winning work will have been in the public interest and will exemplify why a commitment to fact-based ethical journalism serves an important public purpose at a time of social media fake news and disinformation. Entrants may supply up to three examples of their work.

Best Magazine category

This team-based category honours newspaper magazines published weekly, monthly or at other regular intervals throughout the year. Entries will be judged on outstanding content, design, originality, use of photography and journalistic excellence. Please note, this category is not open to commercial supplements or one- off supplements. Please enter two examples in pdf format.


The judging process involves two stages. First, the hundreds of entries are carefully read by category subpanels, made up of journalists and editors. Each subpanel is chaired by a member of the independent judging panel to ensure any potential conflict of interest is avoided. The best of these entries are chosen for the shortlists in each category.

The independent judging panel is then responsible for choosing the overall winners. All members of the independent judging panel are completely impartial and unconnected with any NewsBrands Ireland news publisher. Each panel member has been carefully chosen for their integrity, passion, and excellence in the field of journalism.

With both the subpanels and independent judging panel, NewsBrands strive to construct diverse panels where different perspectives are brought to bear on each entry. Judges do not receive any monetary payment for their role. All judges generously contribute their time and effort to be part of the panel. This is greatly appreciated by Newsbrands Ireland and its member publications.

The full judging panel will be announced later this month.

Tim Vaughan, former Irish Examiner Editor, is the Chairperson of the Judging Panel. Speaking about this year’s awards, Tim said: Yet again, Irish news publishers have triumphed in producing outstanding and important journalism in the most difficult circumstances.

They have been a crucial source of truth during Covid-19, especially when unregulated social media tech giants were happy to publish for profit scare-mongering falsehoods and damaging conspiracy theories. So, I’m delighted that NewsBrands are again honouring the best of Irish journalism and it’s a privilege to be part of it.”

Commenting at the launch of this year’s Journalism Awards, Vincent Crowley, Chairman of NewsBrands Ireland said: 

“In what had been a momentous year for news, we are delighted to launch this year’s Journalism Awards. Thank you to the National Lottery, who are sponsoring our awards programme for the fifth year, and for their generous support of this important initiative.

We would also like to extend our thanks to all the judges who give so generously of their time to read and evaluate the entries – the awards would not be possible without them.” Mr. Crowley added.

Andew Algeo, Chief Executive of the National Lottery, said

“We, at the National Lottery, are delighted to sponsor the NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards again in 2020.  These awards are a recognition of the immense and valued role that great journalism plays in Irish society. Shining as it does a bright light and explaining the impact of events in their true context. 

The National Lottery exists to support communities in Ireland by providing funding to the Good Causes which are at their heart. National Lottery players have raised over €5.5 billion for Good Causes since the Lottery began, with €252 million raised last year alone from record sales. 

And Good Causes groups are the life blood of Irish Communities. This has become even more evident during the COVID pandemic when groups like the GAA mobilised volunteers to provide local support to vulnerable people. Good quality journalism creates a platform for these important stories to be told. 

I’d like to wish everyone the very best of luck.”

The eligibility period for this year’s NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards is from July 1st 2019 to June 30th 2020.

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

Business Journalist

Campaigning Journalism

Columnist (Broadsheet/Compact)

Columnist (Popular)

Covid-19 Journalism

Crime Journalist


Features (Broadsheet/Compact)

Features (Popular)

Foreign Coverage

Front Page


Investigative Journalism


News Reporter

Best News Website/App

Political Journalist

Podcast of the Year


Showbiz Journalist

Sports Writer (Broadsheet/Compact)

Sports Writer (Popular)

Best Use of Video

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.

All information and entry to the awards is via www.journalismawards.ie