Journalism Awards Independent judging panel announced

The independent judging panel for the 2021 NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards has been announced.

See panel members here:

Each panel member has been carefully chosen for their integrity, passion, and excellence in the field of journalism. Tim Vaughan, former Irish Examiner Editor, is Chairman of the Judging Panel.

The judging begins this month and each of the experts will have the tough task to narrow down a shortlist of six finalists per category. The shortlist will be announced at the end of October and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on November 18th.

Ann Marie Lenihan, CEO of NewsBrands Ireland, commented: “Our annual Journalism Awards have become the highlight of the media calendar due to the credibility and expertise of our judging panel. As some of the country’s most respected professionals, they are perfectly placed to choose the best for each of our 22 categories.”

The NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards, which are sponsored by the National Lottery, seek to celebrate and highlight journalistic excellence and the important role journalism plays in society. The 22 categories cover many forms of journalism including Politics, Crime, Investigative, Business, Digital News, Podcast, Video, Magazines, Showbiz, Features, and Opinion. The judging criteria focuses on five key areas:

Subject matter: Is the subject matter relevant or significant? Does the work provide new or original insight? Does it help readers identify issues of importance and understand them in new ways? Does it show originality, enterprise, and initiative?

Rigour of reporting: Please take into account the depth and breadth of information, sourcing, initiative, and context.

Writing style: Is the writing compelling and engaging? Does it offer clarity, engagement, and insight? Does the journalist exhibit sustained quality?

Integrity: Is the work fair and balanced? Does the work serve the community or society at large and demonstrate the importance of journalism?

Impact: Did it lead to change or improvement in society? Will you remember the writing long after you finish reading the piece?