NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards announced
Mark Tighe from The Sunday Times named 2019 Journalist of the Year
Paddy Clancy honoured with Lifetime Achievement Award
The winners of the 2019 Journalism Awards were announced today at an awards ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House.
Mark Tighe from The Sunday Times was been crowned the overall NewsBrands Ireland Journalist of the Year for 2019.
Tighe was also awarded the Scoop of the Year and News Reporter of the Year awards, as well as being part of the team to win the Investigative Journalism and Campaigning Journalism awards for their exposure of issues around corporate governance in the Football Association of Ireland.
The award was presented by Vincent Crowley, Chairperson of NewsBrands Ireland, Tim Vaughan, the Chairman of the Journalism Awards Judging Panel, and Andrew Algeo, CEO of the National Lottery who sponsor the Awards.
The Journalist of the Year award, said Mr Vaughan, went to a journalist whose tenacious work “has led to a raft of stunning revelations that raised huge question marks about governance and transparency at one of the country’s most high profile organizations.”
“None of this would have happened – could have happened – if the journalism we’re honouring here today could be silenced by people who don’t want stories about them published, that are in the public interest, or who don’t like the ones that are. It’s why journalism matters.”
Winners across a diverse range of categories
In addition to the overall Journalist of the Year prize, a total of 26 category awards were presented at today’s ceremony in Dublin’s Mansion House. The awards span all areas and disciplines of modern journalism and are open to work published in print, website, online, mobile, video, or audio.
The full list of 2019 winners can be read below.
Speech from NewsBrands Ireland Chairman
Addressing the Journalism Awards, NewsBrands Ireland Chairman, Vincent Crowley, said:
“People consume more hard news than ever before with our print and digital content read by 74 % of the population. Established brands, such as our member news publishers, matter when people are looking for news coverage. When it comes to news, trust is everything.”
NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Matters campaign
This year, NewsBrands Ireland continued their ‘Journalism Matters’ campaign which highlights the vital role the press plays in a vibrant democracy and calls on the Government to support measures to ensure the industry’s survival. This includes urgent reform of the Defamation Act. Referencing a Defamation Symposium held by the Department of Justice earlier today in Dublin, Mr. Crowley went on to say:
“In order to publish matters of the public interest, our defamation laws must be reformed. We welcome that the Department has now finally moved to progress the Review process. The high level of awards and related legal costs are jeopardising the financial viability of local and national news publishers. A sense of urgency is required to finalise the review process.”
Andrew Algeo, Chief Executive of the National Lottery, who sponsor the awards said:
“These awards are a recognition of the immense and valued role of journalism, shining a light as it does on all aspects of Irish society and making clear the impact and context of news and events. The National Lottery is proud to sponsor these awards again this year, and to be associated with the best of work by the print and online journalists of Ireland.”
Lifetime Achievement Award
Renowned journalist and editor Paddy Clancy was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Paddy has held high executive positions in Irish and British national papers and radio. He was the Bureau Chief for The Irish Sun since its launch in Ireland, as well as going on to be a regular columnist for that paper and the Irish Mirror more recently.
During a celebrated career, he has covered many major stories at home and abroad. He crossed what was regarded as the most dangerous 100 kilometres in Africa when President Mary Robinson was the first Western Head of State to enter war-ravaged Somalia and he also reported from Derry during Bloody Sunday in 1972.
He is also remembered as the presenter who brought his own distinctive style to RTE Radio’s Morning Ireland slot, What It Says In The Papers, for almost three decades.
Journalism Awards 2019 winners
Business Journalist of the Year: Michael O’ Farrell, The Irish Mail on Sunday
Business Story of the Year: Feargal O’ Connor, Sunday Independent
Broadsheet Columnist of the Year: Hilary Fannin, The Irish Times
Campaigning Journalism: The Sunday Times for their FAI campaign
Popular Columnist of the Year: Larissa Nolan, Irish Mirror
Critic of the Year: Liam Fay, The Sunday Times
Broadsheet Features Writer: Conor Gallagher, The Irish Times
Popular Features Writer: Catherine Fegan, Irish Daily Mail
Crime Story of the Year: Norma Costello, The Irish Mail on Sunday
Crime Journalist of the Year: Nicola Tallant, Sunday World
Foreign Coverage: Sally Hayden, The Irish Times
Front Page: The Irish Examiner
Headline: The Irish Sun
Investigative Journalism: The Sunday Times (Colin Coyle, Mark Tighe, Paul Rowan)
News Reporter of the Year: Mark Tighe, The Sunday Times
Podcast of the Year: The Floating Voter, Independent.ie
Political Story of the Year: Peter O’ Dwyer, The Times, Ireland Edition
Political Journalist of the Year: Kevin Doyle, Irish Independent
Scoop of the Year: Mark Tighe, The Sunday Times
Showbiz Story of the Year: Barry Moran, The Irish Sun
Showbiz Journalist of the Year: Eddie Rowley, Sunday World
Sports Journalist of the Year (Broadsheet): Cathal Dennehy, Irish Examiner and Irish Independent
Sports Journalist of the Year (Popular): Roy Curtis, The Herald and Sunday World
Best use of Video: Simon Carswell and Enda O’ Dowd, The Irish Times
Best News Website: Irishtimes.com
Young Journalist of the Year: Jack Power, The Irish Times
Journalist of the Year: Mark Tighe, The Sunday Times