NewsBrands Ireland launch the 2019 Journalism Awards sponsored by the National Lottery

10 May 2019. NewsBrands Ireland today launched their annual Journalism Awards which will take place in Dublin’s Mansion House on November 14th 2019. The awards will continue to be sponsored by the National Lottery who have signed up for a new three-year sponsorship deal.

The 2019 Journalism Awards will feature a total of 26 categories spanning all areas and disciplines of modern journalism. Entry to the Journalism Awards is open to any work published in print, website, online, mobile, video, audio or any other news delivery format from any NewsBrands Ireland member title.

This year sees the addition of three new digital categories:

  • Best News Website/App
  • Podcast of the Year
  • Best Use of Video

Tim Vaughan has been announced as the new Chair of the Judging Panel. A former editor of the Irish Examiner for over 15 years, he began his career in journalism as a reporter with The Kerryman before joining the then Cork Examiner as a general news reporter in 1991.

He was appointed editor of the Irish Examiner in 2001. During his time as editor the newspaper earned an award-winning reputation for campaigning journalism and spearheaded revelations into several major national controversies, including the Garda whistleblowers scandal. 

He is now Head of Content and Corporate Communications at the global employee communications company, Poppulo.

Speaking about his new role, Tim said: “Despite the challenges journalism is under, there’s really outstanding work being done across the newspaper sector, week in, week out. So, it’s great that NewsBrands are showcasing the very best of Irish journalism and it’s an honour to have been asked to chair the judging panel.” 

In his role as Judging Panel Chairman, Tim will preside over an independent judging panel tasked with whittling the thousands of entries down to 26 overall winners and choosing the overall Journalist of the Year.

Commenting at the launch of this year’s Journalism Awards, Vincent Crowley, Chairman of NewsBrands Ireland said: “We are delighted to welcome Tim Vaughan as our new Judging Panel Chairperson. Tim’s vast experience, knowledge, and integrity will be of great benefit to the entire judging process.”

“Thanks once again to all in the National Lottery for their continued support and for committing to a further three-year sponsorship contract.” Mr. Crowley added.

Dermot Griffin, Chief Executive of the National Lottery, said: The National Lottery is honoured to continue to sponsor the Journalism Awards for the next three years. We have a very successful partnership with NewsBrands Ireland and we are delighted to be involved in this important awards initiative which showcases excellence in Irish journalism.”

The eligibility period for this year’s NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards is from July 1st 2018 to June 30th 2019 Entries will open in July 2019.

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

Business Journalist

Business Story

Campaigning Journalism

Columnist (Broadsheet/Compact)

Columnist (Popular)

Crime Journalist

Crime Story


Features (Broadsheet/Compact)

Features (Popular)

Foreign Coverage

Front Page


Investigative Journalism

News Reporter

Best News Website/App

Political Journalist

Political Story

Podcast of the Year


Showbiz Journalist

Showbiz Story

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.

For more information about the 2019 Journalism Awards please contact:

Lisa Buckley, NewsBrands Ireland, 087 7779259 or