Monday 5 December 2016

Independent business journalists nominated for awards

Published 15/11/2016 | 12:57

Three Independent News & Media journalist have been shortlisted for the annual UCD Smurfit School Business Journalist Awards.

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Irish Independent business editor Donal O’Donovan is shortlisted in the economic commentator / business analyst of the year category, John Mulligan,  senior business reporter with the Irish Independent is shortlisted in the specialist business reporter category for his coverage of the aviation sector, and Sunday Independent business journalist Simon Rowe has been shortlisted for business feature of the year.

The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School awards are now in their 10th year, and are run in conjunction with the Business Journalist Association of Ireland (BJAI) and sponsored by Open Eir.

The purpose of the awards scheme is to honour excellence in Irish business journalism across the media spectrum, with entries submitted by nominees themselves or on behalf of journalists by editors or peers and are adjudicated by an independent panel of judges comprising business, journalism, economic and academic leaders.

Commenting on the awards, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD College of Business said:

“This year saw a record number of entries and, once again, the standard of writing and analysis was of an exceptional standard. The shortlist reflects a body of work which contributes to our collective understanding of important business, financial and economic issues that shape our lives,” said, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, dean of UCD College of Business.

Carolan Lennon, managing director, Open Eir, awards sponsor and member of the judging panel added: “I congratulate all shortlisted journalists for this year’s awards. The standard of journalism each year continues to impress the judging panel with its insight, analysis and writing that informs the public on key issues of the day.”                                                                                                    

Since its launch, the UCD Smurfit School Business Journalist Awards scheme has received over 1,000 entries from business journalists across print, broadcast and online media outlets in Ireland. The winner in each category will be honoured at an awards ceremony at The Shelbourne Hotel on Monday, December 5 with each category winner receiving a €1,000 cash prize.

In addition to the seven categories above, an Outstanding Achievement Award will be announced at the awards ceremony. This honorary award recognises a journalist who, throughout his or her career, has enhanced the understanding of business in Ireland and inspired others during their career. The previous winners of this award were: Matt Cooper, Richard Curran, Frank Fitzgibbon, Brendan Keenan, Damien Kiberd, and Cliff Taylor.

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