Wednesday 18 October 2017

'Independent' does the business at journalism awards

From left: John Mulligan, who was shortlisted for an award; Paul Williams, winner for the Anglo Tapes story; INM Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae; Outstanding Achievement winner Richard Curran; and Group Head of News Ian Mallon
From left: John Mulligan, who was shortlisted for an award; Paul Williams, winner for the Anglo Tapes story; INM Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae; Outstanding Achievement winner Richard Curran; and Group Head of News Ian Mallon
Sarah McCabe

Sarah McCabe

IRELAND'S best business journalism was rewarded at a function in Dublin, with Irish Independent journalists scooping two major awards.

For his Anglo Tapes revelations, Special Correspondent Paul Williams picked up the award for Breaking Business News at the UCD Michael Smurfit Business Journalism Awards.

INM columnist and former 'Dragons' Den' presenter Richard Curran was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award.

It comes just weeks after INM swept the board at the National Newspaper of Ireland Awards, where Mr Williams took the Scoop of the Year.

The groundbreaking collaboration between print and digital media commanded huge attention during the summer, revealing conversations from inside Anglo Irish Bank during the frantic days surrounding the bank guarantee.

Judges at the awards yesterday, which saw the biggest names in financial reporting gather to celebrate the best stories of the year, agreed "it was the scoop of the year" -- "the story with everything, and an impact far beyond business, into law and politics".

Run by UCD's Smurfit School, its centre for postgraduate business studies, the awards recognised excellence in business reporting across print, broadcast and online media.

The Outstanding Achievement Award given to Mr Curran is a recognition given to a journalist who has enhanced the public's understanding of business and inspired others. His career in the field spans 21 years. Accepting the award, Mr Curran said that today's youngest and newest business reporters had nothing to be afraid of, despite the changing nature of journalism.

"There will always be a market for what we do," he said.

Meanwhile, John Mulligan was nominated for the story that first told the world about Ryanair's plan to order 175 Boeing aircraft with a list price of $15.6bn (€11.6bn) -- the biggest ever order by any Irish firm.

INM Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae, who attended the awards ceremony with Group Head Of News Ian Mallon, paid tribute to the Independent's award-winners.

"The best business news has consistently been in the Independent Group and that is reflected in the awards. Business people recognise that the Independent is the place to turn for the best journalism in print and online."

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The awards were judged by editors, reporters, business people and academics, including journalist Sam Smyth, UCD Business Dean Ciaran O'hOgartaigh, broadcaster and 'Dragons' Den' investor Bobby Kerr, KPMG managing partner Shaun Murphy, and Carolan Lennon, MD of event sponsors Eircom Wholesale.

Ms Lennon said: "The crisis in banking, markets and economies in recent years has reminded us all of the need for high-quality reporting on business and economic matters of the day because of the impact they have on our daily lives."

Other winners included 'The Irish Times's Colm Keena for economic and business commentary, and RTE's Robert Shortt, who took the top prize in the Business Feature category for his reporting on tax issues.

Richard Curran and Tom Lyons took home the award for Specialist Business Reporting for their RTE programme 'Inside Irish Nationwide', while Tom Lyons was selected by UCD alumni as their business journalist of choice for his work in 'The Sunday Independent'.

Irish Independent

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