Thursday 23 February 2017

INM recognised for top-class journalism at this year's NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards

Jane O'Faherty

The winners onstage at the Journalsts Awards in The Mansion House.
Photo: Tony Gavin 3/11/2016
The winners onstage at the Journalsts Awards in The Mansion House. Photo: Tony Gavin 3/11/2016
Sports Story of the Year winner Vincent Hogan with Best Foreign Coverage Winner Jason O'Brien and Irish Independent Editor Fionnan Sheehan at the Journalists Awards in The Mansion House. Photo: Tony Gavin
Sports Writer of the Year, Neil Francis, Stephen Rae, Editor in Chief, INM and Sports Story of the Year winner Vincent Hogan at the Journalists Awards in The Mansion House. Photo: Tony Gavin
Vincent Crowley, Newsbrand Ireland with Best Foreign Coverage winner Jason O'Brien, Minister for Justice Francis Fitzgerald and Jenny Fisher, Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs of Premier Lotteries Ireland at the Journalists Awards in The Mansion House. Photo: Tony Gavin
The Herald team of Editor Alan Steenson, photographer Colin O'Riordan and reporter Robin Schiller
Niamh Horan
Jason O'Brien

Reporters and editors from Independent News and Media (INM) have won 11 awards in the NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards this year.

Politics, foreign coverage, crime and sport were the key areas where journalists from INM's four papers excelled at the ceremony, which was sponsored by the National Lottery.

The Sunday Independent's Jody Corcoran was named Political Journalist of the Year, while Niamh Horan claimed the prize for Political Story of the Year for her infamous interview with then Environment Minister Alan Kelly.

Independent.ie Deputy Editor Jason O'Brien  won the award for Best Foreign Coverage - it is the second time the Tipperary native has won the prize.

He scooped the prize for his special report from Nepal on how child traffickers have exploited the earthquake in the country.

The Herald took home the award for Best Front Page, which depicted photos of the gunmen involved in the Regency Hotel shootings with the headline 'Hotel Killers'.

Vincent Crowley, Newsbrand Ireland with Best Foreign Coverage winner Jason O'Brien, Minister for Justice Francis Fitzgerald and Jenny Fisher, Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs of Premier Lotteries Ireland at the Journalists Awards in The Mansion House.
Photo: Tony Gavin
Vincent Crowley, Newsbrand Ireland with Best Foreign Coverage winner Jason O'Brien, Minister for Justice Francis Fitzgerald and Jenny Fisher, Head of Legal and Regulatory Affairs of Premier Lotteries Ireland at the Journalists Awards in The Mansion House. Photo: Tony Gavin

The Herald Editor Alan Steenson was joined by reporter Robin Schiller and photographer Colin O'Riordan to collect the prize.

Nicola Tallant of the Sunday World was named Crime Journalist of the Year, while Alan Sherry earned the accolade for Crime Story of the Year.

Sports Story of the Year winner Vincent Hogan with Best Foreign Coverage Winner Jason O'Brien and Irish Independent Editor Fionnan Sheehan at the Journalists Awards in The Mansion House.
Photo: Tony Gavin
Sports Story of the Year winner Vincent Hogan with Best Foreign Coverage Winner Jason O'Brien and Irish Independent Editor Fionnan Sheehan at the Journalists Awards in The Mansion House. Photo: Tony Gavin

The entire Sunday World Crime Team claimed the 'Scoop of the Year' prize.

Patrick O'Connell, who writes for both the Sunday World and the Irish Daily Star, claimed the coveted 'News Reporter of the Year award.

Sports Writer of the Year, Neil Francis, Stephen Rae, Editor in Chief, INM and Sports Story of the Year winner Vincent Hogan at the Journalists Awards in The Mansion House.
Photo: Tony Gavin
Sports Writer of the Year, Neil Francis, Stephen Rae, Editor in Chief, INM and Sports Story of the Year winner Vincent Hogan at the Journalists Awards in The Mansion House. Photo: Tony Gavin

In sport, the Irish Independent's Vincent Hogan came out on top in the Sports Story of the Year category.

Neil Francis of the Sunday Independent won the title of Sports Writer of the Year.

Meanwhile, Paddy Murray was named 'Columnist of the Year (Popular)' for his work in the Sunday World.

Michael Clifford of the Irish Examiner won overall Journalist of the Year.

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