INM recognised for top-class journalism at this year's NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards
Published 03/11/2016 | 16:54
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'.
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.
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.
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.