Planning media prize for 'Irish Independent'
The Irish Independent has received a prestigious national planning award for its 'Future Proof - Planning Where We Live' series.
Environment Editor Paul Melia and Political Correspondent Philip Ryan were awarded a Planning and Media Communications award at the Irish Planning Institute's annual awards ceremony in Dublin Castle last night.
Judges said the series, which ran in the Irish Independent for seven days with online polls, video and social media engagement on independent.ie, broke down complex issues and presented them in a manner which could be easily understood by the general public, "enabling them to contribute to the debate on planning in an informed manner".
It used data from the Department of the Environment, which allowed users to see the land zoned in their area for housing purposes.
The judges commended the series as "robust and factual", adding that use of polls and social media was "particularly useful" in engaging readers.
"The level of reader engagement showed that quality journalism can effect change in policy and attitudes for the better," they added. The series is available at www.independent.ie/futureproof.