THE Irish Independent continues to lead the way in setting the news agenda, with 21 nominations for the National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) Awards.
Unsurprisingly, the Anglo Tapes revelations broken by Paul Williams have been nominated for Scoop of the Year, with Fionnan Sheahan, Paul Williams, Tom Lyons and the independent.ie team nominated in the Digital category on the same story.
It is also a contender for the new Campaign of the Year category.
In addition, Paul Williams has been nominated for News Reporter of the Year.
Tom Brady and Shane Phelan have been nominated for Crime and Security Reporter of the Year and Fiach Kelly for Political Journalist of the Year.
In the Feature Writer of the Year category, Nicola Anderson, Eoin Butler and Andrea Smith have been nominated. Miriam Donohoe (Columnist), Caitlin McBride (Young Journalist) and Jason O'Brien (Foreign Coverage) are other nominees.
In the Newspapers in Education supplement/ initiative category, the Irish Independent has nominations for Eureka Weekly Science; InTuition, and The Written Word supplements.
In the Best Headline of the Year category, the Irish Independent's: "The Emerald Oil" is a contender, while Daniel McDonnell (Sports Reporter) and Nicolas Roche with Ger Cromwell (Sports Columnist) are also nominated.
The Irish Independent has two nominations in the Best Design & Presentation award, for the Con Houlihan's Ireland magazine and the Weekend Review section.
The Lapgate story is a contender in the new Digital Award category.
There were almost 800 entries for the awards, which have been narrowed down to 121 nominations in 20 categories, judged by a panel of 16 eminent journalists.
Chairman of the panel, Michael Brophy, said they had received 40pc more entries than last year.
"Newspapers invest more in journalism than any other medium and the quality of work entered confirms the value of that investment," he said.
The winners will be revealed at a ceremony on November 7.