Panel to judge 1,400 Journalism Awards entries
An independent judging panel has been unveiled by NewsBrands Ireland for this year's Journalism Awards.
It will oversee the shortlisting of finalists and will be responsible for choosing the winners across 24 categories.
Members of the 24-strong panel include Geraldine Kennedy, former editor of the 'Irish Times', BBC correspondent Fergal Keane and the Irish Independent's former business editor Brendan Keenan.
More than 1,400 entries have been submitted.
The awards, which are sponsored by the National Lottery, will be held in Dublin's Mansion House on Thursday, November 2.
Vincent Crowley, chairman of NewsBrands Ireland, said: "The standard of journalism entered this year has been extraordinarily high and the panel will have a difficult task in agreeing on a final shortlist."
Dermot Griffin, chief executive of the National Lottery, said: "Ireland has a strong, independent media and the quality and talent that exist amongst Irish journalists are evident in the 1,400 entries that have been received for this year's awards.
"Like the National Lottery, Irish newspapers impact on every community across the country and they deserve to be supported."