Travel writer walks away with top prize
The Irish Independent won a top prize last night at one of the world's most prestigious journalism festivals.
Scooping an award for best writing at the International Journalism Festival in the Italian city of Perugia, the travel section of the 'Weekend' magazine beat off competition from publications in the US, Britain and Australia, including 'The New York Times', 'National Geographic' and the 'Daily Telegraph'.
The winning story, an article about a journey through Umbria in Italy, was written by travel editor Gemma O'Doherty, pictured with her award.
The week-long Journalism Festival is Italy's leading media event, with more than 400 speakers in attendance this year discussing subjects ranging from the Arab revolution to the rise of social media.
This year's keynote speakers include Peter Horrocks, head of the BBC World Service, and Pulitzer prize-winner Bill Adair.
The Irish Independent piece was "beautifully crafted and captured the essence of Umbria", the judges said.