Entries soar by 50pc as Irish journalism awards return
The number of entries to Ireland's journalism awards has soared by 50pc this year, an increase which has been hailed as representative of the health of the industry.
Some 1,200 submissions have been made to the NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards, which has returned this year for the first time since 2013.
Journalists have submitted work under 25 categories, such as best crime story, best columnist and the coveted journalist of the year. Other categories included sports writer and young journalist of the year.
The awards ceremony has been scheduled to take place in Dublin's Mansion House on November 3, where prizes will be awarded in the biggest showcase of Irish journalism ever held. This year, the event has been sponsored by the National Lottery.
"Now that the awards are back, we are delighted not just by the volume of entries but by the outstanding quality of work submitted," Vincent Crowley, chairman of NewsBrands, said.
"As a snapshot of how our industry is fareing, I think a total of 1,200 entries shows the dedication and diversity that Irish journalism represents today. We are lucky to have a sponsor of the calibre of the National Lottery to help us in relaunching this key industry event.
"I wish all entrants good luck and look forward to seeing them at the awards in November."
The closing date for entries has now passed and the 32-stong judging panel has begun assessing the submissions.
The panel has been made up of national journalists and editors, under the chairmanship of John Horgan, former press ombudsman of Ireland.
Dermot Griffin, CEO of Premier Lotteries Ireland, said: "There has never been as much news produced as there is today.
"In Ireland we access more than most, so it is absolutely fitting that we recognise the men and women who work around the clock to deliver the highest quality journalism. We are delighted to be supporting the 2016 journalism awards."