Independent scoops business awards
THE Irish Independent scooped two awards at the 11th annual UCD Smurfit School Business Journalist Awards yesterday.
Gretchen Friemann, Senior Business Correspondent for the Irish Independent, won Business Interview of the Year for her interview with Permanent TSB CEO Jeremy Masding.
INM Technology Editor Adrian Weckler won Technology Reporter of the Year at the awards, sponsored by open eir, for his investigative work into the dark web.
For the first time, a female journalist won the Outstanding Achievement Award.
This was presented to Ingrid Miley, RTÉ's Industry Correspondent, for her contribution to business journalism across both radio and television in a career spanning almost 40 years.
The Smurfit Awards are run in conjunction with the Business Journalists Association of Ireland, whose chair is Irish Independent Business Editor Donal O'Donovan.
INM Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae extended his congratulations to the winners and paid tribute to INM's business team led by Group Business Editor Dearbhail McDonald.
"INM is committed to providing the highest quality business coverage and these awards, recognising excellence within the business team, acknowledge that commitment," said Mr Rae.
Other winners included Mark Paul and Ciaran Hancock of 'The Irish Times' for Business Story of the Year; Brian Carey of 'The Sunday Times' for business analyst; Ian Kehoe of the 'Sunday Business Post/RTÉ' for his TV documentary about vulture funds; Mark Tighe of 'The Sunday Times' who won Specialist Business Reporter and Peter O'Dwyer, Ireland Edition of 'The Times' who won Upcoming Reporter of the Year.
'Breathtaking' and 'exceptional'
Business Interview of the Year: The judges described Gretchen Friemann's interview with Permanent TSB CEO Jeremy Masding as "an extraordinary piece which captured the subject's emotion and the journalist's insight in a breathtaking fashion".
Technology Reporter of the Year: The judges described Adrian Weckler's article 'You are now entering the Dark Web' as "exceptional journalism - and unputdownable".