Friday 23 August 2019

INM journalists scoop top spot in six categories at NewsBrands Ireland journalism awards

NNI News Reporter of the Year Conor Feehan
NNI News Reporter of the Year Conor Feehan
Ryan Nugent

Ryan Nugent

INM’s journalists topped the pile in six categories at this year’s NewsBrands Ireland journalism awards.

Irish Independent political correspondent, Niall O’Connor scooped the Young Journalist of the Year award, with his colleague Conor Feehan landing a richly deserved News Reporter of the Year gong at a ceremony at Dublin’s Mansion House.

Business Story of the YearJohn Meagher, Irish Independent Picture Andres Poveda
Business Story of the YearJohn Meagher, Irish Independent Picture Andres Poveda

Feature writer John Meagher was awarded Business Story of the Year.

Meanwhile, sports writer, Martin Breheny was awarded with Sports Story of the Year for his interview with former Mayo GAA managers, Pat Holmes and Noel Connelly, about a players revolt that led to their departure from the team.

Lynda McCarthy of the Sunday World was awarded with Popular Columnist of the Year.

And The Sligo Champion's Sorcha Crowley picked up Regional Journalist of the Year.

Speaking before the awards, sponsored by the National Lottery, Communications Minister Denis Naughten spoke of newspapers grappling with the growing importance of online media platforms.

Mr Naughten said traditional media is even more important in the modern day with the rise of ‘fake news’ sources.

“The problems posed by fake news will only be combated by a discerning readership, the expansion of traditional media news standards and quality journalism,” he said.

“The best way to deal with fake news is to support reliable content which is relevant and provides a trusted reference point for Irish audience, both local and national,” he added.

Following the ceremony, Niall O’Connor said it is important to keep remembering why journalists do their job.

He said the work undertaken by those bravest, such as Veronica Guerin and Maltese journalist, Daphne Caruana, who was killed a fortnight ago are reasons for journalists to keep working.

"It does spur you on to try and show the sort of courage that the likes of Veronica Guerin, the likes of Daphne Caruana, the likes of James Foley who was beheaded in Syria," he said.

"They're the stories that make you want to continue to want to work in an industry that is difficult," he added.

Conor Feehan commended his editors for giving him the platform to do his job every day.

"I'm grateful to work for a newspaper that allows me to get up early every morning and talk to real people from real situations and they're the stories that matter," he said.

"It's my honour to meet with them every day of the week and try to get their stories across," he added.

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