Sunday 25 August 2019

INM tops the shortlist for business journalism awards

INM journalist Fearghal O’Connor
INM journalist Fearghal O’Connor

Irish Independent staff

Business journalists from the Irish Independent, 'Sunday Independent' and independent.ie have topped the shortlist for the 2017 UCD Smurfit School Business Journalist Awards.

Journalists from INM have been shortlisted this year across five different categories: Fearghal O'Connor (Business News Story of the Year), Richard Curran (Economic Commentator/Business Analyst of the Year), Adrian Weckler (Economic Commentator/Business Analyst of the Year), Gretchen Friemann (Business Interview of the Year), Amy Molloy (Upcoming Journalist) and Adrian Weckler (Technology Reporter of the Year).

The Smurfit Business School awards, now in their 11th year, are run in conjunction with the Business Journalist Association of Ireland (BJAI) and are sponsored by Open Eir.

INM journalists are shortlisted for six awards, compared to five for the 'Irish Times', four for the 'Sunday Business Post' and three each for RTE and the 'Sunday Times'.

The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony at The Westbury Hotel on December 4, with each category winner receiving a €1,000 cash prize.

The awards are adjudicated by an independent panel of judges comprising business, journalism, economic and academic leaders.

Commenting on the announcement of the awards shortlist, Professor Anthony Brabazon, Dean, UCD Business said: "In arriving at this year's shortlist, the judges reviewed over 100 entries covering a panoply of business, financial and economic issues that impact both business and society.

"The breadth of content assessed by the panel of judges highlights the range of issues Irish business journalists report on and analyse in a variety of formats - be it print, broadcast or online. The judges continue to be impressed by journalists' ability to assimilate and convey complex information, in particular under the relentless pressure to produce content at such pace to satisfy the public's appetite for news in the information age."

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