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Claire Grady becomes new chair of NewsBrands Journalism Awards judging panel

Annual Journalism Awards will take place in Dublin’s Mansion House on November 17

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Claire Grady, new Chair of Journalism Awards judging panel, with Ann Marie Lenihan, CEO of NewsBrands Ireland.

Claire Grady, new Chair of Journalism Awards judging panel, with Ann Marie Lenihan, CEO of NewsBrands Ireland.

Claire Grady, new Chair of Journalism Awards judging panel, with Ann Marie Lenihan, CEO of NewsBrands Ireland.

Former Editor of the Irish Independent and Herald Claire Grady has been announced as the new chairperson of the NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards Judging Panel.

Ms Grady will preside over a panel of independent judges who will be tasked with choosing the best journalism of the past year. This year’s awards received over 800 entries across 22 categories including Digital Innovation, Video Journalism, Politics, Business, Crime, Opinion, Sports, Features, Showbiz, Podcast, Arts, Business, and Magazine.

The awards event will take place in Dublin’s Mansion House on Thursday, November 17, and will be hosted by broadcaster and journalist Matt Cooper.

The judging begins later this month, and the shortlist will be announced at the end of October. Among the members of this year’s judging panel are former editors Allan Prosser, Geraldine Kennedy, Frank Fitzgibbon, Sebastian Hamilton, and Des Gibson. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on November 17.

As the former Editor of the Irish Independent and the Herald, Ms Grady brings a wealth of experience to the judging panel. She began her career as a journalist in regional newspapers in Mayo and Dublin and worked in Independent Newspapers for almost three decades. In recent years, Ms Grady has held the role of communications manager in a public sector body.

Speaking about her role, she said: “In an era of unprecedented competition for people’s attention, news media journalists in Ireland continue to be trusted voices, telling compelling stories. The quality of entries for the Journalism Awards in recent, particularly challenging, years is a testament to the resilience and adaptability of journalists in the news media sector, and to their commitment to their craft.

“I’m honoured to be taking over from Tim Vaughan as chair of the judging panel and delighted to be playing a role in recognising the best of Irish journalism.”

Commenting on Ms Grady’s appointment, Ann Marie Lenihan, CEO of NewsBrands Ireland said: “We’re delighted to welcome Claire as the new Judging Panel Chairperson. Claire has been a member of the independent judging panel for the past three years and as a former national newspaper editor, with more than thirty years’ experience in journalism, her experience and expertise is second to none.”

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