Wednesday 21 August 2019

'She championed the under-represented' - Lyra McKee honoured at journalism awards

Murdered: Journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead as she tried to do her job reporting on riots in Derry. Photo: Reuters
Murdered: Journalist Lyra McKee was shot dead as she tried to do her job reporting on riots in Derry. Photo: Reuters

Gareth Cross

Murdered journalist Lyra McKee has been honoured at the UK Regional Press Awards.

Ms McKee was the recipient of the Journalists' Charity Award at the award ceremony at Savoy Place in London.

Her sister Nichola Corner received a standing ovation when she accepted the award on Lyra's behalf. Her mum Joan was also in attendance.

Mrs Corner said that Lyra would not be forgotten.

“Since Lyra was taken from us in the most horrific way, our family has said that her death should not be in vain and the ideals she held dearly are remembered," she said.

"We have been deeply moved by the support we have received and are very thankful that Lyra’s qualities as a person and as a committed journalist have been recognised with this special award.”

Chief Executive of the Journalists' Charity James Brindle said that Lyra's death has been a huge loss to journalism.

“What we learned about Lyra in the hours and days that followed her death showed all too clearly that we’d lost a journalist with very special qualities," he said.

“Lyra’s courage in bearing witness to violence on the streets of Derry is the type of commitment that journalists admire and hope to possess themselves.

“In addition, she championed the under-represented, gave a voice to those who weren’t being heard and held those in power to account. She reached out across the journalistic community to offer her support to people she didn’t even know - changing lives with a hand of friendship.”

Ms McKee was killed last month during rioting in the Creggan area of Derry on April 18.

Dissident republican group the New IRA have claimed responsibility for her murder.

Since Ms McKee's death her work as a journalist has been widely shared on social media.

She was published in a wide variety of publications including Mosaic, Private Eye, BuzzFeed News and the Belfast Telegraph.

Ms McKee also served as editor for Mediagazer, a news aggregator website.

In 2016 Forbes Magazine named her as one of its '30 under 30 in media'.

On Friday morning Detective Superintendent Jason Murphy appealed for the gunman who killed Ms McKee to hand himself in.

Belfast Telegraph

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