Our writers dominate shortlist for journalism awards
THE Irish Independent's quality and trusted journalism has seen the newspaper dominate the shortlist for the industry's leading awards ceremony.
Our reporters and commentators are to the forefront in all major categories in the National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) journalism awards shortlist.
Amongst those nominated for honours were our political and investigations team for their work on last year's presidential election. The team of Fionnan Sheahan, Cormac McQuinn, Fiach Kelly and Michael Brennan are nominated for National Journalist of the Year, the highlight of the awards ceremony.
Political Editor Fionnan Sheahan is also on the shortlist for Scoop of the Year, while Cormac McQuinn is nominated for Political Journalist of the Year.
In all, 603 entries were submitted across 18 categories and have been narrowed down to 77 nominations, with four new awards up for grabs.
The Irish Independent's leading women writers have scooped six nominations in all, with Gemma O'Doherty and Eimear Ni Bhraonain shortlisted both for Crime and Security Reporter of the Year and for Feature Writer of the Year.
Eimear Ni Bhraonain was also nominated for Political Journalist of the Year and our Legal Editor Dearbhail McDonald made the shortlist for Commentator of the Year.
Our unrivalled business coverage means that Mark Keenan and Charlie Weston have both been nominated for the title of Business Journalist of the Year. And must-read sports writer Martin Breheny is in the frame for Sports Journalist of the Year, meaning in total 10 Irish Independent writers have made the prestigious shortlist.
The free supplement commemorating the sinking of the Titanic is nominated for a 'Newspapers in Education' award.
This year's NNI Journalism Awards include four new awards: Headline of the Year; Sports Reporter of the Year; and Commentator of the Year.
In addition, a special award for 'Outstanding Contribution to the Newspaper Industry' will be presented.
Chairman of the judging panel Michael Brophy said: "The standard is once again first class and a testament to the quality and diversity of Irish newspaper journalism."