THE Drogheda Independent has been shortlisted in two categories for the Local Ireland Media Awards.
More than 500 entries were received this year and judges spent the last few months deciding on the nominations.
The Drogheda Independent’s weekly promotional videos - hosted by journalist and former UTV Ireland and Sky News presenter Alison Comyn - proved very successful and popular and have been nominated in the “Best Use of Social Media” category. They informed the public about what the Drogheda Independent was featuring in a given week, encouraging the online viewer to purchase the paper.
The paper has also been nominated in the National Lottery Community Story of the Year. Alison Comyn told the story of “Drogheda Doll Plays Her Part” - the inspiring tale of Natalie Kelly and the work of her Facebook group - The Drogheda Dolls - and the many great causes they have gotten behind.
Mediahuis Ireland Regionals has also been nominated for its “E-Papers” - where people can get the local paper online, anywhere in the world. Mediahuis Ireland Regionals titles secured an unprecedented 12 nominations in total.
Chair of the judging panel Áine Kerr said: “Over the last two years when the world felt chaotic and unpredictable, what was consistent and stable in people’s everyday lives was their local newspaper.
"This year’s nominees demonstrate the capacity of local Irish newspapers to rise to meet unprecedented challenges and provide public service-driven and quality journalism. The nominees represent the very best of local Irish journalism today.”
The awards, which are sponsored by the National Lottery, will be held on Thursday November 11th at Bloomfield House Hotel, near Mullingar.
National Lottery Chief Executive Officer Andrew Algeo said: “At the National Lottery, we are incredibly proud of our association with the Local Ireland Media Awards which continue to recognise the important role of local journalism in our society.
“Local media in Ireland has a long and proud tradition of producing trusted and outstanding journalists and these awards rightly recognise these journalists and their colleagues who perform a vital public service through ground-breaking reporting at a time when we need it most.
“This is our fourth year of sponsorship for the Local Ireland Awards and we are particularly honoured to be judging our own special award for the Best Community Story.”
The awards will be presented on the night by the President of Local Ireland, Declan McGuire of the Connacht Tribune.