Simon Carswell, business journalist with The Irish Times, was presented with the nationalist journalist of the year award at the first National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) Journalism Awards in the Four Seasons hotel. Carswell was honoured for his series of reports on the financial crisis, including an exclusive interview with Anglo chief David Drumm and an article on how the bank guarantee came about.
The honour was one of 13 jounalistic awards presented across a range of categories, along with a special award made to former Irish Times editor Geraldine Kennedy for her outstanding contribution to Ireland’s newspaper industry. The full list of NNI Journalism Awards winners were as follows…
National Journalist of the Year – Simon Carswell, The Irish Times
Regional Journalist of the Year – Colette Browne, Wexford Echo
Young Journalist of the Year – Fiach Kelly, Irish Independent
Best Design & Presentation award – Irish Examiner
Feature Writer of the Year – Kathy Sheridan, The Irish Times
Business & Economics Journalist of the Year – Tom Lyons and Brian Carey, The Sunday Times
Political Journalist of the Year – Miriam Lord, The Irish Times
‘Scoop’ of the Year – Senan Molony, Irish Daily Mail – for ‘Healey Rae’
Columnist/Commentator of the Year – Martina Devlin, Irish Independent
Critic of the Year – Patrick Freyne, Evening Herald/Sunday Tribune
Sports Journalist of the Year – Kieran Shannon,Irish Examiner/Sunday Tribune
Showbiz Story of the Year – Jennifer O’Brien, Irish Sun
Newspapers in Education (NiE) award – People Newspapers ‘Transition Year project’
The awards were presented by NNI chairman and Independent Star managing director Paul Cooke and chairman of the judging panel Michael Brophy of Independent News & Media.