Kelner for journalism awards

Simon Kelner

Former editor of the London Independent Simon Kelner will be the guest speaker at the National Newspapers of Ireland (NNI) first journalism awards at the end of next month. Kelner, 53, became editor of the Independent in 1998 and served as editor, editor-in-chief and for a short time was the newspaper’s managing director.

During his tenure, he turned the newspaper from a broadsheet to a compact/tabloid, a move which was copied by 55 other titles around the world. He introduced single issue, poster-style front pages, which coined the term ‘viewspaper’, and launched the Independent‘s sister title, i, regarded as a groundbreaking move.

Kelner spent 13 years at the Independent, during which time he was twice editor of the year and the title was voted newspaper of the year. He was also editor of the Sunday Correspondent and editor of the Observer Sports magazine. Today is the closing date for the NNI journalism awards, to be announced on October 27.

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