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-UCD Smurfit School Launches 10th Annual Business Journalist Awards-

-Prestigious Awards Sponsored by open eir-

Monday, 22nd August 2016: UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has launched the 10th Annual Business Journalist Awards today, in association with open eir, to recognise excellence in Irish business journalism. Broadcast, print and online business journalists are invited to submit entries via www.smurfitschool.ie/bja, before the closing date of Wednesday, 14th September, 2016. Entries can be submitted by nominees themselves or on behalf of journalists by editors or peers. The winner of each category will be honoured at an awards ceremony on Monday, 5th December and will receive a €1,000 prize.

This year’s categories, which are open to journalists throughout the island of Ireland, are:

Business News Story of the Year – Economic Commentator of the Year/Business Analyst of the Year –Specialist Business Reporter of the Year – Business Interview of the Year – Upcoming Journalist of the Year – Technology Reporter of the Year.  2016 sees the introduction of a new category – Business Feature of the Year.

To mark the 10th anniversary we will be announcing additional awards in the coming weeks.

Since its launch in 2007, the Business Journalist Awards has received over 1,000 entries from business journalists across broadcast, print and online media outlets in Ireland. The awards are run in conjunction with the Business Journalist Association of Ireland (BJAI).

Speaking at the launch of the Business Journalist Awards this morning, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD Business, and a member of the judging panel said:This year marks the tenth anniversary of UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School’s awards scheme which recognises the very best of business journalism in Ireland. It has, undoubtedly, been a decade which has seen contrasting fortunes in our economy. In that time business journalists have been crucial in helping society gain a real understanding of the major financial and economic issues which have shaped all our lives. It is important to recognise their individual and collective contributions again this year and, as Ireland’s leading business school, we are proud to honour those who have demonstrated true excellence in business reporting. Once again, I encourage members of the business journalism community to submit their entries to this year’s awards.”

Carolan Lennon, Managing Director, open eir, said: “open eir is delighted to sponsor the UCD Smurfit School Business Journalist Awards for the fourth year running.  Irish business journalists have the commitment, dedication and integrity required to produce credible, high quality and informed pieces of journalism across print, broadcast and online on a daily basis. This awards scheme is an important way of recognising the hard work and talents of business journalists across all media platforms.”

Each entry is scrutinised by an independent panel of judges, comprising business, journalistic, economic and academic leaders. This year’s judging panel is comprised of: Emer Gilvarry; Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran (Chair); Professor Ciarán Ó’ hÓgartaigh, Dean, UCD Business; Miriam Hughes, CEO DDFH&B Communications Group; Jon Ihle, Head of Communications at Goodbody; Professor Donncha Kavanagh, UCD Smurfit School; Carolan Lennon, Managing Director open eir; Simon McKeever, CEO of Irish Exporters Association; Joan Mulvihill, CEO at Irish Internet Association; Rodney Rice, retired broadcaster; and Christopher McKevitt, RTE.

Last year’s winners included Colin Coyle and Justine McCarthy, The Sunday Times in the Business News Story category with Brian Carey, The Sunday Times winning the award for Business Analyst. The Specialist Business Reporter award was presented to Emma Kennedy, Sunday Business Post with Jack Horgan Jones, Sunday Business Post taking the prize for Upcoming Journalist. Richard Curran of Independent News & Media was recognised in the Economic Commentator category. Emmet Ryan, Sunday Business Post won the category of Business Interview. Mark Hilliard, The Irish Times won Technology Reporter. Matt Cooper was presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award for his contribution to business journalism.

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