Date: 10 Sep 2012
Dublin, Monday, September 10, 2012. UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School has launched its 6th annual Business Journalist Awards today, in association with Investec Ireland, to honour excellence in Irish business journalism. Print, broadcast and online business journalists are invited to submit entries online at www.smurfitschool.ie/bja, before the closing date of Friday, September 28, 2012. Entries can be submitted by nominees themselves or on behalf of journalists by editors or peers. The winners of each category will be honoured at an awards ceremony in November and will each receive €1,000 prize money.
Pictured below at the launch l-r: Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, Dean UCD Smurfit School, Aisling Dodgson, Head of Treasury, Investec Ireland, Laura Noonan, Irish Independent and Chair of the Business Journalist Association of Ireland, Margaret Downes, Chair of the Judging Panel, Sam Smyth, journalist and member of the Judging Panel.
This year’s categories, which are open to journalists throughout Ireland, are:
A new award has also been announced this year, the UCD Smurfit School Alumni Choice Award, sponsored by leading business law firm Mason Hayes &Curran. More than 20,000 UCD School of Business alumni, at home and abroad, will be invited to vote for their favourite business journalist, based on the journalist’s contribution to the field over the previous 12 months. Since their inaugural launch, the Business Journalist Awards have received over 600 entries from business journalists across print, broadcast and online media outlets in Ireland. The awards are run in conjunction with the Business Journalist Association of Ireland (BJAI).
Launching the 2012 Business Journalist Awards this morning, Dean of UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, and a member of the judging panel, Professor Ciarán Ó hÓgartaigh, said, “Business journalists educate and inform their readers on a regular basis by delivering content and context that brings to light the business issues that matter to us all. Through the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School 2012 Business Journalist Awards, we wish to recognise their contribution to business and society. UCD Smurfit School is once again very proud to honour exceptional business reporting in Ireland. We are encouraging all business journalists in Ireland to go to our website to submit their entries at www.smurfitschool.ie/bja.”
Winners from 2011 included Cliff Taylor, Editor, The Sunday Business Post, who was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for his contribution to business journalism. Other winners were: Tom Lyons and Brian Carey, The Sunday Times, for Breaking Business News; Tom Molloy, Irish Independent for Economic/ Business Comment; Tom Lyons, The Sunday Times for Business Feature; John Collins, The Irish Times for Specialist Business Reporting; Una McCaffrey, The Irish Times for Business Interview; Ian Carey, Irish Daily Mail, Young Journalist of the Year; and Ian Kehoe, RTE, Business Broadcast.
Aisling Dodgson, Head of Treasury, Investec Ireland, said: “As journalist awards go, the UCD Smurfit School Business Journalist Awards are rightly considered the most illustrious journalism awards in Ireland. We are proud to associate ourselves with them and are especially proud of becoming the official sponsors for the first time this year. As one of Ireland’s leading specialist banks and asset managers, we understand the important role business journalism plays in society and the business community as a whole.”
Each entry is scrutinised by an independent panel of judges comprising business, journalism economic and academic leaders. This year’s judging panel are: Margaret Downes, Chair, Judging Panel; Emer Gilvarry, Managing Partner, Mason Hayes & Curran; Chris Glennon, former political editor, the Irish Independent; Professor Ciarán Ò’hÒgartaigh, Dean of UCD Business Schools; Sam Smyth, journalist and broadcaster; Prof. Niamh Brennan, Academic Director, Centre for Corporate Governance at UCD; Susan Daly, editor of thejournal.ie; John Travers, economic advisor and business consultant and member of UCD Smurfit School Advisory Board; and Cyril McGuire, Chief Executive Officer at Infinity Capital Limited and past CEO at Trintech Group Plc.