The awards are open to all broadcasters, journalists and writers in both the Republic and Northern Ireland who contribute to broadcast, print and online media on business, economic and financial issues. Eligible media include: newspapers; radio; television; magazines; newsletters and bulletins; commercial electronic media, including blog articles; podcasts and online video; published in Ireland and Irish editions of UK publications.

  1. Entries can be in the form of articles, editorials, features or comment pieces in print, online or business content in broadcast format.
  2. Entrants must complete the online application form.
  3. Articles must have been first broadcast or published between 9th September 2020 and 8th September 2021.
  4. Entrants may enter each category only once; entrants may enter more than one category up to a maximum of three.
  5. Entrants may not submit the same piece in multiple categories. It is not permitted to win more than one category with the same piece.
  6. Stories/pieces created by 2 journalists can be entered jointly and the prize will the split. If the entry is on behalf of a team (3 people or more), the team must nominate one person whom they wish to accept the award for the team. The prize to be shared among the winning members. 
  7. With the exception of Specialist Business Reporter (Category D) and Upcoming Journalist (Category F), entrants are only permitted to submit one story/piece per category.
  8. By submitting entries the entrant consents to the reprinting / duplication of their entry or entries by UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, its servants or agents. The entrant also gives permission to the School, its servants or agents to use the entrant’s name and entry or entries for promotional purposes.
  9. Judges reserve the right to move entries into other categories which they deem more appropriate. Shortlisting will take place in October 2021 and shortlisted entrants will be notified by the end November 2021.
  10. The deadline for submission of entries is Monday 13th September at 1pm. Any entries received after this date will not be accepted.
  11. All shortlisted entrants will be invited to a virtual awards ceremony in December 2021 where the winners will be revealed.
  12. The judges may, in the interest of clarity or fairness, amend the terms and conditions and, on publication of same, entrants will be bound by the revised terms and conditions.
  13. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Judges reserve the right not to make an award if they decide that entries in any category are not worthy. 

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