Irish Times journalists pick up 30 nominations in journalism awards

Awards are spread out over 14 categories

Irish Times journalists have been nominated for awards in 14 categories in the Newsbrands Journalism awards.

The newspaper and website received a total of 30 nominations, across categories such as political journalist of the year, broadsheet columnist of the year and broadsheet sportswriter of the year.

Irish Times video journalists also made the shortlist, with Kathleen Harris and Enda O'Dowd nominated for their work, and the podcast team were nominated for the Women's Podcast and Inside Politics.

Malachy Clerkin and Keith Duggan were both nominated in the broadsheet sports journalist category, with Joe Brennan picking up two nominations for business journalist of the year and the "scoop of the year" award.


Jack Power was nominated in the investigative journalist category and the young journalist section. The paper also received five of the six nominations in the foreign journalist category, and was nominated for best digital news coverage for

The awards programme, which is sponsored by the National Lottery, celebrates the best in Irish journalism over the past year, with 23 categories covering work published in print, online, video or audio from any NewsBrands Ireland member title.

The Irish Times won in 10 of the 25 categories at the 2020 awards and took home the top prize with its Lives Lost series.

Former Irish Examiner editor Tim Vaughan is chairing the independent judging panel for the 2021 awards.

Chief executive of NewsBrands Ann-Marie Lenihan said the annual awards are an "important showcase" for agenda-setting journalism that is in the public interest.

“The shortlisted entries reflect a remarkable year of brilliant journalism produced by our member news publishers. Our members produce a diverse array of journalism with different audiences and views, but all share a commitment to responsible journalism whose reason for being is to probe, to inform, to educate, and to entertain.”

The awards ceremony will be held in November.

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien

Ciara O'Brien is an Irish Times business and technology journalist