'Trinity News' scoops top media awards


TRINITY COLLEGE Dublin’s student paper, Trinity News, collected some of the top prizes at the national student media awards last night.

Trinity News was awarded newspaper of the year in the category judged by managing editor of The Irish Times Eoin McVey.

The awards, known as the “3 Smedias” after sponsor 3 Mobile, are organised by Oxygen.ie. The editor of Trinity News, Martin McKenna, was also presented with the editor of the year award. DCU’s Michael McHale was named journalist of the year for his work in The College View, while Stephen Mangan, also of DCU, was sports writer of the year.

Trinity’s John Lavelle was awarded the journalist of the year prize for his national press work. Among the features writers, UCD’s Sebastian Clare took the award in the arts and pop culture section for his contributions to the College Tribune.

In the education section, the winner was Rob Lowney of UCD’s the University Observer, while his colleague Peter Molloy triumphed in the news and current affairs field.

Travel writer of the year was Noel Connolly of Trinity News and colour writer of the year was Michael Armstrong, also of Trinity News.

The Trinity Ball Guide (TCD) was named as magazine of the year, with the prize going to Gearóid O’Rourke and Caitríona Grey. The winner in the society publication of the year category was Gareth McGreevy of Queen’s University Belfast for his work on The Verdict. Mark Coughlan, editor of the Ballyfermot Press at Ballyfermot College of Further Education (BCFE), collected the small college publication of the year, while Jenny McKinley, editor of Lust Magazine, from the Letterkenny Institute of Technology, took the “people’s choice” prize.

Film script of the year went to BCFE’s Mark Fischer for Gospel, while the prize for best short film went to Rouzbeh Rashidi of DIT Aungier Street.

Caoimhín Ó Cúinn of NUI Galway won two awards in the TV production categories and Tom Byrne of Griffith College Dublin was named best TV journalist.

Other winners included Trinity’s Lisa Ní Shuairc for journalism done through Irish and NUI Galway’s Flirt FM for radio production. Agnieszka Bernacka, Griffith College, took the website of the year award and Gav Reilly of UCD was web designer of the year. The award-winning photographers included DIT’s Peter Murray, Ronan Johns and Rob O’Connor.