Not a bad idea. It’d be nice to see some of the Irish business journalists get the recognition they deserve. Some very sharp people in that part of the media. (This is open to print, radio, TV, online) Business Technology Journalist is going to be a very limited field though there are a few who I think should definitely get the gong or whatever the trophy will be.
Wednesday, September 5th, 2007; UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School today launched the inaugural Business Journalist Awards. There is a total prize fund of €12,000 available to all journalists who cover business, economic and financial issues.
Lochlann Quinn, Chair of the judging panel said, â€œBusiness journalists have a unique ability to influence business at many levels. Whether it is a positive review of an organisations new service or direction or a shadow of doubt cast on managementâ€™s ability, their reporting can and does make a difference to the landscape of Irish business. These awards are about rewarding business journalists who have made significant contributions to the understanding of business, finance and the economy in Ireland.â€
There are eight categories in total – Business News, Business Comment, Business Feature, Business Technology Journalist, Business Broadcast, Specialist Business Reporting, Regional Business Reporting and Young Journalist of the Year. The winner of each category will each receive €1,500.
The judging panel is comprised of key industry figures from the world of business and journalism and includes the Chair, Lochlann Quinn, formerly of Glen Dimplex; Gillian Bowler, Founder and Chairman of Budget Travel and Chairman of Failte Ireland; Tony Garry, CEO, Davy Stockbrokers; Fiona McHugh, Former Editor of the Sunday Times and founder of Fallon and Byrne; Aileen Oâ€™Toole, Co- founder of the Sunday Business Post and Managing Director of AMAS; Ted Harding, barrister and co-presenter of the Sunday Business Show; Vincent Wall, Former editor of Business and Finance and Director of Communications, Dublin Airport Authority; Professor Eamonn Walsh, PWC Professor of Accounting at UCD and Professor Tom Begley, Dean, UCD Business Schools.
Speaking at the launch, Professor Tom Begley, Dean of UCD School of Business and member of the judging panel said â€œThe ability to ask tough questions, provoke discussion and hold leaders accountable is fundamentally important to building excellence in business journalism. We aim to honour business reporting that enhances the understanding of business in Ireland and drives the business community in meeting its corporate and social responsibilities.â€
The closing date for entries is the 03rd October, 2007 and entry forms and conditions can be downloaded at www.smurfitschool.ie/businessjournalistawards