14/06/2010

Top Journalism Awards Presented

Three veterans of the NI media have been recognised for their years of service to the sector, including Deric Henderson of the Press Association (pictured) who has been awarded the Journalist of the Year title.

Maurice O'Neill, former Editor of the Ballymena Guardian, received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Regional Newspapers for his work in regional press over 50 years.

Ex News Letter Assistant Editor Billy Kennedy has also won a lifetime achievement award for his contribution to journalism.

Billy's award was presented for his 40 years of work on a daily Northern Ireland newspaper at this year's Coca-Cola CIPR Press and Broadcast Awards at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Friday night.

The Belfast Telegraph lifted the title for CIPR Newspaper of the Year, and the BBC's Spotlight Programme won the CIPR Scoop of the Year and the CIPR Current Affairs Programme of the Year for its Irish Robinson Investigation.

The Sunday Life picked up the award for CIPR Sunday Newspaper of the Year while The Derry News was awarded CIPR Weekly Newspaper of the Year.
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Joanne Sweeney, Chair of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Northern Ireland thanked HBC Northern Ireland for its continued generous sponsorship and support and also praised Phoenix Natural Gas, Sports Council for Northern Ireland, bmibaby, Queen's University Belfast, Belleek Living, mxbrandcom and Harrison Photography, who sponsored the Awards.

Joanne added: "The Chartered Institute of Public Relations Northern Ireland has been organising this event for 17 years as an opportunity to show local journalists that we value their work and contribution to Northern Ireland life.

"The awards represent our collective gratitude on behalf of all readers, viewers and listeners as our world would be less colourful and smaller place without our local print and broadcast media."

Congratulating the winners, Zoe Cunningham, Communications Manager for main sponsor HBC Northern Ireland paid tribute to all of the media professionals who work and report in Northern Ireland and the extremely high standards of journalism they display.

See: CIPR Journalism Awards In Full for a complete list of winners and sponsors.

(BMcC/GK)

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