LIMERICK colleges are producing some of the best journalists and photographers in the country, after numerous local students claimed the top spots in the national Student Media Awards.
Two students with Limerick College of Further Education claimed photography awards at a ceremony in Dublin on Thursday last, while journalism students at the University of Limerick also received awards. LCFE student Joe Gilmartin won news photographer of the year, focusing on subjects such as the Occupy movement, and Eoghan Lyons won sports photographer of the year for turning his lens on skatboarders locally, and football players in Marrakech. The college on Mulgrave Street has produced a number of award-winning photographers in recent years, who have gone on to build successful careers locally and nationally. Overall, Limerick students have 14 nominations in a wide variety of categories.
From UL, Dearbhaile Houston brought home the award for best short story, and Rowan Gallagher won the prestigious journalist of the year award in the national press category.
Also nominated was fourth year journalism and new Media student, Craig Hughes, but he triumped last week after receiving inaugural Vincent Doyle Award for Investigative Journalism, for his investigation into the under reporting of suicide by coroners in Ireland.
Tom Felle, course director, said the high number of nominations from UL again this year is evidence of the quality of their programme. “We very much took the view from day one that we wanted to produce the best young journalists in the country. Our graduates are incredibly employable, which is great because it’s a desperate time to be coming out of any programme. It’s very difficult and I think you have to be absolutely committed to this job. It has to run through your veins,” he said.