Leading the way: University of Limerick students up for national media awards

Record number of nominations for journalism course

Peter Corbett


Peter Corbett

Leading the way: University of Limerick students up for national media awards

Jennifer Purcell, nominated in two categories and below, John Keogh, nominated for Sports Writer of the Year

TWO UL journalism students who worked in the Limerick Leader are among those nominated for a host of national media awards.

Jennifer Purcell and John Keogh, who worked in this newspaper for six month stints, are among those nominated in 10 categories at the National Student Media Awards - a record number of nominations for UL.

The Limerick Voice newspaper and website produced by the fourth year and MA in Journalism and New Media classes which was distributed with the Limerick Leader, received three separate nominations, while editor Michelle Hogan was also nominated.

MA in Journalism and New Media student Daniel Keating is in contention for the Young Journalist of the Year - National Press title. One of his stories, featuring in the Limerick Voice, highlighted the number of Limerick school children living in B&B accommodation.

UL journalism students are represented in a number of other categories including Paul Saunders for journalist of the year for his work with campus newspaper An Focal, while Andrew Roberts is nominated for film script of the year and ULFM was also nominated for an award.

UL journalism lecturer Kathryn Hayes, who oversaw the production of the Limerick Voice newspaper in 2016, said it was wonderful to see so many journalism students recognised with nominations for the Smedias, which are judged by key media industry leaders.

“Investigative journalism was to the fore of this year’s edition of Limerick Voice and these nominations vindicate the quality of work that was undertaken and the level of journalistic skills demonstrated in producing such high class worthy journalism,” she said.

“The expanded digital and online presence of Limerick Voice enhances journalistic skills and increases students’ employability opportunities due to the real world experience gained during this project,” Ms Hayes added.

UL Journalism subject leader Dr Fergal Quinn congratulated the nominees.

“We are thrilled to have seen our students do so well in the Smedia awards this year,” he said.

“For a small programme to have nominees in 10 categories is truly impressive.

“These nominations are testament to our student's dedication and talent, and also to the brilliant edition of the Limerick Voice overseen by Kathryn Hayes this year. Well done to all involved,” he added.

Jennifer Purcell was nominated in two categories - for Features Writer of the Year – News and Current Affairs and for Short Story of the Year, while John Keogh was nominated for Sports Writer of the Year.

The awards take place at the Aviva in Dublin on April 6.