Reporters from Limerick scoop three student media awards

Jess Casey


Jess Casey


Reporters from Limerick scoop three student media awards

Frances Watkins, Emil Trahan and Ivan Smyth at the ceremony  Picture: Mingyang Pang

JOURNALISM students at the University of Limerick scooped three awards at the National Student Media Awards.

The National Student Media Awards, or the Smedias, is the largest competition of its kind in Ireland dedicated to recognising the next generation of media talent.

Open to students across Ireland, the awards are judged by media industry leaders like Mark Hennessey, of The Irish Times, and Fionnan Sheahan, of the Irish Independent.

“This is the third consecutive year that our students have secured top awards and the second year they have come home with three awards,” said Kathryn Hayes, course director of the BA in Journalism and New Media programme at UL. 

UL received 17 nominations this year, she added. 

Limerick Voice, a newspaper produced by masters and fourth year UL students and published by the Limerick Leader, won the award for Best Layout and Design while An Focal, UL’s student publication, was named Website of the Year.

Final year Journalism and New Media student Emil Trahan won the award for Best Radio Production for his radio package on sex education in Ireland and how it is taught in schools.

Mary Immaculate College (MIC) and the Limerick College of Further Education (LCFE) students were also recognised at this year’s Smedias. 

LCFE student Peter Guckian was nominated in the Sports Writer of the Year category. Lee O’Hare was nominated in both the Sports Photographer of the Year and Photographer of the Year categories. Jude McInerney and Tommy Barrett from MIC were also nominated for Radio DJ of the Year.