NINE students at Limerick colleges were shortlisted for the 15th KBC National Student Media Awards, while a county Limerick student took home the award for colour writer of the year.
Over 400 students and members of the national media, as well as celebrities, gathered to attend the KBC ‘Smedias’, hosted by Oliver Callan, at the ceremony held in the Aviva in Dublin on Thursday night last.
Trinity College Dublin were the major winners on the night, scooping 10 awards, followed by DCU, which picked up six awards, alongside Griffith College, which also claimed six awards.
Brian Matthew Conmy, 23 year-old UCC student from Croom, took home the colour writer of the year award which was sponsored by The Sunday World.
The journalism department at UL congratulated those who had been successful in their nominations across numerous categories. Tomás Heneghan, an MA journalism student at UL, was shortlisted for journalist of the year. Fintan Walsh, a fourth year student of the BA in journalism and new media, was shortlisted for producing the best small college publication, alongside those who produced the Limerick Voice newspaper.
MA journalism students Eileesh Buckley and Tomás Heneghan were shortlisted for radio production of the year for ULFM The News Hour, in the news and current affairs category. Ms Buckley was also shortlisted in the field of sports photography.
Aedin O’Tiarnaigh was also nominated for radio production in the arts and features category for As Smacht Ag A Seacht.
Jessica Leen, a fourth year student of the BA in journalism and new media, was nominated for an RSA award for journalism relating to road safety.
Tawny Whatmore, a student of Limerick College of Further Education, was shortlisted for her short animation.
William McNamara was shortlisted for both news and sport photography, and Diarmuid O’Donovan was also shortlisted for news photography.