SMEDIA recognition for quality journalism is in the post


first_imgNewsEducationLimerickSMEDIA recognition for quality journalism is in the postBy Editor – April 19, 2018 1310 Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous articleTen years of Choke improvNext articleLimerick farmers still trying to catch-up after extreme weather Editor Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Student Media Awards nominees Cian Reinhardt, Sports Photographer of the Year award nominee, and Simon Bourke, Journalist of the Year award nominee. Picture: Cian ReinhardtTWO trainee journalists working with the Limerick Post newspaper are in line for national media awards.Columnist Simon Bourke and social media co-ordinator Cian Reinhardt, who are mature students at the University of Limerick, have been nominated for national student media (Smedia) awards which will be presented in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on this Thursday night.Simon, who is fourth year Journalism and New Media student, is in contention for the Journalist of the Year title. Among the Kilkenny man’s entries is the story of a Limerick family’s extraordinary journey to ease the agony of terminal illness, which was  published in the Limerick Post.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Cian, who is also in his final year of the Journalism and New Media degree course,has been nominated for Sports Photographer of the Year. A native of Waterford City, he has been working with the Limerick Post for the past two yearsFor the second year running, Limerick Voice, the newspaper produced by UL journalism students has been nominated for Newspaper of the Year. Its online platform has also been nominated for Website of the Year.The largest competition of its kind in Ireland, the Smedias recognise and celebrate the next generation of media talent. Open to students from every college across Ireland, the awards are judged by key media industry leaders including  Mark Hennessey, News Editor of The Irish Times, and Fionnan Sheahan, Editor of The Irish Independent.Second and fourth year students students Mark Boylan and Ger Flanagan are both in the running for the title of Sports Writer of the Year. Their stories include features about people overcoming enormous physical disabilities to achieve greatness on the sporting fields.Babble the digital magazine produced by second year journalism students in UL has secured two nominations: Small Society Publication and Layout of the Year.Journalism student Marisa Kennedy who worked as editor of Limerick Voice 2017 said she was honoured to see the newspaper and website represented in so many categories.“I am delighted that the Limerick Voice newspaper has been nominated for three Smedia Awards with further nominations for our online editor, photos editor and two of our reporters. UL has enjoyed a high degree of success at the Smedias in recent years which is due to the continued advancement of journalism in the university and to those who work tirelessly in the department. I hope Limerick Voice will continue this successful streak next Thursday at the awards night.”UL Head of Journalism Mary Dundon congratulated all of this year’s nominees.“We are delighted to see the hard work of our journalism students being validated by national media industry figures. These nominations are a testament to our students’ dedication and talent and also to the excellent edition of the Limerick Voice overseen by Kathryn Hayes again this year. We are also thrilled to the see the online magazine, Babble, produced by our second year students and overseen by Colin McGann, nominated for two awards this year.According to UL Journalism lecturer Kathryn Hayes industry recognition for high quality journalistic skills is extremely valuable for UL journalism students going forward in their careers.“A core focus of journalism education in UL is to prepare students for the world of work and problem based or experintial learning is an intergral part of our teaching which enables students to build a portfolio which can be showcased at event’s such as the National Student Media Awards.”The UL nominations in this year’s awards include:Newspaper of the Year – Limerick VoiceSmall College/Society publication of the year – Limerick Voice and Babble MagazineLayout and Design of the Year (newspaper) – Limerick Voice.Layout and Design of the Year (magazine)  – BabbleJournalist of the Year – Simon BourkeSports Photographer of the Year – Cian ReinhardtSports Writer of the Year – Mark Boylan and  Ger FlanaganWebsite of the Year – Limerick VoiceEditor of the Year – Anna CullenSee more Limerick news here Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Advertisement Facebookcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Twitter TAGSCian ReinhardtJournalismLimerick PostLimerick VoiceSimon BourkeSMEDIAUniversity of Limerick Email WhatsApplast_img