IRN AWARDS 2018 - CALL FOR ENTRIES
Calling all commercial radio news teams: It's official, radio is considered the most trusted medium in an era of fake news with 77% of people saying they trust the news they hear compared to only 15% of social media consumers.*
So how about we celebrate this success at the 2018 IRN Awards in association with Sky News? The entries for next year’s event are now open and entry forms are available online including for a new category this year – the Campaigning Journalism Award.
Terror attacks at the heart of communities in Manchester and London and the horror and lasting impact of the Grenfell Tower fire have overshadowed events of the past 12 months. The political landscape shifted slightly after a snap general election in which Theresa May lost her Commons majority making Brexit negotiations that little bit trickier.
There have been unsavoury allegations of abuse in Hollywood and Westminster, a ratcheting up of diplomatic tensions between North Korea and the West and a fascinating yet highly controversial first year in the White House for President Donald Trump.
And listeners have been super-served with local stories too. News-making interviews, high impact campaigns and investigations, and compelling and creatively presented human interest stories. All of which shows commercial radio news thriving in an era of misinformation.
So get stuck in to your audio logs, pick out your best stuff and make sure you enter the 2018 IRN Awards in Association with Sky News!
You can now enter the IRN Awards 2018 in association with Sky News in the following categories:
News Team of the Year (hubs or stations over 1M TSA)
News Team of the Year (hubs or stations under 1M TSA)
Best News Special or Feature
Campaigning Journalism Award – new for 2018
Reporter of the Year
Newsreader of the Year (over 1M TSA)
Newsreader of the Year (under 1M TSA)
Best Sports Coverage
Newcomer of the Year
Student Journalist of the Year - supported by the BJTC**
IRN Awards entry is free but only open to teams and individuals working at IRN Newslink client stations - with the exception of the Student Journalist of the Year category - and the entry must comprise material recorded originally between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2017.
The entry deadline is 5pm, Tuesday 16th January 2018.
**The deadline for the Student category only is 5pm, Tuesday 30th January 2018.
The IRN Awards 2018 will be held at Sky Cinema at Sky Central in west London on Thursday 22nd March 2018.
All the information you need is at www.irnawards.co.uk
IRN Editor & Chair of Judges
*Radiocentre report: Breaking News - How listeners value commercial radio news.
If you need some inspiration, then listen to last years winners here.