It's that time again...a little later than normal but we hope you're ready to start submitting your entries for the 2021 IRN Awards in association with Sky News.
2020 was dominated by the global coronavirus pandemic and its impact on our lives. The US Presidential election, Brexit and the Black Lives Matter movement also featured heavily on our agendas and although it was a challenging 12 months, there were sprinkles of uplifting stories, features, interviews, and campaigns. Millions of listeners have relied on commercial radio for trusted news and information at a time when clarity and accuracy have never been more important so it's time to recognise the incredible achievements of news teams across the UK by celebrating the successes of last year at the 2021 IRN Awards in association with Sky News!
There are 12 categories:
News Team of the Year (hubs or stations over 1.5M TSA)
News Team of the Year (hubs or stations under 1.5M TSA)
Best News Special or Feature
Campaigning Journalism Award
Reporter of the Year (over 1.5M TSA)
Reporter of the Year (under 1.5M TSA)
Newsreader of the Year (over 1.5M TSA)
Newsreader of the Year (under 1.5M TSA)
Best Sports Coverage
Newcomer of the Year
Student Journalist of the Year - supported by the BJTC
We will also present the IRN Gold Award to an outstanding individual judged to be worthy of recognition for a consistently high contribution to news and/or sport in UK commercial radio. This category cannot be entered but suggestions for recipients can be emailed to email@example.com.
IRN Awards entry is free but only open to teams and individuals working at IRN Newslink client stations - except for the Student Journalist of the Year category - and the entry must comprise material recorded originally between 1st January 2020 and 31st December 2020.
The entry deadline for all categories was 5pm, Thursday 22nd April 2021.
The ceremony itself is scheduled to take place on Thursday 15th July 2021, and we’ll share more information on the event in the coming months.