The Irish Farmers Journal has been shortlisted for the news website of the year at the Newsbrands Ireland awards 2020 for its coverage of the beef protests around the country in the second half of 2019.

Irish Country Living has been nominated for the newspaper magazine of the year award for its issue published on 4 March 2020 with the front cover, ‘There’s something about Mary’.

Lorcan Allen, agribusiness editor of the Irish Farmers Journal, has been nominated for business journalist of the year for his series on ‘Larry Goodman’s €4bn business empire’ and coverage of Kerry Co-op.

Philip Doyle, picture editor at the Irish Farmers Journal, has been nominated for the best use of video award for his Way Out West video where he captured suckler farming at the Burren, Co Clare.


The awards feature a total of 24 categories spanning all areas and disciplines of modern journalism. Entry to the awards is open to any work published in print, website, online, mobile, video or audio from any NewsBrands Ireland member title.

This year saw the addition of two new categories: ‘magazine of the year’ and ‘best COVID-19 journalism’. There were over 800 entries this year.

Extraordinary year

Speaking about the awards, Newsbrands Ireland CEO Ann Marie Lenihan said: “We are delighted to continue the journalism awards in what has been an extraordinary year.

“News publishers and journalists are to be commended for the significant investment and pursuit of excellence in producing quality journalism.

"Sincere congratulations to all of those who have been shortlisted. We are also indebted to the judges who generously gave up their time to read and judge the work.

“In addition, the support of our sponsor is crucial in making the awards what they are, so thank you again to the National Lottery,” she said.

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