THE National Lottery has announced its continued sponsorship of the Local Ireland Media Awards for the next two years.
The Awards honour the talents of the hundreds of journalists, photographers, designers and advertising executives involved in producing local weekly titles, both print and digital.
Local Ireland is the voice and representative association for 45 local weekly titles across the country, offering local news to 1.5 million readers each week outside Dublin and Cork.
The Awards, are now in their fourth year, and will feature 13 categories spanning all areas and disciplines of modern journalism including news, sport, features, advertising, design and online.
This year there will be a special National Lottery category. This will be for the journalist or newspaper that has given the best coverage to a community issue.
The Awards dinner takes place in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Athlone on Thursday May 23rd.
Commenting on the launch of this year’s Local Ireland Media Awards, Frank Mulrennan, president, Local Ireland, said: ‘The past year has seen some extraordinary developments in society and politics, despite all this change local newspaper readers know that they can rely on and trust the content in their local paper.’ The overall Journalist of the Year winner will be chosen by the judging panel from among the individual category winners.
Dermot Griffin, chief executive of the National Lottery, said: ‘Local newspapers have been a very important vehicle to remind our players that by playing National Lottery games they are also supporting projects all over the country through our Good Causes fund.
He pointed out that: ‘Almost 30 cent in every euro spent on our games goes back in the areas of health, sport, arts, culture, heritage, youth, community and the Irish language.’
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