Trinity News, Ireland's oldest student newspaper has won awards in six major categories at the inaugural Oxygen National Student Media Awards (Smedias) which were hosted by Brendan O'Connor at Vicar Street, Dublin last night. Trinity News won two Smedia titles - Newspaper of the Year and Best Non-Funded Publication - while the paper's editor Ruadhán MacCormaic was presented with the Smedia Award for Editor of the Year and the award for most Outstanding Contribution to Campus Media. Jean O'Mahony, a features writer from Trinity News was named Journalist of the Year and Ian Russell, Trinity News photo editor was named News Photographer of the Year.
The award for Website of the Year was presented to SIN (aka Student Information Network), NUI Galway’s Student Union website. Kieran Hurley of Cork Campus Radio accepted the award for Radio Station of Year. Judge Ray D'arcy from Today FM said, "The station has been on the air since 1995 and they have gained a lot of experience over the years which was very obvious from the standard of their entry."
Journalist and broadcaster Eamon Dunphy presented the award for Sports Writer of the Year, Paul Keane from DCU's College View. Wired Weekly News from Mary Immaculate, Limerick won the Comedy category judged by Pauline McLynn. The Travel Writing Award was presented to Sean Connolly from DCU. Another DCU student, Christine Brennan also won The Photography Award. Brothers Nicky Murphy and Luke Murphy from DIT won the Smedia Award for their film script 'Dead Leg'. Film-maker Paddy Breathnach said "The winning entry had a good understanding about what a short should be and was the most cinematic of the scripts, it was tight with good believable premise, clear characters and the potential to be very funny".