Slugger Awards: Journalist of the Year…

This is open to all journalists who have contributed to the political health of Northern Ireland, whether writing for any of the local newspapers, nationals, or working as a freelancer. The last year has been a tough for purveyors of political news: not least since for 150 days plus last year that the Executive did not actually sit.

It’s been a frugal year for politics, when journalists have had to be resourceful and begin to find ways to educate their audiences about what representative democracy entails. Not just here but also at Westminster, and perhaps most notably in the year of European elections.So who has helped throw light onto an increasing complex and at times arcane political set up? Asking tough questions is part of it, yes. But who was it who brought clear and accurate stories and/or analysis?

With your nominations, please try to include:

  1. His or her best qualities as a journalist?
  2. What you think they have achieved in the last 12 months?
  3. Why they came ahead of the rest of the field?

You can make your nominations beliw. Be as expansive as you wish, so we can make the best pitch possible to both the reader and judges panels who may not be as familiar as you with your favoured candidate. Remember these are nominations. The pressure is to determine who is best, rather than the worst…

Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty