Newstalk’s Frank Greaney wins journalism award

Newstalk’s Courts Correspondent Frank Greaney has won a Justice Media award (JMA) for his reporting on the Belfast rape trial.

Awarded by the Law Society of Ireland, the JMAs recognise outstanding journalism that contributes to the public’s understanding of justice, the legal system and legal issues.

Reporting daily from Laganside Crown Court, Mr Greaney received particular recognition from the judges on his reporting for The Pat Kenny Show. The trial heard from 30 witnesses and lasted for 42 days.

Announcing the result, the judges noted ‘the format of a highly-skilled court reporter in conversation with one of Ireland’s most experienced broadcasters’ as being highly effective and listener-friendly while ‘retaining a very sharp focus on accuracy and balance.’

Commenting on the news, Adrian Serle, Group CEO of Communicorp said: “I am delighted to see Frank receive this recognition for his work. His skilful reporting on what was a very sensitive and demanding case gave listeners a clear understanding of the daily proceedings in Belfast.”

Speaking from the ceremony, Mr Greaney said: “I am honoured to receive this award from the Law Society of Ireland. I believe providing the public with a greater understanding of the legal system is a very important aspect of my job and I am happy to receive that recognition from the Law Society.”

The JMAs, which have been in existence since 1991, are held annually in Blackhall Place.

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