Stephanie Grogan has been honoured at the Justice media awards for her reportage from the Children’s Court. She was one of 42 journalists to receive merits and awards at a ceremony in the historic Presidents’ Hall at Blackhall Place yesterday.
98FM’s Stephanie received her merit certificate award in the broadcast court reporting category, for her report The Jobstown protests: a day in the Children’s Court. News reports from outside the Children’s Court in Smithfield where a high profile case attracted a large number of protesters.
Judges described her report as “Striking a brilliant balance between clear, informative reporting of the verdict in the case of a 17 year old, convicted of falsely imprisoning then-Tánaiste Joan Burton during the Jobstown protests, and bringing the tense and noisy atmosphere of the crowd outside the court to the listener. This reporter’s radio reports are conscientious and compelling. Excellent reporting of a divisive case.”
According to Stuart Gilhooly, President of the Law Society there were 152 entries to the awards this year – an almost 50 % increase on 2016 . He said “The Justice Media Awards are a key highlight of the year for many within both the media and legal professions.”