High standard recognised at Hybrids

The Hybrid Awards were marked by an “incredibly high standard” this year, according to Irish Independent journalist and category judge, Niall O’Connor.

The annual MPS event took place in the Heilix last Monday and presented awards to students in 23 different categories. Each category was judged by an industry professional, while local comedian and actor Eric Lalor was the evening’s host.

Hybrids were awarded for technical skill and creativity in a range of media, including radio, television, print journalism and graphic design. The first prize of the night went to Darragh McGowan, who won “Photo of the Year.”

The self-proclaimed Leonardo Di Caprio of the Hybrids, McGowan had amassed twenty nominations over his three years in DCU. He took home two awards on the night, also winning best “News/Current Affairs Radio Show of the Year,” and was “delighted after three years of work.”

“In one word, it’s surreal,” he said.

Other radio awards were picked up by “DJ of the Year”, Kevin Kelly, and radio documentary-maker Andrew Gleeson.

Several reporters for The College View received awards in the area of print, with Hayley Halpin crowned best “news and current affairs” journalist and Scout Mitchell coming out top in arts and features.

Megan Roantree was awarded both “Iriseoir na Bliana” and “Journalist of the Year,” accolades that came as a surprise to the outgoing Features Editor.

“I’m obviously not the only writer who doubts my ability and this was a major confidence boost,” she said.

“It was a shock but I’m very grateful.”

Rebecca Lumley

Image Credit: DCU MPS

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