Awards success for The Detail journalists

Kathryn Torney and Niall McCracken with their CIPR 2012 awards

Kathryn Torney and Niall McCracken with their CIPR 2012 awards

THE Detail journalists have scored another major success with Kathryn Torney gaining an honourable mention at the inaugural World Data Journalism Awards in Paris.

Kathryn’s success follows Niall McCracken’s award for his investigative work at Northern Ireland’s annual media prize-giving.

Only one of six of the Data Journalism awards went to a UK outlet – The Guardian – and honourable mentions, the equivalent to runner-up awards, went to three: two to the BBC nationally and one to The Detail for Kathryn’s study of ambulance response times.

Meanwhile Niall was declared Newcomer of the Year at the 2012 Coca-Cola CIPR Media Awards in Belfast’s Europa Hotel in may 2012. The award is presented in memory of Martin O’Hagan, the Sunday World journalist who was murdered by loyalist paramilitaries in 2001.

Niall’s submission included his pieces on dementia and the inquiry into hospital fluid-related deaths of children here.

The judges’ citation said: “Niall McCracken has exemplified the best traditions of investigative journalism and used the latest production techniques to get this stories over to the most number of people.

“He dug deep and revealed scandals in dementia and adult care and was clear and concise in his delivery. A talent to be watched.”