September 28, 2023

The write stuff: Kilkenny girls take top prize at National Student Media Awards

Two talented Kilkenny student scooped the top prize at a prestigious national media awards ceremony.

Aoife Kearns and Sophie Finn have been announced as winners at the 21st National Student Media Awards (Smedias).

This year’s Smedia Awards took place virtually via a YouTube and Facebook livestream and despite the global pandemic, the awards saw a 60% increase in student applicant entries.

Aoife, from Mooncoin, took home the Radio Production of the Year – Arts and Features sponsored by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). Aoife graduated from Trinity College Dublin in November and began her full-time job with WLR FM as a multi-platform journalist the morning after she handed in her final dissertation.

Kilkenny native and UCD student Sophie Finn took home the Smedia for Features Writer of the Year: News and Current Affairs sponsored by the Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS).

Sophie is a third-year Law student at UCD and is an aspiring journalist.

Hosted by, the Smedias is one of the most important dates in the student calendar. The Smedias allow students to showcase their work in Journalism, Radio and TV Production, Broadcasting and Writing to prominent figures from the Irish media industry to judge.

Aoife and Sophie were both commended for their extraordinary work in radio production and feature writing in the realm of Arts and Features by distinguished judges on a national level.


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