Murdered reporter Lyra McKee honoured at Regional Press Awards

Murdered journalist Lyra McKee was honoured posthumously at today’s Regional Press Awards where the industry came together to recognise excellence in journalism.

Lyra’s mother Joan McKee and sister Nichola Corner attended the awards lunch in the heart of London to accept the Journalists’ Charity Award on her behalf.

The award, is in the gift of the charity, recognises a journalist or organisation who has made a significant contribution to the industry. Lyra was shot and killed while reporting on rioting in Derry/Londonderry a month ago aged just 29.

Her death caused outrage around the world, and prompted politicians to begin talks on how to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland.

Lura McKee’s sister Nichola Corner speaks to the Regional Press Awards lunch

Lyra’s sister Nichola told the 300 journalists attending today’s awards that she hoped those in the room would pick up Lyra’s baton and continue to tell the stories that need to be told.

Society of Editors executive director Ian Murray said the award for Lyra recognised her achievements during her short career, but also highlighted the risks that journalists even at local level take in bringing news to their communities.