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Shortlist revealed for Scottish Press Awards

The shortlist for the 43rd Scottish Press Awards was announced yesterday, recognising excellence across national, regional and digital journalism from across the country.

Shortlist revealed for Scottish Press Awards
The awards ceremony and dinner will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central on Wednesday 21 September 2022. Photograph: By Jason Leung on Unsplash

This year’s judging panel was led by Denise West - previous managing director of Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail Ltd, and chief commercial officer of DC Thomson Media.

Denise was joined by 36 independent judges - which comprised 21 women and 15 men - from across the Scottish media, communications, and public affairs industries.

Denise West, chair of the Scottish Press Awards judges, said: “2021 was every bit as challenging for the Scottish Press as 2020, but the hard-won government investment gave publishers and editors a solid base on which to keep the public properly informed. The evidence from this year’s Scottish Press Awards entries is that Scotland’s journalists continued to meet and exceed the challenge with customary style and passion.

“Rising costs meant difficulties in the immediate future are undiminished, but so too is the commitment from Scotland’s journalists to maintain the supply of trusted, quality news flowing nationally and locally.

“As never before, the role of the press in holding the powerful to account is badly needed, and while the judges face a daunting task to select winners from some superb entries, we congratulate everyone in the industry, not just our finalists.”

The awards ceremony and dinner, organised by the Scottish Newspaper Society, will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central on Wednesday 21 September 2022.

The shortlist is as follows:

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Stephen Gallacher, The Sunday Post

Alice Hinds, The Sunday Post

Teddy Jamieson, The Herald Magazine

Neil Mackay, The Herald, Herald on Sunday

Iain Smith, Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser

BEST COVERAGE OF A LIVE EVENT

Jack Aitchison, The Herald - Scottish Election Results

Connor Boylan, The Scottish Sun - Kilmarnock Stabbings

Jennifer Jones, Ayr Advertiser - Kincaidston Explosion

Gillian Loney, Glasgow Live - Kenmure Street Protests

Stacey Mullen, The Glasgow Times - Kenmure Street Protests

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Daily Record, Help Us Save Lives

Daily Record, Sturgeon's War Chest

Scotland on Sunday, Support our Libraries

Scottish Daily Mail, Secret Scotland

Sunday Mail, Annie's Campaign

The Sunday Post, Shaming

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Edrington

Jonathan Brocklebank, Scottish Daily Mail

Catherine Deveney, Press and Journal

Alex Massie, The Times Scotland, The Sunday Times Scotland

Euan McColm, Scotland on Sunday

Melanie Reid, The Times Scotland

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Glenmorangie

Emma Cowing, Scottish Daily Mail

Dani Garavelli, Scotland on Sunday

Patricia Kane, Scottish Mail on Sunday

Neil Mackay, The Herald, Herald on Sunday

John MacLeod, Scottish Daily Mail

Jean West, The Sunday Times Scotland

FINANCIAL BUSINESS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Royal Bank of Scotland

Greig Cameron, The Times Scotland

Brian Donnelly, The Herald

Kristy Dorsey, The Herald

Martyn McLaughlin, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday

Peter Ranscombe, Scottish Field

FOOD AND DRINK WRITER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Diageo

Joanna Blythman, The Herald

Murray Chalmers, The Courier

Emma Cowing, Scottish Daily Mail

Ron MacKenna, The Herald Magazine

Chitra Ramaswamy, The Times Scotland

Catriona Thomson, The Scotsman

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR

The Courier

The Scottish Sun

The Scottish Sun on Sunday

The Sunday Post

Wishaw Press

INTERVIEWER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Event Consultants Scotland

Jonathan Brocklebank, Scottish Daily Mail

Heather Dewar, Scottish Daily Mail

Georgia Edkins, Scottish Mail on Sunday

Stephen Eighteen, The Courier

Teddy Jamieson, The Herald Magazine

JOURNALISM TEAM OF THE YEAR

DC Thomson, WW1 Memorial

Sunday Mail, COP26

The Ferret with The Herald, Who Runs Scotland

The Sunday Post, COP26

The Sunday Post, Afghanistan

LOCAL/WEEKLY CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Greenock Telegraph, Time to Talk

Press and Journal, Beach Clean

Press and Journal, Big Christmas Appeal

The Glasgow Times, Save our Venues

The Glasgow Times, Bank on Us

LOCAL/WEEKLY FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

Michael Alexander, The Courier Weekend Magazine

Neil Drysdale, Press and Journal

Craig Munro, Press and Journal

Christina O'Neill, Glasgow Live

Niki Tennant, Hamilton Advertiser, Ayrshire and Coatbridge Advertiser,

Wishaw Press

LOCAL/WEEKLY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Dale Haslam, Press and Journal, Evening Express, The Courier, Evening

Telegraph

Jennifer Jones, Ardossan Herald, Irvine Times

Sean O'Neil, The Courier, Press and Journal

Christina O'Neill, Glasgow Live

Stewart Paterson, The Glasgow Times

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by VisitScotland

Jane Barlow, Press Association

Mhairi Edwards, The Courier and Evening Telegraph

Andrew Milligan, PA Media

Jeff Mitchell, Getty Images

Victoria Stewart, Daily Record

NEWS WEBSITE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Amazon

dailyrecord.co.uk

Glasgow Live

The Glasgow Times

The Courier

The Scotsman

NICOLA BARRY AWARD

Sponsored by Woman in Journalism Scotland

Shona Craven, The National

Heather Dewar, Scottish Daily Mail

Sandra Dick, The Herald, The Herald on Sunday

Marion Scott, The Sunday Post

Alex Watson, Press and Journal

PODCAST OF THE YEAR

Alastair Brian, The Ferret / The FFS Show Podcast

Kelly Crichton, The Scotsman - Scran

Chris Phin, The Courier - The Stooshie

Chris Phin, The Courier - Talking Football

Brian Taylor, The Herald

POLITICAL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by The Law Society Scotland

Michael Blackley, Scottish Daily Mail

Paul Hutcheon, Daily Record

Conor Matchett, The Scotsman

Chris Musson, The Scottish Sun

Hannah Rodger, The Herald

REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Openreach

Vivienne Aitken, Daily Record

Gabriella Bennett, The Times Scotland

John Ferguson, Sunday Mail

Neil Mackay, The Herald, Herald on Sunday

Marion Scott, The Sunday Post

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

Gabriella Bennett, The Times Scotland

Annie Brown, Daily Record

John Ferguson, Sunday Mail

Susan Lochrie, Greenock Telegraph

Conor Matchett, The Scotsman

SPECIALIST REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Lindsay Bruce, Press and Journal

Rory Cassidy, Daily Record

Jane Hamilton, Daily Record

Helen McArdle, The Herald

Martyn McLaughlin, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday

SPORTS COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR

Michael Grant, The Times Scotland

Gary Keown, Scottish Mail on Sunday

Stephen McGowan, Scottish Daily Mail

Alastair Reid, The Times Scotland

Aidan Smith, The Scotsman

SPORTS FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

Heather Dewar, Scottish Daily Mail

Michael Grant, The Times Scotland

Alan Pattullo, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday

Rob Robertson, Scottish Daily Mail

Aidan Smith, The Scotsman

SPORTS NEWS WRITER OF THE YEAR

Heather Dewar, Scottish Daily Mail

Robert Grieve, The Scottish Sun

Scott McDermott, Sunday Mail

Stephen McGowan, Scottish Daily Mail

Mark Palmer, The Times Scotland, The Sunday Times Scotland

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Michael Gillen, The Falkirk Herald

James Gunn, John O'Groat Journal, Caithness Courier

Ian MacNicol, Getty Images

Wullie Marr, Press and Journal and Evening Express

Andrew Milligan, PA Media

STUDENT OF THE YEAR

Amy Canavan, ENRG Sport, The Celtic Way

Gemma Murphy, The Strathclyde Telegraph

Erin Rizzato Devlin, SHOT Magazine, Rabble Review, Qmunicate

Daniella Theis, Strathclyde Telegraph

Ava Whyte, The Glasgow Times, Clydebank Post

TRAVEL WRITER OF THE YEAR

Gabriella Bennett, The Times Scotland

Jeremy Lazell, The Times Scotland

Mike MacEacheran, The Telegraph, The Guardian, National Geographic

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by SGN

Jack Aitchison, The Herald

Constance Kampfner, The Times Scotland

Beth Murray, The Scotsman, Scotland on Sunday, Edinburgh Evening News

Ben Palmer, The Times Scotland

Amy Shearer, Greenock Telegraph

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

The shortlist will be announced early July.

JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by The Big Partnership

The winner will be announced at The Scottish Press Awards on 21st September 2022

DAILY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Scottish Newspaper Society

The winner will be announced at The Scottish Press Awards on 21st September 2022.

SUNDAY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Scottish Newspaper Society

The winner will be announced at The Scottish Press Awards on 29th September 2022.

Shortlists for the Daily newspaper of the year, Sunday newspaper of the year and Journalist of the year awards have not been announced, as the winners will be announced on the night of the ceremony. The shortlist for the Weekly newspaper of the year will be revealed in July.