The shortlist for the 29th Scottish Press Awards has just been announced and like their ‘British’ big brother, they are packed out with old friends and colleagues.
Not least the already multi-award winning Robert Mitchell – although you’d probably not know it from first glance.
The Boabster has just moved over to the Wishaw Press as Chief Reporter.
But not before his work earned his previous berth at the Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser nominations for Campaign of the Year up against the Daily Record, Evening Express, Evening Times and Courier.
And also Weekly Newspaper of the Year against the Ayrshire Post, Dumfries and Galloway Standard, Falkirk Herald and West Highland Free Press.
It’s a bit of shame that the organisers have ditched the old Weekly Journalist of the Year category, because having won it a couple of times already, he might very well have hit the hat trick.
Our lives, of course, would have become unbearable.
However I am delighted to see some well earned recognition for Lisa Boyle of the Ayrshire Post in the Young Journalist of the Year category.
Now I don’t know Lisa and have never met her.
But the Post is my local paper, and I rate her work very highly. Indeed, I’ve already passed her name to some former colleagues on newsdesks who should have moved to sign her up already.
The keenest battle looks likely to be for Political Journalist of the Year where Paul Hutcheon of the Sunday Herald has to be a good bet.
But he faces a real test against The Scotsman’s trio of Hamish MacDonnell, Peter MacMahon and Gerri Peev along with Mandy Rhodes of Holyrood Magazine.
Young Scott McDermot gets a well earned nomination in Sports Journalist of the Year for the Sunday Mail.
But he is facing three Scottish Sun hacks in Derek McGregor, my old Daily Record chum Roger Hannah and the beautifully titled Iain ROSSI King.
And congratulations to Greig Cameron now at Business 7 and nominated for Finanicial/Business Journalist of the Year.
Greig is an outstanding young reporter as anyone who has worked with him will know, and he would be fully deserving of a gong.
The full list reads:
SCOOP OF THE YEAR
Paul Hutcheson (Sunday Herald) Labour Leader tight-lipped on tax exile’s donation
Peter MacMahon (The Scotsman) How a council boss cleaned up
Jack Mathieson (Daily Record) Breakthrough as Vicky DNA found in Tobin House
Mercello Mega (Scotland on Sunday) Not Guilty
Nickolas Sharpe (Scottish Sun) A Free Mone
REPORTER of the YEAR
Lucy Adams (The Herald)
Allan Caldwell (Mail on Sunday)
Michael Howie (The Scotsman)
Charles Lavery (Sunday Mail)
Neil MacKay (Sunday Herald)
FINANCIAL/BUSINESS JOURNALIST of the YEAR
Simon Bain (The Herald)
Greig Cameron (Business 7)
William Lyons (Scotland on Sunday)
Iain McConnell (The Herald)
john Penman (The Sunday Times Scotland)
NEWSPAPER FEATURE WRITER of the YEAR
Jonathan Brocklebank (Scottish Daily Mail)
Allan Brown (The Sunday Times Scotland)
John Bynorth (Sunday Herald)
Maureen Culley (Scottish Daily Mail)
Catherine Deveney (Scotland on SUnday)
Neil MacKay (Sunday Herald)
MAGAZINE WRITER of the YEAR
Torcuil Crichton (Sunday Herald Magazine)
Catherine Deveney (Scotland on Sunday)
Barry Didcock (Sunday Herald)
Susan Swarbrick (Herald Magazine)
Michael Tierney (Herald Magazine)
COLUMNIST of the YEAR
Ian Bell (Sunday Herald)
Tom English (Scotland on Sunday)
John Macleod (Scottish Daily Mail)
Mandy Rhodes (Holyrood Magazine)
Hardeep Singh Kohli (Scotland on Sunday)
CAMPAIGN of the YEAR
Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser (Election Campaign Explodes)
Daily Record (Living on a Knife Edge)
Evening Express (Brain Unit Saved)
Evening Times (War of Litter)
The Courier (Bridge Tolls)
FRONT PAGE of the YEAR
Daily Record – Fadiator
Evening Express – You Traitors
Sunday Mail – The Bombers
The Scotsman – 1707 For Better or Worse
Scottish Sun – They’ll Have My Balls For This
JOURNALIST TEAM of the YEAR
Daily Record – Doctor Deaths Lethal Payload
Scottish Daily Mail – Bombs: Two Doctors Held
Scottish Daily Mail – Freed to Murder
Scottish Sun – Doctor Deaths/Lair of Terror
Sunday Mail – The Bombers
WEEKLY NEWSPAPER of the YEAR
Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
Dumfries & Galloway Standard
The Falkirk Herald
West Highland Free Press
POLITICAL JOURNALIST of the YEAR
Paul Hutcheon – Sunday Herald
Hamish MacDonnell – The Scotsman
Peter MacMahon – The Scotsman
Gerri Peev – The Scotsman
Mandy Rhodes – Holyrood Magazine
SPORTS FEATURE WRITER of the YEAR
Douglas James Alexander – The Sunday Times Scotland
Richard Bath – Scotland on Sunday
Tom English – Scotland on Sunday
Hugh MacDonald – The Herald
Richard Wilson – The Sunday Times Scotland
SPORTS NEWS WRITER of the YEAR
Roger Hannah – The Scottish Sun
Iain ROSSI King – The Scottish Sun
Brian Majoribanks – Scottish Daily Mail
Scott McDermot – Sunday Mail
Derek McGregor – The Scottish Sun
SPORTS SCOOP of the YEAR
Neil Cameron (Daily Record) – Back on the Bevvy
Keith Jackson (Daily Record) – You’re Rumbled
Gary Ralston (Daily Record) – Hibs Revolt
Darren Tulett (Scotland on Sunday) – The Real Story Behind Le Guen’s Exit from Ibrox
ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST of the YEAR
Matthew William Bendoris – Scottish Sun
Anna Burnside – The Sunday Times Scotland
Brian McIver – Daily Record
Phil Miller – The Herald
Aidan Gordon Smith – Scotland on Sunday
CARTOONIST of the YEAR
Brian Adcock – Scotland on Sunday
Frank Boyle – Edinburgh Evening News
Steven Camley – The Herald
Bill McArthur – The Herald
Nick Newman – The Sunday Times Scotland
YOUNG JOURNALIST of the YEAR
Lisa Boyle – Ayrshire Post
Ryan James Crighton – The Press and Journal
Steve Dineen – Sunday Mail
Rachelle Money – Freelance
Richard Winton – The Herald
Alice Wyllie – The Scotsman
GAELIC JOURNALIST of the YEAR
Angus Peter Campbell – An Gaidheal Ur
Alasdair H Campbell – The Scotsman
Ishabel T MacDonald – The Scotsman
Murchadh Macleoid – Scotland on Sunday
Neil McRae – The Scotsman
NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER of the YEAR
Brian Anderson – News of the World
Peter Kelly – Scottish Sun
Alasdair Macleod – Sunday Mail
Andrew Milligan – The Herald
Ian Rutherfod – The Scotsman
SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER of the YEAR
Thomas Main – Freelancer
Colin Mearns – The Herald
Kenneth M Ramsay – Scottish Sun
Ian Rutherford – The Scotsman
Phil Wilkinson – Scotland on Sunday
Good luck one and all.