Scottish Press Awards 2008

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
Ayrshire Post
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.



Categories: Awards

5 replies

  1. Hello to Richard Winton.
    My name is Anne and I live in Australia. I am a Winton myself and I’m doing a bit of a geneology search. I wondered whether you may be related to a Thomas Winton who was my paternal great-great grandfather. His wife Elizabeth (nee Bayley) came from Kent, England but we have no records of him except after he took up residence in South Australia in the 1800’s.
    I understand that you may not be interested in my request and that’s fine but I thought I would give it a try.
    Best wishes,
    Anne.

  2. Just stumbled across this.
    Thanks very much for biggin’ me up! Feeling a l’il smug now.
    Who have you passed my name on to?

  3. Can’t believe you’re getting comments from Greig’s mum!
    He worked with me at Deadline for more than two years and I was never lucky enought to get any comments from Mrs Cameron.
    Needless to say I woulld LOVE to see Greig scoop the business writer’s award.
    Top bloke, top journo – and now we find out he’s also got a top mum!

  4. Hello,
    totally agree with you about Greig Cameron -but then I am his Mum!!!

  5. Yeah, good luck to them all – especially those who are on it for the first time. Was surprised to hear that Matt Bendoris had never been nominated before.
    And if Mike Tierney wins again, does he get to keep the trophy for life, like Brazil with the World Cup? 🙂

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