Scottish Press Awards 2009

ONE thing is for certain, this year's Scottish Press Awards will be worth watching.

Not only has it faced the prospect of a boycott in protest against Scottish Daily Newspaper Society chairman Donald Martin over his part in the Herald Group jobs fiasco, but it should deliver one of the most eagerly awaited awards nights in years.


Way back in October last year I stated that Bill Jamieson, executive editor at The Scotsman would be a worthy winner for his outstanding coverage of the banking crisis that has engulfed the UK.

Although part of a team of reporters covering the topic, it was clear early on that his contacts, understanding, gravitas and prose was not only leading the agenda, but actually lifting his newspaper to heights it had previously struggled reach.

He's down for Columnist of the Year and Financial/Business Journalist of the Year. 

I've never yet met Bill, but in my own humble view he is actually Journalist of the Year, but those honours will lie elsewhere.

Of course he is no shoe-in for the awards, up against a strong cast. The stick out name for me in the latter category being John Penman at the Sunday Times Scotland.

That'll be the same John Penman, then, who has just been given his jotters as business editor – at the time of a worldwide credit crunch – as part of the paper's redundancies. Wonder who's table he'll be invited to?

It's fantastic to see a Multi-Media Journalist of the Year category, and I'd hope Iain Hepburn at the Daily Record is rewarded for his outstanding work with Ewan Watt in finally delivering a website the editor can be proud of.

Few know this, but some of the podcasts being run by the dailyrecord.co.uk are actually attracting bigger audiences than some Radio Scotland and Scottish TV shows, the football podcast in particular proving a big hit.

The likes of this footage recorded on a Flip by Sunday Mail reporter Charles Lavery a clear indication of how the site will become a cornerstone of the papers in the months and years to come, no doubt inspiring a greater number of nominees down the line.

Iain is up against colleague Beverley Lyons and David Maddox at The Scotsman. Beverley is also in for Arts/Entertainment Journalist of the Year.

Scoop of the Year has a strong, strong entry but I hope that Donna Watson at the Daily Record wins out with Referee Rev's Romps with Sunday School Miss.

While it may be cheap, tabloid fodder – sex, lies and celebrity – it is cheap, tabloid fodder at its very best. A real talker that was debated in pubs, clubs, football grounds and churches across the land and a real belter of a tale.

Although Lucy Adams at The Herald; Graham Grant at the Scottish Daily Mail; Gerri Peev of The Scotsman, Jane Simpson at the Scottish Mail on Sunday and Caroline Wilson at the Evening Times will all have something to say about that with their own great scoops.

In some ways it would be fitting if Caroline won with her story on Councillor Kalashnikov as my understanding is the story was actually offered to a well know Scottish red-top first, but dismissed out of hand by the newsdesk. 

Only then was it offered to the Glasgow evening. If she wins, I might even out the offending paper.

Reporter of the Year will be a tough category. Lucy Adams at The Herald; Derek Alexander and Charles Lavery of the Sunday Mail, David Pratt at the Sunday Herald and Brian Lewis of the Scottish Sun up against each other.

Derek remains one of Scotland's top news operators and having worked with him, I am always biased in his favour and Charlie is a seasoned professional who doesn't need awards to prove his value to his paper.

Yet I have to think Lucy has had a year of real strong stories in very trying circumstances while Brian has moved on from a news agency to become one of the nation's most productive and consistent journalists, and might just shade it this year.

But no-one should discount David Pratt who seems to have a free reign to cover whatever takes his fancy at the Sunday Herald.

The big question, though, is which title will be voted Newspaper of the Year.

Only a handful have guarded or increased their circulations, the Daily Star of Scotland for instance. And how the formidable duo of Nick Gates and Richard Elias would celebrate if that ever came to pass.

The Daily Record has been the most consistent in terms of breaking strong tales, improving all the time under my former Mirror colleague Andy Lines.

But would the judges really award it the title for a third year in a row? Would they dare?

Even some of those within Central Quay have admitted that last year, the Scottish Sun wuz robbed.

At the time some in the industry even questioned whether a tartan edition of a London paper would ever be allowed to win.

But given that it is now Scotland's best selling daily newspaper (again); given that it has been crammed packed of excellent journalism (again); and given that it is one of the few not laying off staff in Scotland (bravo!!) – does it not deserve a shot?

The news coverage aside, it has the best football writing, analysis and presentation for its market – imho.

The Scottish Daily Mail has held ground but done nothing to make the world sit up and notice while it would be a slap in the face to staff and a reward to management if any of the Herald Group newspapers won, regardless of the brilliant individual journalism.

And what of the Sundays? Have any of them performed any better than those mentioned above? None of them stick out.

Yet given the judges dilemma over the red tops, would they consider The Scotsman, even now that its editor has departed?

Could Bill Jamieson's brilliant business writing win over the court of opinion even when you remember the awful nature-led headlines that went before?

As I said at the beginning, it should be the most interesting awards in a decade, and take place on April 23.

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

 

Lucy Adams

The Herald
Megrahi Wife's Plea: set my husband free to die
 

Graham Grant

Scottish Daily Mail

The Ultimate Big Brother
 

Gerri Peev

The Scotsman

Hillary’s a Monster
 

Jane Simpson

Scottish Mail on Sunday

Couple to lose family for being too fat
 

Donna Watson

Daily Record

Referee Rev's Romps with Sunday School Miss
 

Caroline Wilson

Evening Times

Councillor Kalashnikov
 

REPORTER OF THE YEAR

 

Lucy Adams

The Herald

 

Derek Alexander

Sunday Mail

 

Charles Lavery

Sunday Mail

 

Brian Lewis

The Scottish Sun

 

David Pratt

Sunday Herald

 
 

FINANCIAL/BUSINESS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

 

Simon Bain

The Herald

 

Bill Jamieson

The Scotsman

 

Will Lyons

Scotland on Sunday

 

Peter MacMahon

The Scotsman

 

John Penman

The Sunday Times Scotland

 

 

NEWSPAPER FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

 

Jonathan Brocklebank

Scottish Daily Mail

 

Allan Brown

Sunday Times

 

Anna Burnside

Sunday Times

 

Gavin Madeley

Scottish Daily Mail

 

Peter Ross

Scotland on Sunday

 
 

MAGAZINE WRITER OF THE YEAR

 

Vicky Allan

Sunday Herald

 

Adam Forrest

Big Issue

 

David Pratt

Sunday Herald

 

Peter Ross

Scotland on Sunday

 

 

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR

 

Bill Jamieson

The Scotsman

 

George Kerevan

The Scotsman

 

Hardeep Singh Kohli

Scotland on Sunday

 

Bill Leckie

The Scottish Sun

 

Joan McAlpine

The Sunday Times Scotland

 

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

 

The Big Issue

Time to make bills add up

 

The Scotsman

HBOS questions that must be answered

 

Sunday Mail

Free our hero dad

 

Edinburgh Evening News

School Lunches

 

Evening Times

Factors – fighting for a fairer deal

 

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR

 

Daily Record

Monster

 

Scotland on Sunday

Scotland over a barrel

 

The Scottish Sun

Beaten and Battered

 

Evening Express

We will never forget

 

The Sunday Mail

The greatest

 
 

JOURNALIST TEAM OF THE YEAR

 

Daily Record

Tobin: the monster

 

Scottish Daily Mail

Did he kill 15 other girls?

 

The Scottish Sun

Beaten and battered

 

Scottish Mail On Sunday

Kenny Richey: my story

 

Dumbarton Reporter

Killer at the Vale

 

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

 

Falkirk Herald

 

Kilmarnock Standard
 
Ayrshire Post
 
Wishaw Press
 
West Highland Free Press
 
 

POLITICAL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

 

Eddie Barnes

Scotland on Sunday

 

Paul Hutcheon

Sunday Herald

 

Hamish MacDonnell

The Scotsman

 

Andrew Nicoll

The Scottish Sun

 

Gerri Peev

The Scotsman

 

SPORTS FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

 

Douglas Alexander

The Sunday Times Scotland

 

Tom English

Scotland on Sunday

 

Douglas Findlay Gillon

The Herald

 

Martin Greig

The Herald

 

Brian Marjoribanks

Scottish Daily Mail

 
 

SPORTS NEWS WRITER OF THE YEAR

 

Douglas Findlay Gillon

The Herald

 

Robert Grieve

The Scottish Sun

 

Keith Jackson

Daily Record

 

Iain King

The Scottish Sun

 

Bill Leckie

The Scottish Sun

 
 

ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

 

Matt Bendoris

The Scottish Sun

 

Allan Brown

The Sunday Times Scotland

 

Anna Burnside

The Sunday Times Scotland

 

Beverly Lyons

Daily Record

 

David Robinson

The Scotsman

 
 

CARTOONIST OF THE YEAR

 

Steven Camley

The Herald

 

Scott Clissold

Scottish Sunday Express

 

Bill McArthur

The Herald

 

Nick Newman

The Sunday Times Scotland

 

Brian Petrie

The Scottish Sun

 
 

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

 

Mike Farrell

Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter

 

Fiona Gray

Scotland on Sunday

 

Stuart Macdonald

The Sunday Times Scotland

 

Helen McArdle

Sunday Herald

 

Brendan Perring

The Sunday Times Scotland

 
 

GAELIC JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

 

Aonghas Caimbeul

West Highland Free Press

 

Alasdair H Caimbeul

The Scotsman

 

Joy Dunlop

An Gàidheal Ùr

 

Niall O'Gallagher

BBC Alba

 

Andreas Wolff

Scottish Catholic Observer

 
 

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

 

Colin Mearns

The Herald

 

George Munro

Greenock Telegraph

 

Tony Nicoletti

Daily Record

 

Phil Wilkinson

Scotland on Sunday

 
 

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

 

Jane Barlow

The Scotsman

 

David Henderson

The Scottish Sun

 

Peter Kelly

The Scottish Sun

 

Alasdair Macleod

Sunday Mail

 

Thomas Main

Freelance

 
 

MULTI-MEDIA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

 

Iain Hepburn

Daily Record

 

Beverley Lyons

Daily Record

 

David Maddox

The Scotsman




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1 reply

  1. Mon wee Donna and George Munro! They’re the people’s choices!

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