PPA Scotland announces shortlist for Scottish Magazine Awards 2009

THE publishing game has been a tough one these past few years as anyone involved in the trade will be only too well aware.  

As often as I'll sit here tapping away at my keyboard preaching about those awful people doing horrible things to their loyal staff, it has never escaped my attention that my own small company foundered in such turbulent times too.

I can sit with a good quality malt in my hand, shaking my first and cursing at Sir Fred Goodwin and Royal Bank of Scotland or scowl and grind my teeth as people finally switch onto the idea that the web, video and digital magazines really are part of publishing's future.

It doesn't change the fact that, ultimately, it just never worked.

Yet in spite of it all, I still draw plenty of positives, not least the new experiences, contacts and friendships created, and of course the hard copies of the finished products which still clutter up my office at home.

Among the more special moments was when we were nominated for not one but three awards in our first year of trying at the PPA Scotland gongs, winning one outright and finishing runner-up in the other two. 

There was excitement again last year when another nomination followed, giving us a good night to bow out on, if no gong that time around.

And, despite having now moved onto other projects,  I couldn't help but want to see this year's nominees for the PPA Scotland Scottish Magazine Awards.

After all, Scotland still has a thriving publishing scene with more than 700 magazine titles from 195 or so publishing houses generating in the region of £157m a year to the Scottish economy.

For the 98 listed here who have made it to the shortlist for this year's final – the range and diversity of the publications, and the high quality of the work involved, remains something not just to be proud of, but to celebrate too.

The nominees for the PPA Scotland Scottish Magazine Awards dinner being held at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh on November 26 are:

Best online presence

CA Magazine Online / Connect Communications 

Scotland’s New Homebuyer / Pinpoint Scotland 

Scottish Field / Special Publications 

Scottish Wedding Directory / Scottish Wedding Directory 

The List / The List

Times Educational Supplement Scotland / TSL Education


Best magazine design: business & professional

Cardiology News / Pinpoint Scotland 

Discover NLS / Think Scotland 

Experience / Think Scotland 

FYi / CMYK Design

Private Word / Editions Publishing 

Unfiltered / Scotch Malt Whisky Society


Best magazine design: consumer

Able / Craven Publishing 

Scotland Outdoors / CMYK Design 

Scottish Wedding Directory / Scottish Wedding Directory 

The Big Issue Scotland / The Big Issue Scotland 

The Great Outdoors / Newsquest (Herald & Times) 

The List / The List


Best small publishing company magazine

East Lothian Life / PJ Design 

Fusion Flowers / Fusion Flowers 

Leopard / MacAber Investments 

One Magazine / Polwarth Publishing 

Scotland in Trust / CMYK Design 

Scotland Outdoors / Big Bend Publishing


Brand development

Dumfries & Galloway Life / CN Magazines 

The Great Outdoors / Newsquest (Herald & Times) 

The List / The List


Business & professional magazine of the year

CA Magazine / Connect Communications 

Holyrood / Holyrood Communications 

Public Servant Scotland / PSCA International 

Scottish Local Retailer / 55 North 

Surgeons’ News / Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh 

The Scottish Farmer / Newsquest (Herald & Times)


Columnist of the year

Jim Perrin / The Great Outdoors / Newsquest (Herald & Times) 

Mandy Rhodes / Holyrood / Holyrood Communications 

Neil Patterson / Fly Fishing & Fly Tying / Rolling River Publications 

Roddy Woomble / The Great Outdoors / Newsquest (Herald & Times) 

Ron Ferguson / Life & Work / Church of Scotland


Consumer magazine of the year

Dumfries & Galloway Life / CN Magazines 

Scottish Field / Special Publications 

Scottish Wedding Directory / Scottish Wedding Directory 

The Big Issue Scotland / The Big Issue Scotland 

The List / The List


Consumer specialist magazine of the year

Able / Craven Publishing 

End of Term / Craven Publishing 

Fly Fishing & Fly Tying / Rolling River Publications 

Fusion Flowers / Fusion Flowers 

The Great Outdoors / Newsquest (Herald & Times)


Customer magazine of the year

Aurora / CMYK Design 

Connected / White Light Media 

Discover NLS / Think Scotland 

Equiniti / White Light Media 

Stirling Focus / Stirling Council 

Venturer / Scottish Equity Partners


Editor of the year: business & professional

Alasdair Fletcher / The Scottish Farmer / Newsquest (Herald & Times) 

Daniel Lambie / Teaching Scotland; Land Business / Connect Communications 

Mandy Rhodes / Holyrood / Holyrood Communications 

Maureen Ferrier / Public Servant Scotland / PSCA International 

Neil Munro / Times Educational Supplement Scotland / TSL Education 

Peter Nicholson / Journal of the Law Society of Scotland / Connect Communications


Editor of the year: consumer

Andrea Thomson / Dumfries & Galloway Life / CN Magazines 

Cameron McNeish / The Great Outdoors / Newsquest (Herald & Times) 

James Glasgow / Able; End of Term; Civvy Street / Craven Publishing 

Paul McNamee / The Big Issue Scotland / The Big Issue Scotland


Feature writer of the year: business & professional

Andrew Beach / Unfiltered / Scotch Malt Whisky Society 

Henry Hepburn / Times Educational Supplement Scotland / TSL Education 

Katie Mackintosh / Holyrood / Holyrood Communications 

Patsy Hunter / The Scottish Farmer / Newsquest (Herald & Times) 

Rory Cahill / Holyrood / Holyrood Communications 

William Peakin / Holyrood / Holyrood Communications


Feature writer of the year: consumer

Adam Forrest / The Big Issue Scotland / The Big Issue Scotland 

Claire Sawers / The List / The List 

Ed Douglas / The Great Outdoors / Newsquest (Herald & Times) 

Jackie Macadam / Life & Work / Church of Scotland

Lori Anderson / Scottish Woman / Haxton Marketing


Member magazine of the year

Historic Scotland / Think Scotland 

Life & Work / Church of Scotland 

Off the Run / Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service 

Scotland in Trust / CMYK Design 

Scottish Wildlife / Scottish Wildlife Trust 

Surgeons’ News / Royal College of Surgeons, Edinburgh


Publisher of the year

Antony Begley / 55 North 

Darren Bruce / Newsquest (Herald & Times) 

John Innes / Think Scotland 

Steve Craven / Craven Publishing


Sales performance of the year

Able / Advertising team 

Craven Publishing / Advertising team 

Dumfries & Galloway Life / Advertising team 

End of Term / Neil Millar 

The Great Outdoors / Ronnie Dodd & Louise Jane MacDonald 

The Scottish Farmer / Supplier Awards


Staff magazine of the year

Courier North / Engage Group 

Lifetimes / White Light Media 

Pulse / Taste Design 

SFR News / Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service 

Slainte / NHS Western Isles

Standard / Standard Life


2009 Scottish magazine of the year

Will be selected from category winners and announced at the end of the award ceremony

Good luck to one and all.



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