THE great and the good turned out in force for the Scottish Press Awards last night with around 300 showing up for the journalism 'oscars'. But the one that stood out above all else for me was a very special accolade – A Lifetime Achievement Award for Tom Brown – the former political editor for the Scottish Daily Record.
And not before time.
He has been a great servant to the trade, and a fantastic friend and mentor to many. I'm proud to count myself among them. His compelling acceptance speech was reproduced today by allmediascotland.com
There was plenty of smiles all round for the other winners too, listed below.
Hearty congratulations to them all.
Winners of the 31st Scottish Press Awards
Newspaper of the Year – The Herald
Journalist of the Year – Lucy Adams (The Herald)
Reporter of the Year – Lucy Adams (The Herald)
Front Page of the Year – Scottish Daily Mail (For My Daddy, The Hero)
Scoop of the Year – Donna Watson (Daily Record) (Honeymoon Scots Catch Swine Flu in Mexico)
Campaign of the Year – Greenock Telegraph (Stop Knives Save Lives)
Magazine Writer of the Year – Catherine Deveney (Scotland on Sunday)
Journalist Team of the Year – (Aberdeen Evening Express) (North Sea 'Copter Tragedy)
Sports News Writer of the Year – Keith Jackson (Daily Record)
Sports Feature Writer of the Year – Tom English (Scotland on Sunday)
Newspaper Feature Writer of the Year – Iain Macwhirter (Sunday Herald)
Financial/Business Writer of the Year – Kenny Kemp (Sunday Herald)
Columnist of the Year – the late Reg McKay
Political Journalist of the Year – Jason Allardyce (Sunday Times)
Arts/Entertainments of the Year – Phil Miller (The Herald)
Multimedia Journalist of the Year – Nick Mitchell (scotsman.com)
Young Journalist of the Year – Victoria Raimes (Edinburgh Evening News)
Cartoonist of the Year – Brian Adcock (Scotland on Sunday)
News Photographer of the Year – Jane Barlow (The Scotsman)
Sports Photographer of the Year – Tom Main (Freelance)
Weekly Newsaper of the Year – Dumfries & Galloway Standard
Lifetime Achievement Award – Tom Brown