The Dundee Courier has been named Digital Team of the Year in the 41st Scottish Press Awards as The Mail on Sunday took the prize for Newspaper of the Year.
thecourier.co.uk picked up the award for its special series ‘Shaped by a river: Tales of the Tay’ which produced a lavish piece of multimedia for readers.
There was also an award for Gianni Marini, after Democracy on Your Doorstep, won Podcast of the Year.
The Mail on Sunday won newspaper of the year for its investigations into problems surrounding the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and the ripple effect they had.
Chair of Judges Denise West said: “The Mail on Sunday’s investigation into fatal flaws at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital was exemplary public service journalism, and the repercussions are being felt right now in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The revelation that contamination in the new hospital caused the deaths of patients led directly to the opening of Edinburgh’s new Sick Children’s Hospital being delayed, and as a result a brand new facility is lying empty while the country faces its gravest-ever health crisis.
“The investigation is evidence of the Mail’s continued investment in its Scottish operation which produces a strong package, very distinct from the English edition, and a sales performance well above industry averages.”
Norman Silvester, investigative journalist at the Sunday Mail, won Reporter of the Year Award and Journalist at the Year Award for his expose of the death of prisoner Allan Marshall at Saughton Prison.
Former editor Bruce Waddell said that Silvester’s exclusive “had an impact that reverberated throughout the corridors of power and justice – as well as newsrooms – with political ramifications that are still rumbling on.”
Ian McCormack, who was until January the UK’s longest serving editor before retiring from the West Highland Free Press after 44 years, was given a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Their wins were revealed without the annual awards ceremony which was axed because of the Covid-19 crisis and lockdown.
It also comes as most publishers have furloughed thousands of staff with some having to suspend publishing altogether.
Scottish Newspaper Society director John McLellan said: “Without the steady source of trusted information our journalists provide, little of this would be possible.
“Be it on mobile, laptop, desktop or print, our titles reach more people than ever before, and much more quickly; the role Scottish journalists play was vital before, is vital now in the midst of the greatest crisis anyone has ever experienced, and will be even more vital in the recovery to come.”
41st Scottish Press Awards – full list of winners
Digital Team of the Year
Podcast of the Year
Gianni Marini, Democracy on your Doorstep
Video of the Year
Craig Sinclair, Edinburgh Evening News
Newspaper of the Year
The Mail on Sunday
Journalist of the Year
Lifetime Achievement Award
The Nicola Barry Award
Gina Davidson, The Scotsman
Reporter of the Year
Norman Silvester, Sunday Mail
Financial/Business Journalist of the Year
Greig Cameron, The Times
Political Journalist of the Year
Paul Hutcheon, Daily Record
Interviewer of the Year
Emma Cowing, Scottish Daily Mail
Columnist of the Year
Melanie Reid, The Times
Local/Weekly Feature Writer of the Year
Jack Haugh, The Gazette
Feature Writer of the Year
Dani Garravelli, Scotland on Sunday/The Scotsman
Arts/Entertainment Journalist of the Year
Barry Didcock, The Herald/Herald on Sunday
Young Journalist of the Year
Georgia Edkins, Scottish Mail on Sunday
Journalism Team of the Year
Scottish Mail on Sunday
Campaign of the Year
Scoop of the Year
Thomas Brown, The Scottish Sun
Headline of the Year
Dundee Evening Telegraph
Front Page of the Year
The Scottish Sun
Local/Weekly Campaign of the Year
Weekly Newspaper of the Year
Fife Free Press
Local/Weekly Reporter of the Year
David Goodwin, Greenock Telegraph
Sports Photographer of the Year
Ian MacNicol, Getty Images
News Photographer of the Year
Jeff Mitchell, Getty Images
Local/Weekly Sports Writer of the Year
Paul Thomson, East Kilbride News
Sports Columnist of the Year
Michael Grant, The Times
Sports Feature Writer of the Year
Gary Keown, Scottish Mail on Sunday
Sports News Writer of the Year
Stephen McGowan, Scottish Daily Mail