Entries invite issued by Highlands and Islands Media Awards

ENTRIES are being sought by the organisers of the Highlands and Islands Media Awards.

A deadline of the 30th of next month has been set for entries, with the awards ceremony scheduled for February 1, in Inverness.

Among the winners last time around was the Highland News (pictured, with editor, Paul Breen, in the middle), which was named Newspaper of the Year.

Entries require to be mailed to Alison MacNeill, HIE, Cowan House, Inverness Retail Park, Inverness, IV2 7GF.

The categories (with organisers’ guidance notes) are:

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – ALEX MAIN TROPHY

Entrants for this category must be under 25 on November 30 2012.

Judges are seeking evidence of journalistic skill in originality, presentation, dedication, and engagement with the community the entrant represents. Three separate pieces to be submitted.

SPORTS WRITER OF THE YEAR

For newspaper, magazine or broadcast work. Entries are welcome from writers/broadcasters delivering the wide range of sports coverage in the Highlands and Islands. Three pieces to be submitted demonstrating range of ability preferably across a variety of sports and/or events.

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

For news, sport or feature photography within the Highlands and Islands. A portfolio of no more than six prints in colour or black and white, of which a minimum of three must have been published, should be supplied.

TOP SHOT FOR THE YEAR

For news, sport or feature photography within the Highlands and Islands. This will be open to both staff and freelance photographers. Provide one photograph which you think has the most outstanding story telling quality.

BORD NA GAIDHLIG AWARD: For the best three articles or broadcast features produced in Gaelic.

BEST USE OF DIGITAL MEDIA: Open to all journalists/editors or web designers for their representation of Highlands and Islands news or features on the web. This may include use of social media, articles, podcasts, or websites which appeared between December 2011 and November 30 2012. Please send three examples of work via links/files/web addresses or hard copy of content. This category will be judged on content and presentation.

REPORTER OF THE YEAR – JIM LOVE MEMORIAL AWARD

For newspaper, magazine or broadcast reporting. Three separate published/broadcast stories across a range of subjects to be supplied indicating good community contacts, originality, accuracy, and an understanding of target audience.

TOP STORY OF THE YEAR

For newspaper, magazine or broadcast work. The winning writer should demonstrate service to the community/ies from fair, accurate and compelling coverage of an issue/campaign. This could be one outstanding piece of work or follow an issue across a number of occasions. A single piece or a series of a maximum of three published pieces to be supplied.

COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR – Open to all community newspapers/newsletters published within the HIE area between December 2011 and November 30 2012. One copy of three editions to be supplied.

NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Open to all newspapers published within the HIE area between December 2011 and November 30 2012. One copy of three editions to be supplied.

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR: This category is being extended to include the work of public relations professionals working in the area. Three news pieces and/or features should be submitted demonstrating range and ability.

THE CLASSIC MALTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR – Sponsored by Diageo. Overall award for most outstanding journalistic talent of the year. This will be selected at the judges’ discretion. No specific entries are required.

Pic: Ewen Weatherspoon / HIE.

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