Bella, Bella – Plaudits for Independence Website

Bella Caledonia, an online magazine offering features and commentary on Scottish independence, is one of the best Scotland-based websites, according to the Edinburgh-Glasgow events magazine, The List.

The title – launched by editors Mike Small and Kevin Williamson four years ago and featuring contributions from, among others, Scotsman columnist, Joan McAlpine – came second in the Edinburgh-Glasgow magazine’s countdown of key websites made for and by Scots.

Scottish broadcasters, STV, and recently-launched online newspaper, Caledonian Mercury, also feature inside the top 30.

Says The List of Bella Caledonia: “What Williamson and Small have created is a forward-thinking, distinctly Scottish place for ideas.

“Although they’re pro-independence, the site has no party allegiance and toes no single line.

“Excellent articles by contributors including Gerry Hassan, novelist Ewan Morrison and journalist-turned-MSP Joan McAlpine, on everything from Greece to Iain Banks, make a great forum for intelligent debate.”

The Caley Merc, which launched early last year, came 18th and represents, says The List, “a welcome addition to Scottish journalism at a time of continued concern and uncertainty over the viability of old models”.

STV finished three places further back with the broadcaster’s emphasis on local sections earning plaudits.

Read the full list of 30 here

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