Muir named Employee of the Year at News International Awards

THE associate editor at The Scottish Sun, Alan Muir, has been named Employee of the Year at an in-house awards ceremony for staff working for the paper’s publishers in Scotland.

Already nicknamed the NIPAs (News International People’s Awards), the event was set up to recognise not just journalists but other members of News international’s Scottish operation, including print and commercial staff.

Some 180 people gathered at the awards – held at the weekend and compered by comic, Raymond Mearns, a former classified ads employee, and Miss Scotland, Jennifer Reoch. As reported on allmediascotland.com last month, the staging of the NIPAs means there will be no Scottish Sun presence at the upcoming Scottish Press Awards.

Said David Dinsmore, general magager of News International (Scotland) but currently acting managing editor of The Sun: “It was a fantastic evening, which gave News International staff from across the entire Scottish operation the chance to meet each other, many for the first time.

“But this was also an opportunity for staff to celebrate each other’s successes in what, by any standards, has been a trying year. We hope the NIPAs, will now become an annual event.”

The full list of winners reads:

SALES PERSON OF THE YEAR – JILL GREENSHIELDS

SALES MANAGER OF THE YEAR – ANGELA LINDSAY

BUSINESS WIN OR DEVELOPMENT – DISPLAY – GARY GALLACHER

BUSINESS WIN OR DEVELOPMENT – CLASSIFIED – JETHRO BREMNER-ALLISON

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE – EDNA RAE

COMMERCIAL ABOVE & BEYOND – WENDY MacLEAN

COMMERCIAL VALUES CHAMPION – WENDY REITH

NEWS REPORTER OF THE YEAR – IRINA NELSON

NEWS SUB OF THE YEAR – MARC THOMSON

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR – MATT BENDORIS

FEATURE PRODUCTION PERSON OF THE YEAR – TOM CHURCHILL

SPORTS WRITER OF THE YEAR – DEREK McGREGOR

SPORTS SUB OF THE YEAR – JIM BROUGH

ARTS GRAPHICS PERSON OF THE YEAR – STEVEN CASTELLUCCIA

BACK BENCHER OF THE YEAR – ALAN MUIR

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR – ALAN EWING

PAGE PRODUCTION PERSON OF THE YEAR – JOHN O’HARE

BEST MARKETING CONTRIBUTION OF THE YEAR – SARAH BROPHY

BEST CUSTOMER SUPPORT SERVICE OF THE YEAR – DOUGIE LOGAN

NEWSPRINTERS EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR – SANDRA LANNIGAN

NEWSPRINTERS BUSINESS PARTNER EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR – KAY BRAIN

NEWSPRINTERS INITIATIVE OF YEAR – ALEX GRAHAM

NEWSPRINTERS UNSUNG HERO – GAVIN POOLE

PAUL CANNING SPORTS AWARD, IN MEMORY OF PAUL CANNING – PAUL CANNING’S FAMILY

NEWS INTERNATIONALUNSUNG HERO – MAUREEN GRANT

EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR – ALAN MUIR

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