Scotsman Named Newspaper of the Year at Scottish Press Awards

THE newspaper that last week saw its editor effectively dismissed has been named Newspaper of the Year at the Scottish Press Awards.

John McLellan accepted the prize on behalf of the paper, just days after it was announced by publishers, Johnston Press, that he was being placed on leave as editor, pending consultation talks, with his additional post of editor-in-chief of The Scotsman Publictations Ltd earmarked for the axe.

However, on stage, a dignified McLellan made no mention of his situation.

The Newspaper of the Year title is among the top two prizes given out at the awards, which are in their 33rd year and which this year involved no entries from The Scottish Sun which chose, instead, to stage its own, in-house awards ceremony.

The other top prize is Journalist of the Year, which was won by David Pratt, foreign editor of The Herald/Sunday Herald. Said the judges of his work, it “stood out with scenes from hell portrayed with chilling clarity and analysed with such skill that even those suffering from the most deep seated compassion fatigue were shaken out of complacency”.

The judges felt, meanwhile, The Scotsman had “spades of debate and introduced many different voices”. The panel were “particularly impressed by its coverage of the election and its international section which showed real strength, covering world-wide stories with an eye to Scotland”.

The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award was Bill Jamieson, of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday. In January, it was reported he was stepping down as executive editor of The Scotsman. Two years ago, he was named Journalist of the Year at these awards.

Say the award organisers: “Inspired by the Irvine Valley News, whose printing press was next door to his home in Newmilns, Ayrshire, Bill started his career in the late 1960′s with his first articles appearing in The Scotsman in 1967. He has worked for newspapers including the Daily Express and the Sunday Telegraph and in 2000 he became executive editor of The Scotsman.

“Bill is a regular commentator on business and economic affairs and occasionally writes for The Spectator, Industry Europe and City AM. He has written and edited a number of books including An Illustrated Guide to the Scottish Economy (1998).”

Jamieson provided an upbeat assessment of the future for journalism, while also paying tribute to McLellan.

Among the category winners, Pratt was named Reporter of the Year and was also runner-up in the Newspaper Feature Writer category.

Also impressive was Aidan Smith, of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, winner of two prizes: Arts and Entertainment and also Sports Feature.

For a second year in a row, Peter Ross took the Magazine Writer prize and, also for the second year in a row, Jonathan Brocklebank took the Newspaper Feature Writer title.

In the Cartoonist category, the winner, Steven Camley, did one better than last year, where he was runner-up.

It was to prove a very good night for the Sunday Herald too.

The winners’ list reads:

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Lynne Cameron, Press Association

Runner-up: Craig Williamson, SNS Group

Nominated: James Gunn, Freelance

Robert Perry, Scotland on Sunday

Sammy Turner, SNS Group

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Wattie Cheung, Freelance

Runner-up: James Glossop, The Times

Nominated: Brian Anderson, Mirror Group

Jane Barlow, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday

Robert Perry, Scotland on Sunday

Ian Rutherford, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday

Gordon Terris, The Herald

CARTOONIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Steven Camley, The Herald

Runner-up: Frank Boyle, Edinburgh Evening News

Nominated: Brian Adcock, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday

Scott Clissold, Scottish Sunday Express

Pete Davidson, The Sunday Post

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Matthew Holehouse, The Herald/Sunday Herald

Runner-up: Kieran Andrews, Evening Telegraph

Nominated: Larisa Brown, Scottish Daily Mail

Andrew Burns, Dumfries and Galloway Standard

Rory Reynolds, Edinburgh Evening News

WEBSITE/DIGITAL PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

Winner: Ewan Watt, Daily Record

Runner-up: Stephen Emerson, The Scotsman

Nominated: Charles Fletcher, Caledonia Media

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Winner: The Northern Scot

Runner-up: The Inverness Courier

Nominated: The Falkirk Herald

Highland News

The Southern Reporter

ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Aidan Smith, Scotland on Sunday

Runner-up: Ali Howard, The Herald

Nominated: Brian Beacom, The Herald

Beverley Lyons, Daily Record

Brian McIver, Daily Record

Phil Miller, The Herald

MAGAZINE WRITER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Peter Ross, Scotland on Sunday

Runner-up: Claire Black, The Scotsman

Nominated: Brian Beacom, The Herald

Katie Mackintosh, Holyrood Magazine

Elizabeth McMeekin, Herald & Times Group

Chitra Ramaswamy, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday

POLITICAL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Alan Roden, Scottish Daily Mail

Runner-up: Simon Johnson, Daily Telegraph

Nominated: Mark Aitken, Sunday Mail

Eddie Barnes, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday

Tom Gordon, Sunday Herald

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Ian Bell, Sunday Herald

Runner-up: Kenny Farquharson, Scotland on Sunday

Nominated: Tam Cowan, Daily Record

John MacLeod, Scottish Daily Mail

John McTernan, The Scotsman

FINANCIAL/BUSINESS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Winner: Simon Bain, The Herald

Runner-up: Colin Dunlop Donald, Sunday Herald

Martin Flanagan, The Scotsman

Ian McConnell, The Herald

Tim Sharp, The Herald

Mark Williamson, The Herald

NEWSPAPER FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Jonathan Brocklebank, Scottish Daily Mail

Runner-up: David Pratt, The Herald/Sunday Herald

Nominated: Anna Burnside, Scotland on Sunday

Catherine Deveney, Sunday Herald/Scotland on Sunday

Iain MacWhirter, The Sunday Herald

SPORTS FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Aidan Smith, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday

Runner-up: Susan Swarbrick, The Herald

Nominated: Tom English, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday

John Greechan, Scottish Daily Mail

Keith Jackson, Daily Record

SPORTS NEWS WRITER OF THE YEAR

Winner: Keith Jackson, Daily Record

Runner-up: John McGarry, Scottish Daily Mail

Nominated: Graeme Croser, Scottish Mail on Sunday

Tom English, The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday

David Ferguson, The Scotsman

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR

Winner: Sunday Herald, Censored

Runner-up: The Scotsman, Revenge

Nominated: Edinburgh Evening News, What a Joke

Scotland on Sunday, Battle for Benghazi

The Sunday Post, Rediscover a warm, entertaining newspaper

JOURNALIST TEAM OF THE YEAR

Winner: Edinburgh Evening News, Edinburgh Trams Project

Runner-up: Scottish Daily Mail, Malcolm Webster

Nominated: Daily Record, Black Widower, Malcolm Webster

Evening Telegraph, Mary McLaren Verdict

Greenock Telegraph, Tall Ships Race 2011

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Winner: Evening Times, Streets Ahead

Runner-up: Evening Times, Opt for Life

Nominated: Edinburgh Evening News, Say No to Coe

Hamilton Advertiser, Hammer the Knife Thugs

The Big Issue Scotland, Save Kids from Cuts

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

Winner: Richard Walker, Sunday Herald, Censored – The Madness of Privacy Laws

Runner-up: Craig McDonald, Daily Record, Busted – Chris & Mary Gorman

Nominated: John McGarry, News of the World, Neil Lennon – I’m Here to Stay

Alan Roden, Scottish Daily Mail, Limos – John Reid and Luxury Limos

Michael Tait, Scottish Mail on Sunday, £161m Lottery Pair to Fund UK Break-Up

REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Winner: David Pratt, The Herald/Sunday Herald

Runner-up: Craig McDonald, Daily Record

Nominated: Patricia Kane, Scottish Mail on Sunday

Gavin Madeley, Scottish Daily Mail

Mark McGivern, Daily Record

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