The Herald has won top honours at the Silver Anniversary of the Scottish Press Awards. As well as being crowned Scottish Newspaper of the Year, the paper won three other awards.
Editor Mark Douglas-Home was delighted at his paper’s success. He said: “This year has been a particularly good year for awards for The Herald. I am delighted for all the journalists at the paper who have all worked extremely hard to produce such a successful paper.”
The Scotsman also picked up four awards at the event, run by The Scottish Daily Newspaper Society, including Reporter of the Year, won by Gethin Chamberlain.
The judges commented on his work: “His reports from the front line graphically detailed the advance on Basra and his description of the taking of the city displayed his superb reporting skills.”
The winner of the Front Page of the Year category was the Edinburgh Evening News for its cover with an indistinguishable silhouette and a caption asking: “Have you seen this man?” following the police’s refusal to publish the picture of a killer on the run.
The Sunday Mail was the winner of both the campaign and scoop categories .
A special Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Hugh McIlvanney, who was also this year’s guest speaker.
The results were as follows: SDNS Scottish Newspaper of the Year: The Herald.
Sports Photographer of the Year: Ian Rutherford, The Scotsman.
News Photographer of the Year: Tony Nicoletti, Daily Record.
Arts/Entertainment Writer of the Year: Catherine Deveney, Spectrum, Scotland on Sunday.
Cartoonist of the Year: Steven Camley, The Herald.
Political Journalist of the Year: Jason Allardyce, Scotland on Sunday.
Weekly Newspaper Journalist of the Year: Donald Fraser, Highland News.
Gaelic Journalist of the Year: Angus Peter Campbell, The Scotsman.
Columnist of the Year: Alison Rowat, The Herald.
Young Journalist of the Year: Edd McCracken, Sunday Herald.
Financial/Business Writer of the Year: Ian McConnell, The Herald.
Feature Writer of the Year: Catherine Deveney, Spectrum, Scotland on Sunday.
Front Page of the Year: Ian Stewart, Edinburgh Evening News – “Have you Seen This Man?” Journalist Team of the Year: Charles Gall, Daily Record – “Arlene Fraser, Trial Ends.”
Sports Journalist of the Year: Bryan Cooney, Sunday Herald Sport.
Campaign of the Year: Marion Scott, Sunday Mail – “The De La Salle Campaign.”
Scoop of the Year: Crime Team, Sunday Mail – “Unmasked.”
Reporter of the Year: Gethin Chamberlain, The Scotsman.
Lifetime Achievement Award: Hugh McIlvanney.