The Daily Record has been named newspaper of the year at the Scottish Daily Newspaper Society awards.
The judges said it was "about news, which is what a newspaper should be about”.
They said that “its characteristically strong human interest content, and improved across-the-board performance in what has been a difficult year make it a worthy winner”.
Speaking last night chairman of the judges Charles Wilson said: “In what has been a turbulent year in the media industry the quality of newspaper journalism has not faltered.
“Tonight’s awards have celebrated an inspiring display of
individual and team performances that have been acclaimed by both judges and professional peers in the audience.”
The full list of winners follows:
- Sports Photographer of the Year: Kenny Ramsay, The Scottish Sun
“The winner's portfolio was a clever balance of humour, thoughtful creative photography and instinctive reaction that included the fantastic shot that captured an infamous spitting incident."
- News photographer of the year: Mark Runnacles, Daily Record
- Arts/entertainment writer of the year: Catherine Deveney, Scotland on Sunday (winning for the fourth consecutive year).
- Cartoonist of the year: Steven Camley, The Herald
- Political journalist of the year: Paul Hutcheon, Sunday Herald
“All the qualities of old-fashioned reporting – enterprise, incisive research, hard work, tenacity and an overwhelming
desire to reveal the truth.”
- Young journalist of the year: Steve Dinneen, Sunday Mail
- Weekly newspaper journalist of the year: John Hutcheson, Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser
- Gaelic journalist of the year: Aonghas Padraig Caimbeul, An Gaidheal Ur
- Columnist of the year: Ian Bell, Sunday Herald
“If the columnist's role is to stimulate, this writer is an
- Financial/business writer of the year: Simon Bain, The Herald
“an inherent ability to put a very human face on what can
sometimes seem a rather dry area”
- Feature writer of the year: Michael Tierney, The Herald
- Runner up = Catherine Deveney, Scotland on Sunday
- Front page of the year: Scottish Daily Mail for "My Torment, By Angela Donald’.
- Journalist team of the year: Daily Record for “Kriss Donald”
- Campaign of the year: Shetland Times for “Free Sakchai”
“The judges were almost totally unanimous in their choice of an entry that had the four features of a classic newspaper campaign – it was brief, it was consistent and comprehensive in seeking support, it aroused the passions of the community and it was totally successful. It also aroused support in the national media and achieved a very happy ending.”
- Sports feature writer of the year: Tom English, Scotland on Sunday
- Sports news writer of the year: Iain King, The Scottish Sun
- Scoop of the Year: Natalie Walker, Daily Record
- Reporter of the year, David Leask, The Evening Times
- Lifetime achievement award: Fordyce Maxwell, formerly of the Scotsman.
- Journalist of the year: David Leask, Evening Times.
“The winner of Scotland's highest individual honour worked many weeks and invested a great deal of his own time in producing an outstanding piece of investigative journalism. He ventured into a social infrastructure alien to accepted normal behaviour and daily put himself in physical danger.
“He succeeded in getting under the skin of Glasgow's street-gang culture and explaining the inexplicable to readers.”
- Newspaper of the Year: Daily Record