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Scottish Press Awards – winners announced

It was a victorious night for The Daily Record at the 40th annual Scottish Press Awards as the newspaper scooped six prizes.

Scottish Press Awards – winners announced

The awards ceremony was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central last Thursday night (25 April).

The title won the Newspaper of the Year award and its political editor, David Clegg, was recognised with three wins, including Journalist of the Year, Political Journalist of the Year and Scoop of the Year for the story of Alex Salmond’s alleged misconduct.

Karin Goodwin from The Ferret and Sunday National was awarded the Nicola Barry prize, a prize introduced by the Scottish Press Awards last year in honour of the award-winning columnist and feature writer, who was known for campaign journalism during her career.

Other accolades announced included the Lifetime Achievement Award, which was awarded to Dorothy Grace Elder and The Scottish Daily Mail scooped two awards for Reporter of the Year, awarded to Graham Grant, and Front Page of the Year for its “The Day Scotland Ground to a Halt” splash.

Austin Lafferty, Chair of the Judges for the Scottish Press Awards, said: “In another year of high achievement for the Scottish Press and media, local and national, daily and weekly output of words and pictures has never been of better quality or relevance. But one newspaper has stood out with the scoop of the decade (at least). The Daily Record published the gigantic story of Alex Salmond’s investigation for alleged – and vehemently denied – misconduct. It has rebounded and re-echoed throughout the political and civil nation, and from a press perspective has been unbeatable.”

The full list of winners from the 40th annual Scottish Press Awards is as follows:

YOUNG JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Carla Jenkins, The Sunday Times

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Barry Didcock, The Herald and The Herald on Sunday

INTERVIEWER OF THE YEAR

Peter Ross

POLITICAL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

David Clegg, Daily Record

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR

Neil Mackay, The Herald and The Herald on Sunday

SPORTS COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR

Stephen McGowan, Scottish Daily Mail

FINANCIAL/BUSINESS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Graham Huband, The Courier

FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

Dani Garavelli, Scotland on Sunday and The Scotsman

SPORTS FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

Aidan Smith, The Scotsman

SPORTS NEWS WRITER OF THE YEAR

Andrew Devlin, The Scottish Sun

NEWS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Jeff Mitchell, Getty Images

SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Ian MacNicol, Getty Images

DIGITAL TEAM OF THE YEAR

The Scottish Sun, Thescottishsun.co.uk

OUTSTANDING DIGITAL JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Jonathan McFarlane, Daily Record

LOCAL/WEEKLY SPORTS WRITER OF THE YEAR

Callum Law, Evening Express

LOCAL/WEEKLY FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR

Tristan Stewart-Robertson, Clydebank Post

LOCAL/WEEKLY CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

“Time to Talk”, Wishaw Press

LOCAL/WEEKLY REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Dale Haslam, Evening Express

LOCAL/WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Fife Free Press

NICOLA BARRY AWARD

Karin Goodwin, The Ferret and Sunday National

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

David Clegg, Daily Record

FRONT PAGE OF THE YEAR

“The Day Scotland Ground to a Halt”, Scottish Daily Mail

REPORTER OF THE YEAR

Graham Grant, Scottish Daily Mail

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

“Mesh Campaign”, Sunday Post

JOURNALISM TEAM OF THE YEAR

“Beast from the East - live coverage”, Dailyrecord.co.uk

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Dorothy Grace Elder

JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

David Clegg, Daily Record

NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Daily Record