The Daily Record was last night (April 16, 2015) crowned Scotland’s Newspaper of the Year for 2014 at the 36th annual Scottish Press Awards.
In total The Daily Record won five accolades at the ceremony at Glasgow’s Radisson Blu Hotel, with Keith Jackson named as Sports News Writer of the Year for the third year in a row. The paper also won Front Page of the Year for its splash ‘THE VOW’ about the plans to deliver more powers to the Scottish Parliament after the Referendum.
Winners of major individual awards also included Marion Scott from the Sunday Mail, who was named both Reporter and Journalist of the Year’.
The Daily Mail won Campaign of the Year for its Armed Police campaign, with the newspaper also winning Journalism Team of the Year.
The Daily Record took the award of Newspaper of the Year for the way in which it handled the debate of the referendum.
Commenting on the Daily Record’s Newspaper of the Year award, Chairman of the judges, Austin Lafferty said the newspaper’s coverage of the issue was: “A fine example of journalistic imagination, skill, and political nous.”
Weekly Newspaper of the Year went to Fife Free Press.
The awards are organised by the Scottish Newspaper Society (SNS). SNS director John McLellan said: “2014 was a year to remember and all our editorial teams more than stepped up to the plate to deliver some brilliant journalism which captured a significant moment in time.
“Scottish newspapers remained at the heart of the action and reaffirmed the industry’s ability to make vital contributions to the decisions affecting the lives of all Scots.
“Judging the awards is never easy and this year was more difficult than most, but it’s always a privilege to see the quality and diversity of coverage in our titles across all subjects.”
More pictures and a full list of winners and runners-up can be found here
The event was sponsored by Diageo, VisitScotland, Scotch Whisky Association, Clydesdale Bank, BIG Partnership, Vision Events, the Radisson Blu and was managed by Event Consultants Scotland.
A charity raffle on the night raised over £3,000 for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland.