The shortlist for the 42nd Scottish Press Awards has been announced today (July 28, 2021), with a record number of awards up for grabs.
In celebration of the very best of national, regional and digital journalism from across the country in 2020, nine new awards have been introduced, bringing the total number of categories up to 33. The new categories are:
• Specialist Reporter
• Student Journalist
• Food and Drink Writer
• Travel Writer
• Best Coverage of a Live Event
• News Website
• Daily Newspaper of the Year
• Sunday Newspaper of the Year
• Chairman’s Award
The winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Glasgow on Wednesday, September 29, to be hosted by former BBC Scotland newsreader Jackie Bird.
This year’s judging panel was chaired by former Daily Record managing director and DC Thomson chief commercial officer Denise West who was joined by 36 independent judges, comprising 21 women and 15 men drawn from across the Scottish media, communications and public affairs industries.
Denise West said: “Every sector has faced a crisis in the past 18 months and the Scottish press was no different. As the country went into lockdown the role of independent news publishing was to keep the supply of trusted news flowing nationally and locally, so people could understand what was happening to them and to maintain open accountability at a time when democracy itself was closing down.
“From the entries to this year’s Scottish Press Awards, it’s clear that this was a challenge fully met by Scottish journalists up and down the country in the most trying of circumstances. The shortlists contain the very best of 2020’s work, but we should applaud the achievement of everyone in the industry, not just our finalists.
“The judges face a daunting task to select winners from some superb entries and we very much hope to congratulate our winners in person at the presentation night on September 29.”
The 42nd Scottish Press Awards are sponsored by VisitScotland, Royal Bank of Scotland, Diageo, Johnnie Walker Princes Street, Openreach, BIG Partnership, Women in Journalism Scotland, DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central, Event Consultants Scotland and SGN.
The list of finalists can be found below. Shortlists for the highly coveted Daily Newspaper of the Year, Sunday Newspaper of the Year and Journalist of the Year awards will be announced on the night. Weekly Newspaper of the Year finalists will be revealed in August.
The Scottish Press Awards were established by the Scottish Daily Newspaper Society (SDNS) 42 years ago and continues to be organised by the Scottish Newspaper Society.
They are the top awards for the Scottish newspaper industry, in both print and digital formats, and have flourished into a prestigious event in the diary of every journalist. The awards are the best showcase for Scottish journalistic talent.