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Helen is Highlands Journalist of the Year

Highland News reporter Helen Bushnell has been named Highlands and Islands Journalist of the Year.

The 25-year-old collected her award from Deputy First Minister Jim Wallace at the Highlands and Islands Press Ball at the Newton Hotel in Nairn.

Helen, who has worked for the Highland News for three years, impressed judges with her range of news reports and features, and received £500 prize money – £300 of which will be donated to a charity of her choice.

  • Helen collects her award
  • Helen was one of 11 winners who collected awards on the night, and her award came as a particular surprise as it was the only one which had not been announced ahead of the ceremony.

    Other winners were: Young Journalist of the Year: Ally McGilvray, John O’Groat Journal; Sports Writer of the Year: Robert Leslie, Orkney Today; Local Newspaper Photographer of the Year, Eric Cormack, Northern Scot; Photographer of the Year, John Baikie, Caithness freelance; Local Newspaper Reporter of the Year, Gavin Musgrove, Strathspey and Badenoch Herald; Reporter of the Year, Peter Jones, Moray News Agency; Feature Writer of the Year, Claire Doughty, Highland News; Community Newspaper of the Year, The Touler, Tomintoul; Newspaper of the Year, Northern Scot and Martin Macdonald who received the Barron Trophy for lifetime achievement to journalism.

    Each category winner received £100 plus a bottle of whisky, with The Newspaper of the Year receiving £500 to donate to charity and The Community Newspaper of the Year receiving £300 – £100 of which will go to charity.

  • The Press Ball raised an estimated £3,500 which will be divided equally among four organisations – the Highland Hospice; the Sunshine Holiday Fund, the Tape Service for the Blind, and the Maggie’s Centre Highland Appeal.

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