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Scottish press honoured

The winners of this year’s Royal Bank of Scotland Press Awards have been announced.

The Sunday Herald has won the Newspaper of the Year title, along with the award for Best Foreign Coverage.

Sunday Herald editor Andrew Jaspan said: “This is a fitting tribute to the excellence of the entire Sunday Herald team and I am proud that we have achieved the ultimate accolade as Scotland’s Newspaper of the Year within two years of our launch.”

Business a.m., which was launched last September, won the three accolades of Best Design and Layout, Best Business Pages and Best Opinion Pages.

The judges described the paper as a “clear winner” of the business category, saying it had met its niche market “perfectly”.

The Scotsman scooped two awards at the ceremony, which honours quality in Scottish journalism. Its S2 supplement was named Best Scottish Newspaper Supplement of the Year, while the paper’s arts and entertainment coverage was judged to be the best in Scotland.

Gordon Young, editor-in-chief of the Carnyx Group which organised the event, said: “The judging panel’s views on the S2 supplement were very strong. They felt that in terms of its features it was very definitive, clear and concise, it has a very clear idea of who its target market is, and it has absolutely no qualms about delivering relevant editorial.”

The Scotsman’s sister paper, the Edinburgh Evening News, won the Best News Coverage title, while this year’s Best Features award went to the Sunday Times Scotland.

Other awards went to the Sunday Mail for Best Sport, The Herald for Best Legal Coverage and the Aberdeen Evening Express picked up the Chairman’s Award.

The judging panel in this year’s competition was chaired by Philippa Kennedy, editor of the UK Press Gazette, and also included John Brown of Glasgow City Council, brother of the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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