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Hack who 'monstered' Hillary in line for two awards

A journalist who caused a worldwide political storm when she published an off-the-record quote from one of Barack Obama’s staff has been shortlisted for two Scottish journalism awards.

The Scotman’s Gerri Peev made headlines across the planet when she quoted Obama’s foreign policy advisor Samantha Power calling Hillary Clinton a “monster” despite her immediately stating the comment was not for publication.

Gerri could take home scoop of the year and political journalist of the year in the 30th annual Scottish Press Awards, organised by the Scottish Daily Newspaper Society.

Mike Farrell, from the Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter, is up against hacks from big regional and national titles in the young journalist of the year category.

And his paper is also up against the nationals for the journalist team of the year prize for their coverage of two superbug deaths at a local hospital.

The awards ceremony takes places in Glasgow in 23 April. The full shortlist is:

Scoop of the Year

Lucy Adams, The Herald
Megrahi Wife’s Plea: Set my husband free to die

Graham Grant, Scottish Daily Mail
The Ultimate Big Brother

Gerri Peev, The Scotsman
Hillary’s a Monster

Jane Simpson, Scottish Mail on Sunday
Couple to lose family for being too fat

Donna Watson, Daily Record
Referee Rev’s Romps with Sunday School Miss

Caroline Wilson, Evening Times
Councillor Kalashnikov

Weekly Newspaper of the Year

Falkirk Herald
Kilmarnock Standard
Ayrshire Post
Wishaw Press
West Highland Free Press

Reporter of the Year

Lucy Adams, The Herald
Derek Alexander, Sunday Mail
Charles Lavery, Sunday Mail
Brian Lewis, Scottish Sun
David Pratt, Sunday Herald

Financial/Business Journalist of the Year

Simon Bain, The Herald
Bill Jamieson, The Scotsman
Will Lyons, Scotland on Sunday
Peter MacMahon, The Scotsman
John Penman, Sunday Times Scotland

Newspaper Feature Writer of the Year

Jonathan Brocklebank, Scottish Daily Mail
Allan Brown, Sunday Times
Anna Burnside, Sunday Times
Gavin Madeley, Scottish Daily Mail
Peter Ross, Scotland on Sunday

Magazine Writer of the Year

Vicky Allan, Sunday Herald
Adam Forrest, Big Issue
David Pratt, Sunday Herald
Peter Ross, Scotland on Sunday

Columnist of the Year

Bill Jamieson, The Scotsman
George Kerevan, The Scotsman
Hardeep Singh Kohli, Scotland on Sunday
Bill Leckie, Scottish Sun
Joan McAlpine, Sunday Times Scotland

Campaign of the Year

The Big Issue – Time to Make Bills Add up
The Scotsman – HBOS Questions that Must be Answered
Sunday Mail – Free our Hero Dad
Edinburgh Evening News – School Lunches
Evening Times – Factors: Fighting for a Fairer Deal

Front Page of the Year

Daily Record – Monster
Scotland on Sunday – Scotland over a Barrel
Scottish Sun – Beaten and Battered
Evening Express – We Will Never Forget
Sunday Mail – The Greatest

Journalist Team of the Year

Daily Record – Tobin: The Monster
Scottish Daily Mail – Did he Kill 15 Other Girls?
Scottish Sun – Beaten and Battered
Scottish Mail On Sunday – Kenny Richey: My Story
Dumbarton Reporter – Killer at the Vale

Political Journalist of the Year

Eddie Barnes, Scotland on Sunday
Paul Hutcheon, Sunday Herald
Hamish MacDonnell, The Scotsman
Andrew Nicoll, Scottish Sun
Gerri Peev, The Scotsman

Sports Feature Writer of the Year

Douglas Alexander, Sunday Times Scotland
Tom English, Scotland on Sunday
Doug Gillon, The Herald
Martin Greig, The Herald
Brian Marjoribanks, Scottish Daily Mail

Sports News Writer of the Year

Doug Gillon, The Herald
Robert Grieve, Scottish Sun
Keith Jackson, Daily Record
Iain King, Scottish Sun
Bill Leckie, Scottish Sun

Arts/Entertainment Journalist of the Year

Matt Bendoris, Scottish Sun
Allan Brown, Sunday Times Scotland
Anna Burnside, Sunday Times Scotland
Beverly Lyons, Daily Record
David Robinson, The Scotsman

Cartoonist of the Year

Steven Camley, The Herald
Scott Clissold, Scottish Sunday Express
Bill McArthur, The Herald
Nick Newman, Sunday Times Scotland
Brian Petrie, Scottish Sun

Young Journalist of the Year

Mike Farrell, Dumbarton and Vale of Leven Reporter
Fiona Gray, Scotland on Sunday
Stuart Macdonald, Sunday Times Scotland
Helen McArdle, Sunday Herald
Brendan Perring, Sunday Times Scotland

Gaelic Journalist of the Year

Aonghas Caimbeul, West Highland Free Press
Alasdair H Caimbeul, The Scotsman
Joy Dunlop, An Gàidheal Ùr
Niall O’Gallagher, BBC Alba
Andreas Wolff, Scottish Catholic Observer

News Photographer of the Year

Colin Mearns, The Herald
George Munro, Greenock Telegraph
Tony Nicoletti, Daily Record
Phil Wilkinson, Scotland on Sunday

Sports Photographer of the Year

Jane Barlow, The Scotsman
David Henderson, Scottish Sun
Peter Kelly, Scottish Sun
Alasdair Macleod, Sunday Mail
Tom Main, Freelance

Multimedia Journalist of the Year

Iain Hepburn, Daily Record
Beverley Lyons, Daily Record
David Maddox, The Scotsman