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Double win for reporter at press awards

EilidhA reporter and “worthy winner” scooped two prizes and an annual Scottish media awards ceremony.

Eilidh Davies, chief eporter with the Highland News, pictured left, was named Journalist of the Year and Reporter of the Year at the Highlands and Islands Media Awards.

Other winners included Newspaper of the Year, the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald, and Community Newspaper of the Year, which was retained by Am Pàipear, a newspaper serving the Uists in the Outer Hebrides.

The awards celebrates the press in an area stretching from Shetland to Argyll and Moray to the Outer Hebrides.

Gordon Fyfe, chairman of the awards’ judging panel, said: “Eilidh produced an excellent portfolio of news reports and features, all with a strong human interest element.

“She is a worthy winner and joins an elite group of writers and photographers to lift this coveted prize.”

The full list of winners was:

Best Use of Gaelic: Shona MacDonald, BBC Alba

Best Use of Digital Media: Am Pàipear, Uist

Photographer of the Year: Trevor Martin, freelance, Inverness

Top Shot of the Year: Willie Urquhart, West Highland Free Press

Young Journalist of the Year and the Alex Main Trophy: David Kerr, Press and Journal

Sports Reporter of the Year: Euan Paterson, Oban Times

Reporter of the Year and the Jim Love Memorial Trophy: Eilidh Davies, Highland News

Top Story of the Year: Jane Candlish, Press and Journal

Feature Writer of the Year: Jim Tait, Shetland Times

Community Newspaper of the Year: Am Pàipear, Uist

Newspaper of the Year: Strathspey and Badenoch Herald

Journalist of the Year: Eilidh Davies, Highland News

Barron Trophy for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism: Neil MacPhail, Press and Journal