The UK’s longest-serving editor is among those to have been honoured at the 41st Scottish Press Awards.
There were also wins for the Dundee Courier, which won Digital Team of the Year for its ‘Shaped by a River: Tales of the Tay’ special series, and The Scotsman’s Gina Davidson, who won the Nicola Barry Award in honour of campaigning journalism by women.
Other regional winners included the Fife Free Press, which was named Weekly Newspaper of the Year and the Lennox Herald, which won Local/Weekly Campaign of the Year.
The Greenock Telegraph’s David Goodwin was named Local/Weekly Reporter of the Year, while Norman Silvester, news reporter and investigative journalist at the Sunday Mail, was awarded both the Reporter of the Year Award and the coveted Journalist at the Year Award for his report of the death of prisoner Allan Marshall at Saughton Prison.
Scottish Newspaper Society director John McLellan said: “The awards show how important news publishing is to Scotland, locally or nationally; recognising and celebrating the good, exposing the bad, recording achievement for posterity, reflecting life in our communities, linking people and businesses.
“Without the steady source of trusted information our journalists provide, little of this would be possible.
“Be it on mobile, laptop, desktop or print, our titles reach more people than ever before, and much more quickly; the role Scottish journalists play was vital before, is vital now in the midst of the greatest crisis anyone has ever experienced, and will be even more vital in the recovery to come.”
The awards ceremony itself, which was due to take place today, was postponed last month due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
Paying tribute to Ian, John added: “44 years as editor of a single title is a truly remarkable achievement and one unlikely to be repeated any time soon.
“Under Ian, the West Highland Free Press remained defiantly independent and true to its radical roots, providing a distinctive voice for the people of Skye and beyond. We wish him a very long and happy retirement.”
The full list of winners is as follows:
Sports Photographer of the Year
Ian MacNicol, Getty Images
News Photographer of the Year
Jeff Mitchell, Getty Images
Arts/Entertainment Journalist of the Year
Barry Didcock, The Herald/Herald on Sunday
Young Journalist of the Year
Georgia Edkins, Scottish Mail on Sunday
Interviewer of the Year
Emma Cowing, Scottish Daily Mail
Political Journalist of the Year
Paul Hutcheon, Daily Record
Columnist of the Year
Melanie Reid, The Times
Local/Weekly Sports Writer of the Year
Paul Thomson, East Kilbride News
Sports Columnist of the Year
Michael Grant, The Times
Sports Feature Writer of the Year
Gary Keown, Scottish Mail on Sunday
Sports News Writer of the Year
Stephen McGowan, Scottish Daily Mail
Financial/Business Journalist of the Year
Greig Cameron, The Times
Local/Weekly Feature Writer of the Year
Jack Haugh, The Gazette
Feature Writer of the Year
Dani Garravelli, Scotland on Sunday/The Scotsman
Podcast of the Year
Gianni Marini, Democracy on your Doorstep
Video of the Year
Craig Sinclair, Edinburgh Evening News
Scoop of the Year
Thomas Brown, The Scottish Sun
Headline of the Year
Dundee Evening Telegraph
Front Page of the Year
The Scottish Sun
Journalism Team of the Year
Scottish Mail on Sunday
Digital Team of the Year
Local/Weekly Campaign of the Year
Campaign of the Year
Local/Weekly Reporter of the Year
David Goodwin, Greenock Telegraph
Reporter of the Year
Norman Silvester, Sunday Mail
The Nicola Barry Award
Gina Davidson, The Scotsman
Weekly Newspaper of the Year
Fife Free Press
Lifetime Achievement Award
Journalist of the Year
Newspaper of the Year
The Mail on Sunday