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Council ‘commends and congratulates’ daily for work on patch

Amy ShearerCouncillors have praised a regional daily for “maintaining its presence” in the area they serve.

David Goodwin and Amy Shearer, of the Greenock Telegraph, were praised by members of Inverclyde Council after being named as finalists at the Scottish Press Awards.

Council leader Stephen McCabe told the meeting Amy, pictured, who won Young Journalist of The Year at the PPA Scotland Awards in December, was an “inspiration to young people who want a career in journalism”.

The full council meeting, held on 24 February, also heard praise for the Telegraph’s newsroom as a whole.

Councillor Chris McEleny said: “It’s commendable that the Greenock Telegraph has managed to maintain its presence in Inverclyde.

“Almost all of the staff are based in Inverclyde and they care about Inverclyde.

“Considering that they’re up against national titles and they managed to outsell them, I think that’s something the council should commend and congratulate them on.”

Telegraph editor Brian Hossack told HTFP: “David and Amy are superb ambassadors for the Greenock Telegraph, as well as very accomplished reporters.

“David’s Scottish Press Award Regional Reporter of the Year win, followed by his place as a finalist, were as a result of good old fashioned investigative journalism, and it is nice to see that is still valued by a wide audience.

“Amy managed to win an award that crossed sectors, seeing off accomplished writers from every publishing sector, and that is testament to her talent.

“It was lovely to see both being commended by our council, with whom we enjoy a good working relationship, even when we have to take them to task.

“I would like to thank our elected members for their kind words and I know both David and Amy were also chuffed to be recognised in this way for the work they do representing Inverclyde.”