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Regional journalists to be honoured for work covering refugees

Nan SpowartRegional journalists are set to be honoured for their work covering the lives of refugees.

The Scottish Refugee Council has announced the shortlist for this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland Media Awards, which will be held on Thursday.

The awards, organised in partnership with the National Union of Journalists, honour the “exemplary work of journalists in Scotland covering refugee and asylum issues”.

In a category specifically for Local News, Aberdeen Press & Journal journalists Lindsay Bruce and Tucker Tangeman are jointly nominated, while Greater Govanhill’s community reporters and the Dundee Courier’s Amie Flett are also shortlisted.

The Glasgow Herald’s Catriona Stewart is up for the News award, while Nan Spowart, pictured, of the Herald’s Newsquest sister title the Sunday National, has received a double nomination in the Features category.

Patricia-Ann Young, of DC Thomson newspaper the Sunday Post, is also shortlisted for that prize.

Scottish Refugee Council chief executive Sabir Zazai described this year’s shortlist as “an impressive and crucial contribution” to the dialogue around people seeking protection in the UK.

He added: “It has never been more important to report to tell the stories of people seeking sanctuary in a responsible way that puts the people behind the headlines first.”