Freelance journalist triumphs in STV online writing competition

A FREELANCE journalist has won an online writing competition, run by Scottish broadcasters, STV.

David Coyle beat off the challenge of, says STV, “a huge number of entries from aspiring columnists across Scotland”,  to take the six-month writing contract that was up for grabs as the first prize in The Write Factor competition.

The contract is to write columns on the STV website.

David has been working as a journalist for the past ten years. The competition was launched in October, promising a fee to the winner of at least £5,000. Initial entries where whittled down to a shortlist of ten.

The competition was launched by STV web editor, Robert Dawson Scott, who says the standard of the top entries was very high. He said: “There’s no doubt we found some fantastic writing talent through The Write Factor competition … I’m delighted that David is now on board as an columnist.”

Said Coyle, in a statement issued by STV: “It’s great to be joining one of the fastest-growing websites in Scotland. I hope my columns cause a bit of controversy and really provoke opinion – it’s opinions and debate that help change things and make a difference, after all.”

The finalists’ entries can be found on the website.