Alumni of the Year prize awarded by students to the BBC’s Catriona Shearer

THE BBC Scotland newsreader, Catriona Shearer, has been named Alumni of the Year by journalism students at Edinburgh Napier University.

The awards – launched this year and organised by students, Andy Mackie, Jenny Kassner and Rachel Watson – follow a recent series of public talks by media professionals to students, called Media Mondays.

Hosting the first-ever ‘Napiers’ was broadcaster, Kirsty Wark (pictured, left, with Shearer).

In a media release issued by the university, Mackie is quoted, as saying: “The aim of the ‘Napiers’ was to allow journalism students to recognise those in the industry who have influenced and inspired us.

“It has been fantastic to welcome guests such as Allan Little and Val Atkinson to Media Mondays, with the opportunity to interact and learn from them. The awards ceremony was an extension of this and allowed students to meet those who have led them to follow a career in the media.”

The ‘Napiers’ list in full reads:

Scottish Print Journalist of the Year

Winner: Iain Macwhirter – Sunday Herald

Nominated: Eddie Barnes – Scotland on Sunday/Scotsman

Aidan Smith – Scotland on Sunday/Scotsman

Scottish Broadcast Journalist of the Year

Winner: Allan Little – BBC special correspondent

Nominated: Brian Taylor – BBC Scotland’s political editor

Phil Goodlad – BBC Scotland sports reporter

Edinburgh Napier Alumni of the Year

Winner: Cat Shearer – BBC Scotland newsreader

Nominated: Chris McLaughlin – BBC Scotland senior football reporter

Atholl Duncan – Former BBC Scotland head of News and Current Affairs

Scottish Publication of the Year

Winner: The Skinny

Nominated: Sunday Herald

Holyrood Magazine