Media Awards: Sports Journalism Awards 2014

THE Herald’s Doug Gillon was among a handful of Scots entries to be highly commended at an awards ceremony celebrating the best of UK sports journalism.

Gillon was highly commended in the Regional Writer category of the Sports Journalism Awards 2014, run by the Sports Journalists’ Association of Great Britain, while Hazel Irvine was a highly commended in the Broadcast Sports Presenter category.

They were joined by photographer, Ian MacNicol (highly commended in the Sports Portfolio category) and by Edinburgh University student, Alex Walker (highly commended in the David Welch Student Sports Writer category).

The SJA Sports Newspaper of the Year prize went to the Daily Mail. Until recently, the paper’s sports editor was Les Snowdon, former Scotland on Sunday editor and now editor of the Scotland edition of The Times.

The winners and highly commended list reads as follows:

SJA Sports Writer of the Year 2014 

Martin Samuel – Daily Mail

SJA Sports Photographer of the Year 2014 

Adrian Dennis – AFP

SJA Sports Newspaper of the Year 2014 

Daily Mail

SJA Doug Gardner Award for services to sports journalism 

Mike Ingham

Broadcast Sports Presenter 

Winner: Eleanor Oldroyd – BBC Radio 5Live

Highly Commended: Gary Lineker – BBC Sport

Highly Commended: Hazel Irvine – BBC Sport

Broadcast Journalist 

Winner: Mike Costello – BBC Radio 5Live

Highly Commended: Alison Mitchell – Freelance

Highly Commended: Ronald McIntosh – Freelance

Television Sport Live Broadcast 

Winner: Commonwealth Games – BBC Sport

Highly Commended: Football World Cup – BBC Sport

Highly Commended: Aviva Premiership Final 2014 – Sunset and Vine

Radio Sport Live Broadcast 

Winner: Commonwealth Games – BBC Radio 5Live

Highly Commended: Football World Cup – talkSPORT

Highly Commended: Tour De France – BBC Radio Leeds

Television Sports Documentary 

Winner: The Crazy Gang – BT Sport

Highly Commended: MOTD at 50 – BBC Sport

Highly Commended: An Ordinary Hero – BT Sport

Radio Sports Documentary 

Winner: Kick Off Mental Health – talkSPORT

Highly Commended: Rumble in the Jungle – BBC Radio 5Live

Highly Commended: Pendleton : Mind of a Cyclist – BBC Radio 5Live

Highly Commended: 3.59.4 – BBC Radio Oxford

Best Special Package 

Winner: Daily Mirror – Cheltenham

Highly Commended: The Times – For the Good of the Game

Highly Commended: Racing Post – World Cup Betting Guide

Laureus Sports Website 

Winner: Guardian

Highly Commended: Telegraph

Highly Commended: BBC Sport

Specialist Sports Website 

Winner: Sporting Intelligence

Highly Commended: Project Babb

Highly Commended: Boxing News

Sports Scoop 

Winner: Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert – Sunday Times

Highly Commended: Matt Lawton – Daily Mail / Mail on Sunday

Highly Commended: Paul Hayward – Telegraph

Ladbrokes Specialist Correspondent

Winner: Paul Mahoney – Freelance

Highly Commended: Alan Lee – The Times

Highly Commended: James Corrigan – Telegraph

Investigative Sports Reporter 

Winner: Heidi Blake and Jonathan Calvert – Sunday Times

Highly Commended: Owen Gibson – Guardian

Highly Commended: Nick Harris – Mail on Sunday

Sports Columnist 

Winner: Martin Samuel – Daily Mail

Highly Commended: Matthew Syed – The Times

Highly Commended: Patrick Collins – Mail on Sunday

Sports Feature Writer

Winner: Paul Hayward – Telegraph

Highly Commended: David Walsh – Sunday Times

Highly Commended: Donald McRae – Guardian

Sports News Reporter 

Winner: Matt Lawton – Daily Mail/Mail on Sunday

Highly Commended: Martyn Ziegler – Press Association

Highly Commended: Nick Hoult – Telegraph

Cricket Writer 

Winner: Mike Atherton – The Times

Highly Commended: Vic Marks – Guardian / Observer

Highly Commended: Sclyd Berry – Telegraph

Football Writer 

Winner: Henry Winter – Telegraph

Highly Commended: Daniel Taylor – Guardian / Observer

Highly Commended: Rory Smith – The Times

Rugby Writer 

Winner: Stephen Jones – Sunday Times

Highly Commended: Steve James – Telegraph

Highly Commended: Mick Cleary – Telegraph

Regional Writer 

Winner: Jon Colman – CN Group

Highly Commended: Doug Gillon – The Herald, Glasgow

Highly Commended: Mark Douglas – Newcastle Chronical and Journal

Young Sports Writer 

Winner: James Gheerbrant – BBC Sport / The Times

Highly Commended: Jack Gaughan – Daily Mail

Highly Commended: Adam Crafton – Daily Mail

David Welch Student Sports Writer 

Winner: Mark Critchley, City University London

Highly Commended: Peter Fielding, Pates Grammar School, Cheltenham

Highly Commended: Alex Walker, Edinburgh University

Sports Picture 

Winner: Matthew Lewis – Getty Images

Highly Commended: James Maloney – Trinity Mirror

Highly Commended: Steve Etherington – Freelance

Sports Portfolio 

Winner: Adrian Dennis – AFP

Highly Commended: Lee Smith – Action Images

Highly Commended: Ian MacNicol – Freelance

Specialist Sports Portfolio 

Winner: Gareth Copley – Getty Images

Highly Commended: Ed Whitaker – Racing Post

Highly Commended: Steve Etherington – Freelance

Sports News Picture 

Winner: Graham Chadwick – Daily Mail

Highly Commended: Dylan Martinez – Reuters

Highly Commended: Henry Browne – Action Images