STAFF at the Edinburgh Evening News are celebrating after scooping several prizes at the first in-house journalism awards run in Scotland by the paper’s publishers.
In competition with 26 other Johnston Press newspapers in Scotland – including The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday – the Evening News was named as a winner in six out of the eight categories in which it entered.
The awards are a recognition of a strong year at the News, which has broken a series of high-profile stories, including the Mortonhall Crematorium ashes scandal, NHS Lothian, the Edinburgh trams and the Suzanne Pilley murder.
In addition, the paper took full advantage of the first all-Edinburgh cup final in 116 years, producing a series of supplements that led to a sales boost of 40,000 copies in the ten days around the final.
The final also allowed staff to produce a fun video, Go East, which took the innovation award.
Editor, Frank O’Donnell, told allmediascotland.com: “This is recognition for the work of all staff on the title, who put in long, long hours to ensure the Edinburgh Evening News punches above its weight.
“Scotland’s evening dailies remain strong and continue to produce some of the most important journalism in the country.”
The winners’ list reads:
Story of the Year in Print and in Digital
Gina Davidson, Edinburgh Evening News
Journalist of the Year
Daniel Sanderson, Edinburgh Evening News
Stacey Mullen, Cumbernauld News/Kirkintilloch Herald Series
Editorial Design Award (front page of the year)
Mark Fearn, The Edinburgh Evening News
Kathryn Dunn and Charlie Cooper, Special Reports, TSPL
Photographer of the Year
Ian Rutherford, The Scotsman Publications
Michael Gillen, The Falkirk Herald
Sports Journalist of the Year
Jennifer Newton, The Arbroath Herald
Eric Mackinnon, The Stornoway Gazette
Best Use of Social Media
Edinburgh Evening News
The Edinburgh Evening News
Best Use of Digital
Edinburgh Evening News for Edinburgh’s Got Talent
Trainee Journalist of the Year
Jenny Kane, The Stornoway Gazette
Title of the Year (small weekly)
The Midlothian Advertiser
Title of the Year (large weekly)
The Falkirk Herald
Community Initiative Award
Fife Free Press
Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
Sales Team of the Year
Fife sales team
Best Sales Team for Digital Growth
Digital team at TSPL
Managing Director’s Award
John Gow, head of Admin Support Unit, TSPL