Scots Trio Battling it out for Title of Regional Young Journalist of the Year

Half of the nominations for the title, Young Journalist of the Year, at this year's Regional Press Awards, are based in Scotland.

Ryan Crighton, from the Press and Journal, and Matthew Holehouse and Chris Watt, both from the Herald & Times Group, are battling it for the prize, along with rivals from Derby and Yorkshire.

The shortlist – unveiled by organisers, the Society of Editors – also includes two Scotland-based candidates in the Weekly Sports Journalist of the Year category: Eric Mackinnon, from the West Lothian Courier, and Colin Paterson, from the Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser.

The West Lothian Courier gets a second nomination, this time courtesy of Stuart Vance, in the Weekly Photographer of the Year section.

In total, there are nine Scots nominations among the UK-wide total of 141, with the Press and Journal in the running for Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year (for newspapers with a circulation over 25,000) and The Herald's Simon Bain shortlisted as Business and Finance Journalist of the Year.

The Greenock Telegraph has also been nominated, in the Campaign of the Year category: for 'You Saved Tea Bar'.

In a statement issued by the Society of Editors, category judges are said to have considered more than 750 entries. The winners will be announced on the 11th of next month.

Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors, is quoted, saying: “The judges faced a formidable task and the rare privilege of reading thousands of words gathered together in brilliant entries that reflect the variety, vitality and sheer excellence of local and regional newspapers, which are of course the best in the world.

“In some cases the entries were so strong in quality as well as numbers that it was simply impossible to choose only six for each shortlist.”

The shortlist reads:

Business & Finance Journalist of the Year

Simon Bain The Herald, Glasgow

Jon Griffin Birmingham Mail

Robin Johnson Derby Telegraph

Catherine Lea Hull Daily Mail

Owen McAteer The Northern Echo

Michael Ribbeck Bristol Evening Post

Digital Innovation of the Year

Birmingham Mail Communities Birmingham Mail

Greater Manchester Police 24 Manchester Evening News

How YOU will bear the brunt of the cuts Manchester Evening News

Hunt for Raoul Moat NCJ Media Newcastle

The Pinkun Norwich The Pinkun, Norwich (

Virtual Reality Museum of Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Daily/Sunday Photographer of the Year

Christopher Booth The Northern Echo

Anthony Chappel-Ross The Press, York

Matthew Horwood Media Wales

Gareth Jones Liverpool Daily Post and Echo

Mark McCormick Sunday Life

Liz Pearce Media Wales

Scoop of the Year

Mary Griffin Woman caught dumping cat in wheelie bin Coventry Telegraph

Shaun Jepson We find the runaway sex fiend Derby Telegraph

Keeley Knowles Teen banned from US over Obama hate mail Bedfordshire on Sunday

Jeanette Oldham Asylum missing millions Sunday Mercury

Martin Shipton Long List of S4C TV shows with zero viewers Media Wales

Lui Stracci Pakistan Murder trial accused living on benefits Luton and Dunstable Express

Young Journalist of the Year

Ryan Crighton The Press and Journal

Claire Duffin Derby Telegraph

Matthew Holehouse The Herald, Glasgow

Joe Shute Yorkshire Post

Dan Warburton NCJ Media

Chris Watt Herald and Times, Glasgow

Feature Writer of the Year

Laura Davis Liverpool Daily Post

Lee Marlow Leicester Mercury

Rod Mc Phee Yorkshire Evening Post

David O’Dornan Sunday Life

Dave Owens Media Wales

Adam Wakelin Leicester Mercury

Gail Walker Belfast Telegraph

Weekly Photographer of the Year

Ian Cooper Chester Chronicle

Stephen Garnett Craven Herald

Chris Gleave Manchester Evening News and Weekly group

Sean Hansford Rochdale Observer

Stuart Vance West Lothian Courier

Stuart Walker The Cumberland News

Daily/Sunday Sports Journalist of the Year

Paul Abbandonato Media Wales

Jon Colman News and Star, Carlisle

Andy Cryer Lancashire Telegraph

John Gibson Evening Chronicle, Newcastle

James Robson Manchester Evening News

Martin Smith The Star, Sheffield

Anthony Vickers Evening Gazette, Middlesbrough

Daily/Sunday Reporter of the Year

Bimpe Archer The Irish News

Adam Aspinall Sunday Mercury

Ben Kendall Eastern Daily Press

Allison Morris The Irish News

Jeanette Oldham Sunday Mercury

Martin Shipton Media Wales

Dan Thompson Manchester Evening News

Front Page of the Year

Temper Graffiti Birmingham Post

Help Us Grow Bristol Evening Post

A Day When Derry Changed Derry News

Get In Evening Chronicle, Newcastle

Our City Divided Manchester Evening News

Hurricane’s Epitaph Sunday Life

The Gull Menace The Bath Chronicle

Specialist Writer of the Year

Ciaran Barnes Crime Reporter Sunday Life

Alison Dayani Health Correspondent Birmingham Mail

Tom Dowling Disability All Together NOW!

Nicky Harley Court Reporter Hull Daily Mail

Shaun Lintern Health Correspondent Express & Star, Wolverhampton

Vicki Mathias Health Reporter Bristol Evening Post

Becky Sheaves Food and Drink Editor Western Morning News

Charles Walker Local Government Nottingham Post

Columnist of the Year

Gavin Aitchison The Press, York

Simon Carr Southern Daily Echo

John Connery News Letter, Ulster

Colin Drury The Star, Sheffield

Ian Midgley Hull Daily Mail

Erik Petersen Nottingham Post

Weekly Sports Journalist of the Year

Jon Colman The Cumberland News

Chris Harby Melton Times

Amanda Little The Cumberland News

Eric Mackinnon West Lothian Courier

Colin Paterson Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser

David Powell North Devon Journal

Designer of the Year

Ian Bond Hull Daily Mail

Neil Cammies Media Wales

Peter Devine Manchester Evening News

Alan Formby-Jackson Evening Gazette, Middlesbrough

Angela Swann Oxford Mail

Doug Young NCJ Media

Weekly Reporter of the Year

Anthony Bonnici West Briton

Paul Francis The Kent Messenger

Charlotte Richardson Weston, Worle & Somerset Mercury

John Siddle Trinity Mirror Merseyside Weeklies

Lui Straccia Luton & Dunstable Express

Janine Yaqoob Trinity Mirror Merseyside Weeklies

Campaign of the Year

Give Water, Give Life Derby Telegraph

Make it Marham Eastern Daily Press

End the Indignity Evening News, Norwich

You Saved Tea Bar Greenock Telegraph

Air Angels Sunday Sun

Jet Set NHS The Irish News

Safety Net The Northern Echo

Communities in Need Yorkshire Post

Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year (above 25k)

East Anglian Daily Times

Press & Journal

The Irish News

The Journal

Sunday Life

Yorkshire Post

Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year (below 25k)

Cambridge News

Evening Star, Ipswich

Lincolnshire Echo

News & Star, Carlisle

Oxford Mail

The Gazette, Blackpool

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (above 20k)

Chester Chronicle

Cumberland News

Essex Chronicle

North Devon Journal

Somerset County Gazette

South London Press

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (below 20k)

Bath Chronicle

Derry News

Ham & High

Northumberland Gazette

Oxford Times

The Cornishman

Regular Supplement of the Year

Banter Magazine Bristol Evening Post

Crime Files Birmingham Mail

City Life Manchester Evening News

The Pink Un Eastern Daily Press

Weekend Gloucestershire Echo

Weekend Magazine Belfast Telegraph

Western Mail Magazine Western Mail

Special Supplement of the Year

250th Anniversary Bath Chronicle

140th Anniversary Eastern Daily Press

Election Saturday Special Ham & High

Sportsdesk Oxford Mail

All Ireland Football Final The Irish News

Farewell to the Ark The News, Portsmouth