THE associate editor at The Scottish Sun, Alan Muir, has been named Employee of the Year at an in-house awards ceremony for staff working for the paper’s publishers in Scotland.
Already nicknamed the NIPAs (News International People’s Awards), the event was set up to recognise not just journalists but other members of News international’s Scottish operation, including print and commercial staff.
Some 180 people gathered at the awards – held at the weekend and compered by comic, Raymond Mearns, a former classified ads employee, and Miss Scotland, Jennifer Reoch. As reported on allmediascotland.com last month, the staging of the NIPAs means there will be no Scottish Sun presence at the upcoming Scottish Press Awards.
Said David Dinsmore, general magager of News International (Scotland) but currently acting managing editor of The Sun: “It was a fantastic evening, which gave News International staff from across the entire Scottish operation the chance to meet each other, many for the first time.
“But this was also an opportunity for staff to celebrate each other’s successes in what, by any standards, has been a trying year. We hope the NIPAs, will now become an annual event.”
The full list of winners reads:
SALES PERSON OF THE YEAR – JILL GREENSHIELDS
SALES MANAGER OF THE YEAR – ANGELA LINDSAY
BUSINESS WIN OR DEVELOPMENT – DISPLAY – GARY GALLACHER
BUSINESS WIN OR DEVELOPMENT – CLASSIFIED – JETHRO BREMNER-ALLISON
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE – EDNA RAE
COMMERCIAL ABOVE & BEYOND – WENDY MacLEAN
COMMERCIAL VALUES CHAMPION – WENDY REITH
NEWS REPORTER OF THE YEAR – IRINA NELSON
NEWS SUB OF THE YEAR – MARC THOMSON
FEATURE WRITER OF THE YEAR – MATT BENDORIS
FEATURE PRODUCTION PERSON OF THE YEAR – TOM CHURCHILL
SPORTS WRITER OF THE YEAR – DEREK McGREGOR
SPORTS SUB OF THE YEAR – JIM BROUGH
ARTS GRAPHICS PERSON OF THE YEAR – STEVEN CASTELLUCCIA
BACK BENCHER OF THE YEAR – ALAN MUIR
PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR – ALAN EWING
PAGE PRODUCTION PERSON OF THE YEAR – JOHN O’HARE
BEST MARKETING CONTRIBUTION OF THE YEAR – SARAH BROPHY
BEST CUSTOMER SUPPORT SERVICE OF THE YEAR – DOUGIE LOGAN
NEWSPRINTERS EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR – SANDRA LANNIGAN
NEWSPRINTERS BUSINESS PARTNER EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR – KAY BRAIN
NEWSPRINTERS INITIATIVE OF YEAR – ALEX GRAHAM
NEWSPRINTERS UNSUNG HERO – GAVIN POOLE
PAUL CANNING SPORTS AWARD, IN MEMORY OF PAUL CANNING – PAUL CANNING’S FAMILY
NEWS INTERNATIONALUNSUNG HERO – MAUREEN GRANT
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR – ALAN MUIR