The Stornoway Gazette won the Newspaper of the Year and Best use of Digital Media awards at this year’s Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards.
It was a great year for the islands, which were well represented among the winners with Uist based Am Paipear picking up the Community Newspaper of the Year award and Alistair Walker from Fios in Ness winning the title of Young Journalist of the Year.
Held annually, the awards recognise excellence in journalism from writers, photographers and editors and celebrate the wide range of newspapers, broadcast media and online news services which keep the region informed.
The winners were revealed on Friday night at an awards ceremony in the New Drumossie Hotel, Inverness.
Stornoway Gazette Editor, Melinda Gillen, commented: “We are all absolutely delighted to have won the awards for Highlands and Islands Newspaper of the Year and best Use of Digital Media.
“It has been an exciting time for the Stornoway Gazette with the relaunch of the newspaper in May last year and our online audience growing every month.
“It was also great to see the islands so well represented in the awards list with Am Paipear and Fios also celebrating fantastic success at the Media Awards.”
This year the Highlands and Islands Press Ball and Media Awards is sponsored principally by Diageo with additional support for the Media Awards from Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Fujitsu. BT Scotland and Chivas Brothers have continued to support the Press Ball. Lucid PR, Events and Marketing have organised the event for a third year.
Media professionals and outlets from across the length and breadth of the region featured in the short list.
The Highlands and Islands Press Ball in its current form was started by John Ross in 1989. A previous event had been running for many years in Inverness, but its latest incarnation extended the event to include the Northern and Western Isles, Argyll and Moray as well as the Highland mainland.
Now celebrating its 26th year, the Press Ball brings together colleagues from Shetland, Orkney, the Outer Hebrides, Caithness, Sutherland, Ross-shire, Inverness, Nairn, Moray, Strathspey, Lochaber, Argyll and Skye, as well as from Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh and beyond.