By Hamish Mackay
Four Scottish entries are shortlisted in this year’s prestigious British Journalism Awards event which has attracted more than 800 submissions across 28 categories, including entries from every major news organisation in the UK.
Two journalists named in list have West Dunbartonshire connections – Samantha Poling, who started out with the Lennox Herald and Mark Daly who was with the Clydebank Post as a young reporter. Both journalists are now staffers with BBC Scotland.
The winners of the British Journalism Awards will be announced at a ceremony in the Hilton London Bankside on the evening of Wednesday 8 December.
Martyn McLaughlin of The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday is shortlisted in the Local Journalism category while Mark Daly, of BBC Scotland, has made the final eight contesting the Crime and Legal Affairs Journalism award. John Ferguson, of Scotland’s Sunday Mail, is shortlisted in the Anti-Corruption Journalism category while a four-person team from BBC Scotland, comprising Samantha Poling, Liam McDougall, Katie McEvinney and Shelley Joffre, are in the running for the Social Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion Journalism award.
West Dunbartonshire journalists Sam Poling and Mark Daly are short-listed for awards.
In most categories, the judges opted for shortlists of eight – reflecting the extremely high standard of submitted work. Now in its 10th year, the British Journalism Awards, run by Press Gazette, is the only media event of its kind in the UK. It’s open to all journalists, whichever medium they work in, and has a strong emphasis on celebrating work which serves the public interest.
Chairman of the judges, Dominic Ponsford, editor of Press Gazette, told me: ‘The judges and myself were in awe of the standard of work on display in this year’s event. Once again the British Journalism Awards underline the vital work our journalists do in exposing corruption, giving a voice to victims and holding the powerful to account.
‘When we started this event, the UK news industry was still reeling from the fallout of Leveson, hacking and the 2008 financial crash. This year’s finalists underline the quality, depth, confidence and impact our business has today at all levels – across local, national and specialist media.’
Six categories do not have a shortlist and the awards will be announced on the night along with the other winners including the award for Public Service Journalism which is sponsored by the Journalists’ Charity.