Why Scottish Press Awards nomination success is a reward for original journalism - Neil McIntosh
But we wouldn't be human if we weren't also buoyed by recognition from our industry, especially through Scotland's foremost journalism awards – The Scottish Press Awards, now in their 44th year.
So I'm very proud indeed that our team of journalists have reaped an unusually strong haul of nominations for this year's awards, to be presented in June in Glasgow.
The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday have a total of 18 nominations, highlighting the titles' quality across a range of topics, and even mediums – scotsman.com is nominated for website of the year, while our podcast How to be an Independent Country is in the podcast of the year category.
Martyn McLaughlin's investigations have earned him a place in the shortlist for reporter of the year and specialist of the year, and Martyn is also featured in the financial & business reporter shortlist. Aidan Smith is recognised in both the sport feature writer, and sports columnist, categories.
Susan Dalgety and Euan McColm make the final six names for columnist of the year for their work in the Saturday Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, respectively.
Conor Matchett is shortlisted for political reporter of the year, while Janet Christie and Brian Ferguson feature in the arts and entertainment category. Ros Erskine and Catriona Thomson are shortlisted for their food and drink writing.
I'm also very proud of the team awards, which recognise work across the biggest stories of the year, with both The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday nominated for front page of the year, and journalism team of the year for coverage of the death of the Queen.
This note is not an entirely idle boast: it is also one of thanks, because without you, our loyal – and growing – community of Scotsman readers, we couldn't do our work. So thank you.
Our focus will remain on your needs, and a determination to continuing investing in our unique Scottish journalism... even as we raise a glass to our colleagues' recognition.
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