Scots journalists recognised for outstanding coverage of refugee and asylum issues

 

Journalists and photographers who have provided outstanding, fair and accurate coverage of refugee and asylum issues in Scotland were recognised last week at the annual Refugee Week Scotland Media Awards.

Hosted by British Red Cross, the Awards were announced on Friday 24 June at a ceremony at the Tron Theatre.

Comedian Susan Calman led the proceedings to award the best and fairest reporting and photography of refugee and asylum issues in Scottish press and broadcast.

The quality of the entries was really high this year, making work difficult for the judging panel, made up of Scottish industry professionals and exiled journalists from across the world.

The winners are as follows:

Photography:

  • Winner: Angela Catlin, ‘In Sudan the army shot you one time…’, published in the Herald magazine, 25/06/10
  • Runner up: Robert Ormerod, ‘The final curtain’, published in the Sunday Times Spectrum Magazine, 06/03/11
  • Third shortlisted entry: Chris Clark, ‘Sanctuary city’, published in the Big Issue Scotland, 14/06/10

Local print:

  • Winner: Rebecca Gray, ‘We're back to school without our Precious pal’, published in Evening Times, 25/08/10
  • Runner up: Julie Gilbert, ‘Kingsway - 10 years of sanctuary’, published in Clydebank Post, 05/05/10
  • Third shortlisted entry: Stewart Patterson and Jasper Hamill, ‘Taking over the asylum’, published in Evening Times, 11/11/10

Broadcast:

  • Winner: Nyakio Ngungu and Grace Kitenge, Kim and Grace Show, Radio Kilimanjaro
  • Runner up: Neal Parsons, ‘Marlene - one girl's story’, Young Scot podcast

National print news:

  • Winner: Paula Murray, ‘Scotland doesn't lock up asylum seeker children…’ published in Scottish Sunday Express, 13/06/10
  • Runner up: Annie Brown, ‘She’s alive’, published in the Daily Record, 30/08/10
  • Third shortlisted entry: Gareth Rose, ‘Last week: “No more asylum children locked up”, This week: Baby girl, 8 months, held at Dungavel’, published in The Scotsman, 18/05/10

National print features:

  • Winner: Billy Briggs, ‘In Sudan the army shot you one time…’ , published in the Herald magazine, 25/06/10
  • Runner up: Adam Forrest, ‘Sanctuary City’, published in the Big Issue Scotland, 14/06/10

For more information contact Jo Harvie, British Red Cross, on 0141 331 4170, jharvie@redcross.org.uk

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Notes to Editors:

  • The Refugee Week Scotland Media Awards is organised by British Red Cross, with support from Scottish Refugee Council, National Union of Journalists, UNHCR (the United Nations Refugee Agency), Oxfam Scotland and the Exiled Journalists’ Network.
  • The Awards are part of Refugee Week Scotland, which this year ran from June 20-26. For more information see www.refugeeweekscotland.com
  • Refugee Week Scotland is co-ordinated by Scottish Refugee Council.
  • Refugee Week is a UK-wide programme of arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and encourages a better understanding between communities. Refugee Week 2011 will take place from June 20-26 at venues across Scotland. See www.refugeeweekscotland.com
  • The purpose of Refugee Week is to deliver positive educational messages that counter fear, ignorance and negative stereotypes of refugees, through arts, cultural and educational events that celebrate the contribution of refugees to the UK, and promote understanding about the reasons why people seek sanctuary.
  • Refugee Week was first held in 1998, and was created in response to the increasingly negative perceptions of refugees and asylum seekers held by the general public in Britain. It remains the only UK-wide event that promotes the importance of sanctuary and the benefits it can bring to both refugees and host communities.

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