Refugee Week Scotland Media Awards 2012 Winners Announced

The winners of the 2012 Refugee Week Media Awards were announced last night at Glasgow's Tron Theatre. Organised by Scottish Refugee Council, British Red Cross and National Union of Journalists, the annual awards recognise exceptional coverage of refugee issues.

The winners are:

National print (News):

Winner: Martyn McLaughlin (The Scotsman piece on dawn raid on border police headquarters).

Runner Up: Craig McDonald (Daily Record piece on The Garden of Hope to mark British Red Cross’ International day of the Disappeared).

National print (Features):

Winner: Chitra Ramaswamy (The Scotsman piece on people persecuted for their sexuality).

Runner Up: Kathleen Morgan (The Herald Magazine piece on refugees facing new struggles as they try to rebuild new lives).

Local print:

Joint Winners

Greenock Telegraph for its series on the deportation of Nigerian student, John Oguchukwu who had strong connections in the area.

Fife Free Press for its series  on Nepalese Asylum Seeker, Kishor Dangol.

Photography:

Winner: Colin Mearns (Evening Times’ piece on The Red Cross Garden of Hope).

Runner Up: Angela Catlin (The Herald Magazine piece on refugees facing new struggles as they try to rebuild new lives).

Broadcast:

Newsnight Scotland: Reporter Derek Bateman’s piece on 60 Years of the UN Convention and Ian Berry's photographs for Magnum at the 2011 Refugee Week Scotland.

Special award (sponsored by NUJ Scotland):

New award for 2012: Evening Times for its coverage by Jasper Hamill on the Scottish Refugee Council’s Protection Appeal.

Gary Christie, Head of Policy and Communications, Scottish Refugee Council said: “The judges were very impressed with the overall quality of journalism in each of the different categories.  Our chosen winners are testament to the high calibre of fair and balanced reporting of our Scottish media."

Marie Hayes, British Red Cross Operations Director, West of Scotland, said: "It's very encouraging to see the amount and breadth of coverage that the media now gives to issues affecting asylum seekers and refugees. The quality of that coverage is of such a high standard that it made the selection of winners and runners up an extremely difficult task.

"We congratulate all those who won trophies and certificates but we would also like to thank the journalists who produce such consistently high quality stories on such an important topic."

Paul Holleran, Scottish Organiser, National Union of Journalists, said: “The judges were really impressed with this story and highlighted its campaigning qualities in line with the long tradition of The Evening Times. Journalism of this high calibre is why newspapers will continue to play a big part in our society, educating, entertaining and informing the public as they should.”

For further information contact Media Officers: Karin Goodwin (Mon-Wed) or Wendy Niblock (Thu-Fri) on 0141 223 7927 / 07850 930418 or email: media@scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk