Judging Results for Refugee Festival Scotland Media Awards 2016

Refugee Media Awards 2016 Winners
Refugee Media Awards 2016 Winners

Stories about the warm welcome extended by Scots to refugees, the struggles and joys of recently arrived refugees from Syria across Scotland and investigations into asylum housing were among the topics covered by entries to the Refugee Festival Scotland Media Awards 2016 awards.

The awards ceremony was hosted on Thursday June 16 at St Luke’s, Glasgow by the Scottish Refugee Council, the British Red Cross and the National Union of Journalists.

 This year, the awards are more important than ever, as the world is in the midst of the worst refugee crisis since World War II.

The high standard of entries reflects the continued commitment of many of Scotland’s journalists to fair and accurate coverage of refugee and asylum issues. 

This year a new category was added – that of Refugee Champion, won by the Daily Record. This special prize is awarded to a journalist or media outlet that the judges feel makes a special contribution to the cause of refugees through a campaign, through campaigning journalism or through use of a column to promote the rights of refugees.

John Wilkes, chief executive of the Scottish Refugee Council chief, said: “This year has seen an unprecedented number of entries for the Refugee Festival Scotland Media Awards, as journalists in Scotland tell the stories of displacement that are the sad result of conflict and persecution in many countries of the world.

“We’ve also read many tales of struggle here in Scotland, with many refugees facing challenges from housing problems to destitution. While this makes tough reading, there have also been some heart-warming tales of welcome, and connection between Scots and their new neighbours.

“Balanced and accurate reporting and storytelling is more important than ever for refugees, and has a major role in shaping a positive future for them here in Scotland. We look forward to celebrating some of this excellent work next week, once our judging panel of refugee and journalism experts have made their decisions. With so many great stories, they have a tough job to do.”

Marie Hayes, director of the British Red Cross in Scotland, said: “There has been a huge amount of media interest in the European refugee crisis and the Syrian situation over the past year and the quality of the journalism has, on the whole, been excellent.

“The Red Cross is delighted to be involved with the Refugee Festival Scotland Media Awards, which reward fair, accurate and balanced reporting of matters affecting refugees and asylum seekers. Quality journalism helps destroy the myths and misconceptions about people who flee to this country to escape conflict or persecution.”

Paul Holleran, National Organiser, NUJ Scotland, said: “It is essential to highlight the quality journalism across the Scottish media reporting on many amazing human interest stories. These awards go some way towards showing the good work being produced in the various media."

The awards ceremony took place on Thursday 16 June at Saint Luke’s, in Calton, Glasgow.

Refugee Festival Scotland media awards 2016 judging results

Print (News)

Winner – Marc Horne, The Times

Inquiry call over ‘callous treatment’ of refugees

Runner up – Judith Duffy, Sunday Herald

The Scots taking refugees into their home and heart

Highly Commended – Karin Goodwin, Sunday Herald

Red Cross warns of humanitarian crisis, and Lauren Crooks of The Sunday Mail for No Place of Safety.

Print (features)

Winner – Dani Garavelli, Herald Magazine

The Syrian refugees building a new life in Scotland

Runner up – Jane Bradley, Scotland on Sunday

Scotland gave me dignity, respect and my career

Highly commended – Annie Brown, Daily Record

Print (local)

Winner – Rachel Loxton, Evening Times

I know how it feels to suffer violence

Runner up – Tanya McLaren, Forres Gazette

Moray is ready to welcome Syrians


Winner – Iman Tajik, The Ferret

Calais: Requiem for a dream

Runner up – Jane Bradley, Scotland on Sunday

Refugees in Serbia seek ticket to take them far from Syria

Highly commended – Jen Stout, Common Space

Scottish police criticised for assisting dawn raids


Winner – Peter Murray, Community Channel

Syrian refugees in Edinburgh

Runner up – Ailsa Macintosh, BBC Sunday Morning with Cathy Macdonald

Interview with Miriam

Highly commended – Stephen Hollywood, BBC Kaye Adams Programme

Transgender asylum seeker


Winner – Susan Wilson, Eyeing The News

Wissam’s story

Runner up – Alana Blockley, Illicit

Scotland supports the integration of Syrian refugees

Highly commended – Jamilah A Hassan, Maze magazine

Glasgow project offers warm welcome to Syrian refugees

Refugee Champion

Daily Record

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