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Oban’s Kerr picks up top press prize

Moira KerrMoira Kerr, a freelance journalist from Oban, was named Journalist of the Year, at the 28th Highlands & Islands Press Ball and Media Awards.

The Strathspey and Badenoch Herald was crowned Newspaper of the Year and Chatterbox, which serves the Black Isle, won the Community Newspaper of the Year title.

Some 250 media representatives, politicians and heads of public and private organisations attended the event.

Principal sponsor of the evening was Diageo, with additional support from Chivas Brothers, Fujitsu, the National Union of Journalists, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Lucid PR, Marketing & Events and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

It raised more than £3,500 for local charities – Highland Hospice, Inverness Women’s Aid, Highland Foodbank and Youth Highland.

The full list of award winners:

Best Use of Gaelic -Calum MacLean, BBC Alba

Best Use of Digital Media – Shetland News

Sports Reporter of the Year – Will Clark, North of Scotland Newspapers

Young Journalist of the Year and the Alex Main Trophy – Ellie House, Inverness Courier

Top Shot of the Year -Trevor Martin, freelance, Inverness

Photographer of the Year- Gair Fraser, Scottish Provincial Press

Feature Writer of the Year – Moira Kerr, Oban

Reporter of the Year and the Jim Love Memorial Trophy – Ryan Taylor, Shetland Times

Top story of the year – Neil Riddell, Shetland News

Community Newspaper of the Year – Chatterbox, Black Isle

Newspaper of the Year – Strathspey and Badenoch Herald

Diageo Journalist of the Year – Moira Kerr, freelance, Oban

Barron Trophy for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism – Paul Breen, Inverness

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