Awards success for Evening News team

THE Evening News was rewarded with a string of honours at last night's prestigious Scottish Press Awards in Glasgow.

The News scooped one top prize and came second in three other categories – one of the best performances on the night.

This newspaper's main winner was Victoria Raimes, who was named the nation's Young Journalist of the Year. The judges said Victoria was the runaway winner in the category.

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Victoria also broke the story which earned her the runner-up slot in the Scoop of the Year category. Last July she revealed that pensioner Isabella Purves had lain dead for five years in her Canonmills flat.

The rest of the Evening News journalists were recognised in the Reporting Team category, too. Our coverage of the Edinburgh Trams saga throughout 2009 earned the newspaper the runners-up prize.

The judges praised the way that the News team had held the project to account by covering the story comprehensively – and managing to do so in a way that was never boring.

Our cartoonist Frank Boyle was second in the Cartoon-ist of the Year category. A previous winner, Frank this year was pipped by Brian Adcock of our sister paper Scotland on Sunday.

Tom Little, Editor of the Evening News, said: "Special plaudits must go to Victoria but it was a great night for the News and recognition of all the hard work done by the team."

Aside from Adcock, Scotland on Sunday's Tom English and Catherine Deveney scooped two writing awards, while The Scotsman's Jane Barlow was news photographer and Nick Mitchell of was Multi-Media Journalist of the Year.

The awards at the Radisson SAS hotel in Glasgow were sponsored by the Scottish Newspaper Society, Clydesdale Bank, Radisson Hotels, Event Consultants, Sound + Vision event productions, the Royal Mail, 3x1 public relations, SPD print solutions, BAE Systems, VisitScotland, Highland Spring and Glasgow: Scotland with style.