Eilidh Davies, the Chief Reporter with the Highland News, has been named Journalist of the Year at the annual Highlands and Islands Media Awards.
The Inverness-based journalist was the unanimous choice of the judges, having also won the Reporter of the Year title and being shortlisted in the Top Story of the Year category.
She was presented with her award at the prestigious Highlands and Islands Press Ball by Keith Miller, Distillation and Maturation Director of Diageo, the event’s principal sponsor.
Gordon Fyfe, chairman of the media awards’ judging panel, said: “Eilidh produced an excellent portfolio of news reports and features, all with a strong human interest element. She is a worthy winner and joins an elite group of writers and photographers to lift this coveted prize.”
Newspaper of the Year is the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald and the title of Community Newspaper of the Year was retained by Am Pàipear, which serves the Uists.
The awards are held as part of the annual press ball which brings together media representatives from an area stretching from Shetland to Argyll and Moray to the Outer Hebrides.
The event was again organised by Inverness-based Lucid PR, Events and Marketing, with other support this year provided by Fujitsu, BT Scotland, Chivas, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, the National Union of Journalists and Bòrd na Gàidhlig.
The ball’s charity fundraising will benefit four charities – Alzheimer Scotland, Highland Homeless Trust, HUG Action for Mental Health and the Crocus Child Bereavement Support Service.