The Scottish media are gathering this week for the annual self-congratulatory backslapping awards. It’s characterised by a complete incomprehension of new developments outside its own bubble and comedy notions of what ‘digital journalism’ is. Meanwhile there’s a outpouring of new media, micro-press, self-publishing and alternative press. So we’re inviting nominations for Scotland’s Alternative Press Awards.

Send your nominations to us at bellasletters(at) marked ‘Alternative Press Awards’. This isn’t confined to conventional journalism (or politics) but encompasses all media in any form that exhibits innovation, disruptive thinking, quality, great design/writing, ideas, impact. The categories for nomination are:

Podcast or Audio (any format)
Community Radio
Music Writing
Small Press, Micropress and Innovative Publishing
Media publishing in Scots
The John Muir Award for Environmental Arts – for an artwork in any media
Arts and Cultural Media
Political Columns or Blogs
Media publishing in Gaelic
Documentary Film
Best Campaign
Best Story Missed by the mainstream media
Best Sports Journalism

You can nominate yourself or someone else. There is no charge for entry. Nominations can be for individuals or projects based in Scotland.

Nominations close on the 15 May.