Alternative Press Awards 2018

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)yahoo.co.uk 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
Fanzines
Comics
Vlogs
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.

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  1. Clive Scott says:

    I nominate Stuart Campbell of Wings Over Scotland in ‘Political Columns or Blogs’ category and iScot Magazine in ‘Small Press’ category.

  2. MBC says:

    Well done Mike and all your team. Without you I would be climbing up the wall. Great to come here every day and reas such great stuff that you publish. Thanks again.

  3. jimnarlene says:

    Why is it limited to people within Scotland?

    1. DRD Woodward says:

      Because Bella wants to be the bell of the ball ….
      Does seem a bit main stream doesn’t it … self-aggrandising ?
      For a ‘movement that espouses ‘internationalism’ this restriction seems very May.
      Personally it put me of reading Bella and sharing it amongst the weekly reach of 20-100,000 by my pages and publications.
      Seems very small minded to me …..
      We need a global network of alternative media to carry our Indy message to those whom only get the Foreign Office approve dialogue.
      I suspect someone in Bella has the hump.

    2. Jac says:

      “The Scottish media are gathering this week”, Its Scottish media awards, kinda self explanatory

    3. Because we live in Scotland?

  4. Kenny Davis says:

    I nominate Stuart Campbell of Wings Over Scotland in ‘Political Columns or Blogs’ category and iScot Magazine in ‘Small Press’ category.

  5. Paul Roberts says:

    I nominate Not Another Fake Newscast – a podcast.

  6. Christine Ronningen says:

    I nominate for Not Another Fake Newscast (PGMcast)

  7. Rab Pollock says:

    I nominate Stuart Campbell of Wings Over Scotland in ‘Political Columns or Blogs’ category and

    Small Press, Micropress and Innovative Publishing – The Spurtle

    Podcast or Audio (any format) – Phamtom Films

    Community Radio – 98.8 Castle FM (formerly Leith FM) was a now-defunct community radio station. Bring back Leith FM!

    Arts and Cultural Media DB8 Music

    Political Columns or Blogs – Wee Ginger Dug

    Comics – 2000AD

    Documentary Film – Phantom Films any

    Best Campaign – Baby boxes Scots Gov

    Best Story Missed by the mainstream media – Culloden remembrance service every year near 16 April

    1. Thanks Rab, that’s great.

  8. Myown Editor says:

    Ah. Loki’s piece in The Scotsman about Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer suddenly makes sense. Thankfully, he has gone mainstream now, so ineligible.

  9. Craig P says:

    My favourite political sites are the usual suspects – Bella, Wings, Craig Murray, Scot Goes Pop, and Wee Ginger Dug. Though maybe instead I’d nominate one of the lesser known sites like A Thousand Flowers or Scottish Review – and I am really interested to hear of any other under the radar sites that deserve wider recognition.

    As for the rest of the categories, afraid I am a one-man cultural desert 🙁

    1. Thanks Craig, all noted, though Bella isn’t available for selection.

    2. Jasper says:

      You know of barrheadboy.com ?

      1. Craig P says:

        No, that’s a new one for me!

        Oh yeah and how could I forget – probably because I read it when I get the digest email, but not inbetween.

        But I also really like https://www.autonomyscotland.org.

  10. Jac Gallacher says:

    I would like to nominate independence live. They bring every event to those who can’t be there. And they attend almost everything. Great work. Great media

  11. DialMforMurdo says:

    Not sure what category to put it in but nominate Facebook page the scurrilous Ullapool News.

    https://www.facebook.com/TheUllapoolNews/

  12. Jasper says:

    I nominate Barrhead Boy for his unstinting work interviewing someone of interest every Sunday on his ‘Sunday Interview’ and for his weekly ‘Through A Scottish Prism’ podcast. barrheadboy.com

  13. Iain Robertson says:

    I nominate Stuart Campbell of Wings Over Scotland in ‘Political Columns or Blogs’ category and
    Small Press, Micropress and Innovative Publishing – The Spurtle
    Podcast or Audio (any format) – Phamtom Films
    Community Radio – 98.8 Castle FM
    Political Columns or Blogs – Wee Ginger Dug

    Best Campaign – Baby boxes Scots Gov

  14. Frank Halligan says:

    I nominate Barrhaed boy for for his blogs and his pod cast through a Scottish prism excellent interesting interviews and a very healthy take on Scotland and it’s politics and the state of the union

  15. Dave Llewellyn says:

    Macalba for blog.
    Wee Skribbles for cartoon
    Indycar Gordon Ross for blog.

  16. Neil Scott says:

    The Ungagged team would like to thank whoever nominated us. Unexpected, and humbling.

  17. Colin Mackay says:

    Vlogs – Robert J Somynne
    Political Columns or Blogs – The Ferret and a Thousand Flowers
    Best Campaign – Betterthanzero and Living Rent

  18. Ann Forbes says:

    Best vlog – Indycar Gordon Ross
    Best blog – thoughtcontrolscotland.com

  19. George Paterson says:

    I nominate – Indy Car Gordon Ross.

  20. Dorothy McCleary says:

    I nominate Indycar Gordon Ross as Best Vlog

  21. Christine Smith says:

    I nominate Gordon Ross Indycar,,explains everything so clearly

  22. Duncan says:

    Best blog – WeeGingerDug

    Best vlog–Indycar Gordon Ross

  23. Helen Chalmers says:

    I nominate Indycar Gordon Ross for best vlog.

  24. Derek Cowan says:

    Best vlog – Indycar Gordon Ross

  25. Graeme Purves says:

    I would nominate Broadcasting Scotland for its Sunday lunchtime political magazine, ‘Full Scottish’ if you would provide a suitable category!

  26. Agnes Thomson says:

    I would nominate The Grist from Yes Kelty

  27. Darren McGarvey says:

    Ponsonby all the way!

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