Let’s role play: you’re a senior person at a well-regarded newspaper. Let’s call it The Herald. You have a reporter that’s won more awards than the rest of the paper put together. Let’s call him Michael Tierney.
The newspaper beancounters insist on more cuts – and the award-winner takes it.
This is a shame for the Herald (formerly known as the Glasgow Herald). I know there’s more talented staff there and they’ll rally round and keep on getting the best paper and website out that they can with their resources, but what is it with the Scottish media scene at the moment and its hell-bent determination to get the best people out of jobs?
As for Michael? I hear he’s wrapping up a book and I’m sure newspapers who like award-winning feature writers (at a Scottish and UK level) will be in touch.
After all, how often do journalists who have had the likes of Washington Post Watergate-era editor Ben Bradlee backing them come up?
Thanks to the kind people at Macdonald Hotels, I’ll be along at the Scottish Press Awards (shortlist here) at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Glasgow on Thursday night and it looks set to be a good night. But as always there’ll be a lot of people who can’t make it – stuck on jobs, at the office or just not nearby (or invited), so I’m going to Twitter the results as they happen. Anyone wanting to find out who wins what should set up a Twitter account here and add me – craigmcgill – to their list.
A lot of the folk shortlisted are friends of mine so it would be cruel to pick hopeful winners, but here’s hoping the Scottish Sun’s Matt Bendoris is smiling at the end of the night: he’s thumped the ball out of the park over the last 12 months (hell, the last 10 years) and it’s about time he was recognised for it.
Be interesting to see if Ken Symon gets a deserved gong too – or if his move into the world of PR will have dented his chances.
As for Michael Tierney, well he always wins – to the extent that next year’s awards will probably be called the Michael Tierney Awards if he wins again.
Seriously though, good luck to everyone…