Apr 13 2012 by Kaiya Marjoribanks, Stirling Observer Friday
NEWSHOUNDS from across the Stirling area made headlines after being rewarded for their efforts.
This year's Community Newspaper of the Year Awards took place at Raploch Community Campus.
Callander's Ben Ledi View and The Bridge from Doune and Deanston took the two top awards of community newspaper of the year and will be invited to the Stirling Observer offices as part of their prize.
Best article was won by Buchlyvie Bulletin's Colin Holroyd and young writer of the year was won by Emily Bowie from the Strathard News.
The guest speaker was author and journalist Jack Webster, who recalled his experiences as he worked his way up from village newspaper to national publications.
His comments on the importance of community news were echoed by Forth Valley College's judge, who said: “It's community which is at the heart of each of the publications and rightly so.
“Becoming a go-to source of information for local residents has to be right up there on the wish list of any successful publication, particularly in these days of instant access to information online.”
The evening, organised by the Community Newspaper Forum and Stirling Council, recognises the contribution the newspapers make to their communities.
Community newspaper of the year, under 500 circulation – The Bridge; runners-up Croftamie Claivers, Fintry Focus.
Community newspaper of the year over 500 circulation – Ben Ledi View; runners-up Buchlyvie Bulletin, Strathard News.
Best article – Buchlyvie Bulletin, Buchlyvie Folk (Nick Nairn) by Colin Holroyd; runner-up Ben Ledi View, The most famous bowling club in the world by Paul McGinlay.
Most original front page – Ben Ledi View, Callander Jazz and Blues Festival; runner-up Buchlyvie Bulletin, Christmas with the Bulletin production team.
Best photograph supported by an article – The Villagers, David Hendry and maid by Rusty McD; runner-up Ben Ledi View, What's in a name by Susan O'Boyle.
Best regular contribution – Buchlyvie Bulletin, We're in the Ochils/ Duke of Edinburgh part 2 by Max Cumming; runner-up Bridge of Allan Times, The Nature Page by Roy Barker.
Most amusing contribution – Bridge of Allan Times, Boom! Boom! by Hector MacLennan; runner-up The Bridge , photograph of notice (including spelling mistake) by Venda Pollock.
Young writer of the year – Emily Bowie, Strathard News; runner-up Murray Steel, Buchlyvie Bulletin.
Special acknowledgements were given by newspapers to volunteers for their outstanding dedication and commitment: Ben Ledi View, Sheila Winstone; Buchlyvie Bulletin, Arthur Benns; The Bridge, Gwen Trelfa; Fintry Focus, Moira Perritt and Cicely Roy, The Villagers, Marguerite Kobs.