THE Inverness Courier was named runner-up for the title of weekly newspaper of the year at the prestigious Scottish Press Awards.
The awards, established by the Scottish Newspaper Society, aim to showcase the country’s best journalistic talent in both print and digital formats.
The Ayrshire Post was named weekly newspaper of the year at the awards dinner, held at the Radisson Blu in Glasgow and hosted by TV and radio presenter Tam Cowan.
The Highland News was also among those shortlisted in the same category. Along with the Inverness Courier, it is published by Scottish Provincial Press (SPP).
The Courier was also shortlisted for Campaign of the Year.
Its Reach Out campaign, launched in conjunction with NHS Highland, aims to raise awareness of the problems of loneliness and social isolation in the wake of research revealing they can have a devastating impact on mental and physical health. It invites individuals, organisations and companies to pledge to carry out a task of their choosing to make a difference to someone needing support.
SPP editorial director David Bourn said the Courier had had an exceptional year despite a period of unprecedented change in the newsroom, and the recognition from the awards judges was "very welcome."
"We were up against much bigger titles from much busier, newsier areas - the Courier is certainly punching above its weight," he said. "The Courier is absolutely committed to fighting for the communities it serves and even being runner-up in such a hard-fought category is a proper reward for our dedicated staff."
Freelance journalist Jim Lawson, who lives in Nairn, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award.