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Viral Inverness Courier named among finalists for front page of the year


By Andrew Dixon

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In February, the Scottish Government admitted it would not meet its promise to complete the dualling of the A9 from Inverness to Perth by its 2025 deadline.
In February, the Scottish Government admitted it would not meet its promise to complete the dualling of the A9 from Inverness to Perth by its 2025 deadline.

Hold the Front Page has included The Inverness Courier’s viral front page depicting a gravestone marking the death of the SNP’s A9 dualling promise by 2025 as one of its top 12 of 2023.

The front page previously won the News Media Association’s Making a Difference award 2023 for its “outstanding efforts in driving change.”

The Hold the Front Page website reports on developments within journalism and the media more generally and is mostly a source of information by industry professionals.

Named alongside the Courier are The Herald’s splash for King Charle’s coronation; The Scotsman for Ukraine: A year of war in Europe and The Yorkshire Post marking the death of Betty Boothroyd.

The public poll open for around two weeks so those who wish to vote can scroll to the bottom of the page and place a vote for their three favoured front pages with the winner to be declared on January 4.

Hold the Front Page said: “We have selected 12 of the front pages that have been featured in HTFP stories over the past year and are asking you to choose your favourite.

“The poll is now open for two weeks with the winner to be announced on the site on Thursday 4 January. Our selection is drawn from 12 different regional press titles and you can vote for up to three contenders.

“The shortlist includes front pages featuring stories ranging from the war in Ukraine to the Eurovision Song Contest, and from King Charles’ coronation to the departure of Edinburgh zoo’s pandas.

“The year’s big political developments are reflected in The National’s coverage of the spring Budget and the Press and Journal’s treatment of Nicola Sturgeon’s resignation as Scottish First Minister.

“There are campaigning fronts such as Reading Today’s coverage of the suicide of a headteacher on its patch following an Ofsted inspection, and the Inverness Courier’s response to the cancellation of a major road scheme.”

It added: “Last year’s poll resulted in a runaway victory for the Derry Journal for its dramatic front page ‘Never Forget’ to mark the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday.”


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