During the case of H.M. Advocate v. Tommy Sheridan, I dare say a good many of you were either devotees or at least occasional visitors to James Doleman's comprehensive, fair-minded coverage of proceedings in his Sheridan Trial blog. Shortly after the verdict, Kenneth Roy penned this richly merited encomium in the Scottish Review. I was surprised and delighted belatedly to discover this morning that James has been shortlisted for a Scottish Press Award, in the category of "new media journalist of the year". It is, I understand, a new category of gong. If the 2009 list is anything to go by, the passage of time has paradoxically transformed "multimedia" into "new media". That being so, it is pleasing to see a blogger's efforts recognised. Particularly so, given a Scottish press which has often seemed suspicious, paranoid - and at times, even out-rightly hostile towards - the blogosphere's democratic amateurism (cf per Robert Burns). James will be jousting with the following competition:
NEW MEDIA JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR
Deborah Anderson The Evening Times
John Dingwall Daily Record
James Doleman Sheridan Trial Blog
Jasper Hamill The Herald/ Evening Times
Beverley Lyons Daily Record
I'm sure many of us in the Scottish blogging community wish James well. Even if he does not triumph when the results are announced on the 22nd of April - I do hope that he enjoys a slap up dinner with plenty of refreshment for his troubles.