We are delighted to reveal the shortlist for this year’s Media Awards.

The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 13th June, in Glasgow, as part of Refugee Festival Scotland.

Each year we celebrate journalism highlighting the issues affecting people seeking safety in Scotland.

Our CEO Sabir Zazai said: “Responsible journalism has the power to challenge misinformation, change perceptions and give a platform to marginalised voices.”

“This year’s shortlist is an impressive and varied selection that showcases powerful journalism in Scotland and the bravery and resilience of people rebuilding their lives here.”

The nominees are…


Iona Brownlie – Thousands of Ukrainians fled to Scotland after Putin’s invasion – two years on fight for victory is still alive – The Scottish Sun

Nicola Kelly – Glasgow’s newly-granted refugees turned out on to freezing streets to clear Rishi Sunak’s asylum backlog – Byline Times

James Walker – Two Palestinians died waiting for Home Office to waive ‘cruel’ fingerprint rule – The Sunday National

Karin Goodwin – Home office bedroom sharing policy for asylum seekers sparks safety concerns – The Ferret

Chris Clements – Council calls for aid amid Glasgow refugee housing concerns – BBC Scotland


Annabel MacLennan, Maureen Macleod, Darren Laing, Iona MacRitchie – Eorpa – Afghanistan to Lewis – BBC Alba

Rowan Charleson, Kath Pick and Ellen Francis – An Artist Rediscovers The Joy of Painting – BBC Scotland

Georgia Done, Selena Jackson, Giulia Candussi, Luis Maurizzio, Euan McHardy, Jordan McDowall – The Battle To Belong – Scotland Tonight (STV)

Rowan Charleson, Ellen Francis, Kath Pick – Zimbabwean Rapper Finds Her Musical Identity in Glasgow – BBC Scotland

Vanessa Taaffe – Finding hope at Refugee Festival Scotland – STV


Tony Kearney – Interview with Hassan Nazer – BBC Radio Scotland

Ibrahim, Fatma, Juliette, Ahmad, Annamaria, Grace, John, Sadie, Beth and Marzanna – Voices for Change – UNESCO RILA

Anne Duncan – Black History Month 2023 – Jambo! Radio


Jonathan Clark – Organisers “blown over” by success of refugee and asylum seeker welcome event in Elgin – The Northern Scot

Rosemary Lowne – Afghan interpreter who fled Kabul for Aberdeen fears for women’s rights under Taliban regime – The Press and Journal

Val Sweeney – Displaced Ukrainians in Inverness face another Christmas away from their war-torn homeland – Highland News & Media

Cara Blackhall – Mum arrives in Edinburgh after escape from homeland while six months pregnant – Edinburgh Live


Isabella Lapadula – Community in diversity – Roots & Routes magazine

Jamie Smith – Ore’s Story: how an LGBTQ+ refugee fled Nigeria to make Scotland home – Surgemag.org

Jack Howse – Support When You Need It Most – Greater Govanhill

Jane Bradley – Asylum seekers speak out on ‘shattered lives’ – The Scotsman

This year’s Refugee Festival Scotland runs from 14 – 23 June. Find out more and view the full programme. 

Gilly Furmage
Author: Gilly Furmage