Supplement/Section of the year: Spotlight on shortlisted entries

Posted on: September 15, 2021 by Xenia Huntley

Entries will be judged on outstanding content, design, use of photography and readability for a special supplement produced as a one-off to mark a special event or achievement, either with the newspaper or clearly linked to a local or regional paper.



The Weekender, Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser

The brand new Scottish music supplement, ‘The Weekender’ was just two editions in when the pandemic struck. Their bold attempts to compile a comprehensive music supplement covering the whole of the Scottish music scene could have easily been thwarted altogether. However, The Weekender maintained its vision and published editions that arguably rivaled national music magazines. With far reaching content from harrowing tales of misogyny in the music industry; to battles with mental health from Scotland’s next big artist, The weekender is about far more than music reviews. 


What the judges said:

“A niche music supplement packed full of content and passion. The Weekender represents gender and other diversity topics in a flowing, visually arresting and tonally bold way. Spotify playlist QR link adds value and reinforces content so you can listen while you read. Well done to the The Alloa and Hillfoots Advertiser team!”



Times Past, Glasgow Times

The weekly eight page ‘Times Past’ supplement tells stories of old Glasgow which are central to its content. In addition to reader memories and old photos from the archives, they revisit some of the city’s most notorious crimes and criminals, which incidentally have even led to new leads. A real mix of quirky, factual and nostalgic content, which has proven popular with readers during the last 12 months of lockdowns.

What the judges said:

A good range of ‘looking back’ material including no-holds-barred crime reports, a great idea brilliantly executed. I can see why it is so popular with readers. A lively presentation of nostalgia – energy and a twinkle” 



Weekend, Western Mail

The Western Mail’s  Weekend magazine offers a lively mix of skillfully crafted articles, lifestyle features, and pertinent eye catching images. ‘Weekend’ covers wide-ranging subjects that gain national attention. The supplement includes contributions from respected writers and major columnists plus annual pillar features which have been replicated elsewhere. Weekend fearlessly blends hard hitting stories of public interest with popular arts, culture, and culinary features. 

What the judges said:

“Compelling, in-depth reads define this supplement, providing lots of human interest, talking points and useful takeaways for readers. At 70+ pages, it’s full of content with a slick, minimalist design that includes lots of puzzle pages to keep readers entertained.

Fascinating features and great use of photography. The gambling story was simply riveting.”



Your Life, The Press and Journal

This weekly lifestyle supplement from The press and Journal has shown they have great ability when adapting to unprecedented times. Despite the editorial team working from their kitchen tables and bedrooms bedrooms they produced fresh editions that offered entertaining content in support of their locked-down readers.  The addition of new columnists who boldly tackled a myriad of subjects entertained educated and informed readers in a time of great uncertainty.

What the judges said:

“This Saturday edition is both aspirational and comforting, using bold photography and clean design. Its aim to keep its audience busy with puzzles during lockdown were admirable and its feature interviews are both compelling and touching”