Published on 1st July 2015
An engaging writing style and informative features saw Ewan Pate and The Courier win the 2015 Stuart Seaton Regional Newspaper and Journalist Award.
Guild chairman Ben Briggs (above left) presented Ewan (above right) with the award at the Royal Highland Show in June 2015.
This year’s judges were Emma Penny, Jane Craigie and Val Chapman (Stuart Seaton’s daughter).
The judges said of this entry: "The Courier (and Ewan) is a great example of regional farming news, and shows how the media can support a local farming community.
"It is an enjoyable read, as well as an excellent source of information.
"Ewan writes in an absorbing style, producing features that are punchy and informative.
"There is enough breadth and detail in his writing to inform his readers, clearly demonstrating that he remains up-to-date and well-connected in the sector.
"Ewan’s deep involvement and knowledge about the agricultural industry comes across in his coverage of the key issues.
"He asks the questions that farmers need to know the answers to, especially when it comes to detailed subjects such as CAP reform.
"He writes with farmers in mind, which is probably why this publication is so well-received by his target audience."