Three Western Isles community publications have been shortlisted in the Highlands and Islands media award shortlist, published on Monday December 30th.

Point’s monthly magazine, The Rudhach, and the bi-weekly Ness local newsletter Fios sit alongside Uist’s Am Paipear in the shortlist for the best community newspaper of the year award.

Shona Macmillan of Fios is also shortlisted for an award for the best use of Gaelic, an award category sponsored by Bòrd na Gàidhlig.

Meanwhile Intermedia Services Ltd of Stornoway, publishers of EVENTS newspaper and news website, are in the running for the best use of digital media award, which recognises the use of websites and social media to get local news to the widest possible audience.

Judges of this year’s Highlands and Islands media awards evaluated a record 116 entries in 12 categories of awards, covering newspaper, online and broadcast news stories and features, as well as the year’s top photographs.

The winners will be announced at the Highlands and Islands press ball, to be held on Friday, 7th February 2020 at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness, organised by Quatro PR.

Gordon Fyfe, chairman of the judging panel, said: "The media awards recognise and reward the best in journalism across our dispersed area, which stretches from Shetland to Argyll and from Moray to the Outer Hebrides. Once again, we were delighted with the number and high standard of entries and choosing a shortlist has been an extremely difficult task."