My name is Martyn McLaughlin, I am an award-winning print and broadcast journalist based in Scotland. I am currently senior reporter, columnist and leader writer at The Scotsman, Scotland’s national newspaper, and its sister title, Scotland on Sunday, having previously written for The Herald.

In 2016, I developed and presented a half hour documentary for BBC Radio Scotland about plans to revive the remarkable footballing heritage of Glenbuck, the Ayrshire birthplace of Bill Shankly. I have also been working with the factual department at BBC Scotland since December 2014 on observational documentary series I developed, which is currently in production.

I am also a regular contributor to various television and radio programmes, including the BBC News channel, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Scotland and STV, as well as numerous magazines and online current affairs sites.


From investigative articles, magazine pieces and political sketches through to leader columns, book reviews and personal columns, I have written across nearly every section of the titles and I hope you will find some articles of interest in my online portfolio. Where possible, I have tried to reproduce of the original newsprint pages so as to highlight the photography and design skills of my colleagues, who provide an invaluable skill in giving every writer’s work context and impact. With some of the lengthier articles, I have penned a few memories of how the story came about.

You will also find a blog where on occasion, I offer a personal reflection on some of my journalism. Thanks for visiting the site, and if there is a potential story or issue you think I should look into, please don’t hesitate to email me at mmclaughlin@scotsman.com. You can also contact me via Twitter and LinkedIn.


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