The Scottish Student Journalism Awards are once again rapidly approaching where Scotland’s journalism and media students will battle it out to be in with a chance of winning a number of different journalism awards; giving them the chance to showcase their journalistic achievements to the industry’s top professionals.
The blood, sweat and tears and the credit of organising the event goes to the 2nd year HND media and communications class at Glasgow Clyde College.
The ceremony will be running in association with BBC Scotland and their headline sponsor, The Scottish Newspaper Society, and is open to all students studying journalism either at university or college.
Director of The Scottish Newspaper Society, John McLellan, said: “The Scottish Newspaper Society is delighted to support the Scottish Student Journalism Awards, to recognise and encourage the wealth of talent coming out of Scottish universities and colleges every year, and it’s a great opportunity to strengthen the links between the news industry and education.
“The breadth of the award categories also reflects the multiple skills required of the modern journalist.
“In a highly-competitive world, the best young writers, editors and producers deserve recognition and we’re looking forward to some cracking entries.”
Other media organisations will kindly provide judges, who will help to shortlist candidates from each category and also help announce the winners on the night.
Top journalists from The Scottish Sun, The Daily Record and Glasgow Live will be amongst those chosen to do so.
Both BBC Scotland and The Scottish Newspaper Society have been extremely helpful in helping to improve the awards for 2018, making the ceremony bigger and better.
Three separate categories will be run this year in association with BBC Scotland; Broadcast Story of the Year, Podcast of the Year and the Best Mobile Journalism story of the year – which reflects the obvious direction in which the industry is moving.
BBC Scotland Deputy Head of News, Peter MacRae, said: “BBC Scotland is pleased to be associated with this year’s Scottish Student Journalism Awards, building on the relationship we already have with the Higher Education sector.
“Digital story-telling skills are essential for journalists entering the industry today whether a media organisation’s roots are in broadcasting or publishing.
“The new award categories of mobile journalism and podcasting will give students the opportunity to demonstrate their readiness to join the news media industry in Scotland.”
All students who are shortlisted amongst the 13 categories are all invited to the event Students shortlisted in the 13 categories are all invited to the awards at Glasgow’s St Andrew’s in the Square on May 30th 2018.
SSJA team spokesperson and media student Amy Beaton said: “We want to make the Scottish Student Journalism Awards even better than ever before and the whole class are working hard to ensure we give journalism students an opportunity to showcase their work and be a part of this prestigious event.”