SSJAs Preview

32130539_257070884836007_559253648731799552_n.jpgGlasgow Clyde College will be well represented on the night of this year’s SSJAs with a total of 14 nominations across all categories. The full list of nominees is as follows:

Student Publication of the Year: The Pattern & The Clyde Insider
Student Website of the Year: The Clyde Insider
Student of the Year: John Glover, Valentina Servera Clavell
The Calum Macdonald Memorial Award: David King, Sara Lovallo + David King
Column of the Year: Valentina Servera Clavell, Margaret Fisher
Arts and Entertainment Story of the Year: Iain Galbraith, John Glover
Podcast of the Year: Sean McAngus, Ewan Summers, Darren McConachie, Iain Galbraith
News Story of the Year: Stephen McCabe

The two publications submitted by the students of this college were vastly different but both found a specific niche in the crowded field and produced a work of real originality. The Pattern was designed as a local community magazine focusing on events in and around Paisley. Following the City of Culture 2021 bid, the second-year journalists decided that, while hometown pride was at an all-time high, they should capitalise and produce a magazine that would showcase the varied stories that the town provides. The Clyde Insider meanwhile opted for a more personal slant and chose to include a section of creative writing, poetry and first person columns among the more standard news and sports fare. This fresh approach to the publication undoubtedly helped them to nab a nomination.

Elsewhere Sara Lovallo and David King were up for the Calum Macdonald Memorial Award after their fearless work when their coverage of an Orange Order March turned sinister. The award is in memory of Calum Macdonald who sadly died in 2008, aged 32. The honour recognises journalism which has either made a difference to society or shows evidence of investigative work.

The newest category of the bunch is Podcast of the Year, with this being the first year it has been included. Two podcasts from Clyde College will be competing to be crowned the inaugural winner. Those are Covering the Baes, a weekly sports podcast put created by Darren McConachie, Ewan Summers and Sean McAngus that takes a deep dive into relevant Scottish sports stories and Thursday Thoughts, another show from Darren McConachie and Iain Galbraith that looks to tackle the cultural questions of the day.

The Column of the Year category also features two of our own with Valentina Servera Clavell and Margaret Fisher up for the prize. Valentina’s column was a first-hand account of the chaos during the Catalonian independence referendum as she faced troubles at her polling station when trying to cast her vote. Margaret Fisher’s “Granny Goes to College” recurring segment which took a look at how an older adult tackles the challenges of student life.

In the Arts and Entertainment section are John Glover and Iain Galbraith. John’s piece covered an event in Greenock with beloved children’s character Sooty.  An album review mixed with some political/social commentary is what was addressed in Iain’s piece as he looked at the latest album from Manchester art-rock band Everything Everything and the resonance it carried in this current social climate.

Other institutions feature heavily in the shortlist as well with Stirling University leading the pack at 18 nominations. Glasgow Caledonian students dominated the Mobile Journalism of the Year shortlist with all but one of the nominees coming from there.

The different categories have different sponsors and the awards will be handed out by various members of the industry. Certain awards will also be accompanied with an offer for work experience at places such as the BBC and STV.

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