Four students from Glasgow Clyde College have won prestigious awards for their work on the Pattern magazine.
The students who study an HND in Practical Journalism along with the NCTJ Diploma at the Cardonald Campus in Mosspark, where awarded for their hard work.
Helena Morrow, who is the Sales Director for Media Scotland opened the ceremony at the Daily Record headquarters in Glasgow.
The Pattern magazine appeared as a supplement in The Paisley Daily Express on Thursday 28 March.
The talented students were selected from a group of 16 for the coveted prizes being, Best Media Students, Best Student Journalist and the Editor’s Choice Award.
Darren McConachie and Iain Galbraith jointly received the best Media Students award for their hard work on advertising and promoting the magazine.
Lauren Brownlee was voted as the Best Student Journalist of the Year according to the readers of the Daily Record for her piece about QTS, which looked into developing talent and the skills gap in engineering, in particular the lack of females in the male dominated sector.
Caoimhe Barrett was awarded the coveted Editor’s Choice Award for her piece about the Bungalow with an interview with the owner of the club. It discussed the rise and fall of the iconic punk scene from likes of the Clash until now.
Morrow was very complimentary of the effort and the work put into the magazine and believed it was the best year, yet.
The ceremony started at 3pm and lasted around ten minutes before the students and professionals tucked into the banquet, which included booze and food.
She said: “We’re up to year three of these awards, they got better and bigger this year and the students have great experience of a byline in print, a byline online and a chance of work experience works very well for them and for us too.
“I think this is the best year, yet and I am very pleased to be working with the college on this wonderful project.”
Gavin McInally, the editor of The Paisley Daily Express, presented the award to the talented students.
McInally said: “The quality of the submissions was fantastic; they really had a great understanding of art and culture, music, feature and sport. It was really hard deciding the winner as the pieces were so well written by a very talented group of students.”
The project that the students work on every year is a collaboration between, the Paisley Daily Express, QTS and Media Scotland, who help fund and sponsor the magazine.
The event was attended by Glasgow Clyde College’s Assistant Principal, Faculty of Business, Creative and Digital Industries, Robert Anderson as well as Felicity Teasdale and Claire Anderson both lecturers at the college with representatives from QTS also attending.
The students who won the coveted trophies were mostly speechless and taken aback by their win at the event.
Lauren Brownlee, who won the best student journalist award, said: “I’m speechless but feel delighted to win this award. I was surprised that I won the award for my QTS story. I’m chuffed with the smart trophy and Amazon voucher. It is great to be recognized for my work.
“This year has been very busy with the exams and the group graded unit project. But this project has been good as we are doing something different than the other work we have to do for the NCTJ qualification.”
Darren McConachie spoke of the award and the work behind the advertisement, he said: “ It’s an honour and a privilege. Obviously before we started, we had a rough idea of what we wanted to do with the advertisement for the completion of it.
“We’d like to thank Karen Bale for allowing us to be ourselves and trusting us.
“My mum does it, so it was interesting to get a perspective of her job. Even though she deals with more people it allowed me to appreciate what she does.”
Iain Galbraith added: “It would have been difficult but due to the freedom we had it gave us the autonomy to haggle. Thanks to our editor Hannah Gunn who gave us the freedom to execute our marketing plan.
“No it was harder than we thought it would be. Some shops said no and some began with haggling with the price for advertisement after agreeing to it. We thought sometimes if said students it would shop owners would be more sympathetic. Sometimes, when we mentioned we were students they were very dismissive of us.
“I have done marketing for a couple of years so it was quite fun to pick it up again.”
Karen Bale, a lecturer at Glasgow Clyde College who brought the project together said: “The design was beautiful – down to the talent of the chief designer, Hannah McLaren.
The quality of the final product was down to the talented writers within the group and the close attention to detail in subbing and designing the magazine, led by Editor Hannah Gunn.
“To have such high praise from the editor of the Paisley Daily Express meant so much to us all.”
Bale said about the project: “I’d like to thank Gavin McInally, Helena Morrow and our incredible sponsors QTS – in particular Phyllis McLeish and Lisa McGhee for the huge support they have given us. Without them all this project simply wouldn’t happen.”