On the 30th June 2018, students from all around Scotland had the chance to showcase their journalism skills and abilities at the Scottish Student Journalism Awards which were organised by HND media and communications students from Glasgow Clyde College and ran in partnership with their headline sponsor – The Scottish Newspaper Society. The awards have been successfully running for the past seven years and are a chance for journalism students, from Scottish colleges and universities from around the country, to show off their best journalism work to industry professionals who are given the opportunity to vote and present their chosen winners with awards at the ceremony which took place at St Andrews in the square in Glasgow’s city centre. For the first time, this year’s event also ran in association with BBC Scotland as well as other popular media organisations. BBC Scotland introduced two brand new categories to the Scottish Student Journalism Awards this year with the ‘Best Student podcast’ and ‘Mobile Journalism story of the Year’ – awards which recognize work on digital platforms as well as traditional print and broadcast material. The panel consisted of expert judges including high profile journalists from the Daily Record, Glasgow Live, the Scottish Sun, BBC Scotland, No. 1 magazine and STV.
Students were given the opportunity to apply for any of the 13 different categories within the Scottish Student Journalism Awards which were opened to applications on the 5th of March 2018. The categories included the Callum McDonald Memorial Award, Scoop of the Year, News Story of the Year, Publication of the Year, Sports Story of the Year, Best Podcast, Mobile Journalism Story of the Year, Student Journalist of the Year, Arts and Entertainment Story of the Year, Website of the year, Feature of the Year, Broadcast of the Year and column of the Year. All of these categories were open to students studying journalism from all around the country and they could apply for more than one category at a time. The SSJA built a fantastic social media platform on the lead up to the big night which they used to promote the event and to also kept students up to date with everything that was happening on the night.
The event has become extremely popular with both students and their lectures as it gives students as it gives them the chance to set themselves aside from the rest and expose their talents to journalism professionals. It also gives the industry leaders a chance to identify the fresh up and coming talent from the educational establishments throughout Scotland. The event gives them the chance to engage with the students and students have received jobs and work experience placements in the previous years as a result of their efforts.
Director of the The Scottish Newspaper Society, John McLellan, said: “The Scottish Newspaper Society is delighted to have supported the Scottish Student Journalism Awards, which recognises and encourages the wealth of talent coming out of Scottish universities and colleges every single year, and it’s a great opportunity to strengthen the links between the current news industry and education.
“The breadth of the award categories also reflects the multiple skills required of the modern day journalist. In a highly-competitive world, the best young writers,
editors and producers deserve recognition and we’re looking forward to some cracking entries. Glasgow Clyde College were once again at the forefront of all the attention this year as they managed to receive a number of shortlists in various different categories including publication of the year, the Callum MacDonald memorial award and student broadcast of the year.
The students at Glasgow Clyde have set the bar high for other colleges and universities over the past few years and have no intentions of lowering it anytime soon. Their ability in journalism reflects all the hard work and effort put in by their college lecturers who work tirelessly to make sure that every single student, studying on the practical journalism course, reaches their full potential. Students work hard all year round producing stories as part of their coursework and also on their group projects working on their college magazines and digital websites, stories which they can later put forward for the SSJA’s at the end of the academic year.