Scottish Student Journalism Awards sees great success for Glasgow Clyde College

Scottish Student Journalism Awards sees great success for Glasgow Clyde College

The Scottish Student Journalism Awards 2018 saw great success for Glasgow Clyde College Students, as they swept up a number of prestigious awards.

The event, which was held at Glasgow’s St Andrew’s in the Square on Wednesday, June 30th, was host to more than 200 students, academics and industry professionals.

The Awards, organised by the HND Media and Communication students from Glasgow Clyde College, have been running successfully for the past seven years and allow journalism students across Scotland the opportunity to show off their work to, and network with industry professionals.

Applications for the Awards opened on the 5th of March, 2018, and afforded students the opportunity to apply to any of the 13 categories listed; The Calum Macdonald 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.

Glasgow Clyde College students represented the college at the event with a total of 14 nominations across all categories:

Student Publication of the Year: The Pattern & The Clyde Insider
Student Website of the Year: The Clyde Insider
Student Journalist of the Year: John Glover, Valentina Servera Clavell
The Calum Macdonald Memorial Award: David King, Sara Lovallo
Column of the Year: Valentina Servera Clavell, Margaraet 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 Student Publication of the Year was awarded to Glasgow Clyde College for the second year in a row. The second year Graded Unit publication, The Pattern, a community magazine focused on the Paisley area, won the award while the first year publication, The Clyde Inside was given a commendation. The Clyde Inside website was also given a commendation in the category of Student Website of the Year.

The SSJA’S also saw Glasgow Clyde College students David King and Sara Lovallo take home The Calum Macdonald Memorial Award for their coverage of an Orange Order March which put them in a potentially dangerous situation earlier this year. The Award, created in the memory of Calum Macdonald, recognises investigative journalism which has made a difference to society.

Speaking on their piece and subsequent win, David King said: “I’m still in shock. I can’t describe how much this means. To be named twice in the same category is one thing, but to win outright alongside my wonderful classmate and colleague, Sara Lovallo, is emotional to say the least”.

Second year student Iain Galbraith, won the award for the Arts and Entertainment Story of the Year.
A further two students from Glasgow Clyde College received commendations at the Awards; Second year student, Stephen McCabe, was commended for News Story of the Year, and first year student Valentina Servera Clavell, was commended for Column of the Year.

This year’s Student Journalism Awards were a great succes for Glasgow Clyde College and have set a high bar for next year’s students, who will, hopefully, continue to sweep up awards for outstanding work.

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