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Key Shine 2018 dates

Closing date for entries
Friday 6th April 2018

Preliminary judging
April 2018

Final judging
May 2018

Awards ceremony
Monday 2nd July 2018

About the Shine Awards

The Shine School Media Awards is proving to be a beneficial project for all teachers. Meeting the requirements of the school curriculum, the competition is designed to encourage pupils to work together to produce a school magazine, newspaper, newsletter, digital edition or website and to:

  • Encourage an interest in developing publishing skills in young people, helping them to improve literacy, nurture creativity, develop commercial and business skills, encourage teamwork and develop leadership skills
  • Raise awareness and understanding of the skills required by the media and graphic arts industries, such as commercial awareness, leadership, editorial flair, circulation strategy and design and production and encourage school-leavers to consider the media and graphic arts industries as a career choice
  • Raise awareness of the importance of respecting copyright and the ownership of intellectual property
  • Develop an informed awareness of the need for sustainable strategies to address environmental issues
  • Promote interaction between departments within schools, including English, Art & Design, Business Studies and IT, interaction with the local community and between pupils, teachers and the wider business community
  • Recognise achievement and reward winning entries at a special gala awards ceremony at Stationers’ Hall in London in the summer

“There is a tangible uniqueness surrounding the Shine competition and that is – its ambition! We are committed to offer every student the opportunity to live their dreams by finding talented young people, to encourage and support.

“A Shine project can help unify a group of students where hidden talents are exposed and self-belief grows into engagement in unexpected ways.

“The process also encourages personal responsibility and perseverance. Most importantly we hope that the competition will open young minds to the possibilities and potential of a career in our industries.”

– Annie Hotton, Chair of Shine

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Judging

The Shine School Media Awards are judged by a high profile group of industry professionals.

Our judges for 2017 included;

  • Simon Heffer from the Telegraph
  • Liz Hunt from the Daily Mail
  • Cartoonist Matt from the Telegraph
  • Steve Marchant from the Cartoon Museum
  • Alexandra Reed from the Copyright Licensing Agency
  • Carey Sedgwick from Casella Publishing
  • Terry Mansfield CBE from Hearst
  • Darryl Danielli from Print Week
  • Alice Audley from Blogosphere
  • Ailish O’Brien from Google
  • Neil Lovell from the Printing Charity
  • Debbie Waldron-Hoines from EFIA
  • Katherine Whitbourn from the NCTJ
  • Melanie Gough from Getty Images
  • James Mathews-Paul from Rogue Agency
  • Helen Amass from Tes
  • Susan Wright and David Gamage from Earth Island Publishing

What you have to do to enter:

  • Encourage pupils to build production of a newsletter, magazine, ePub, PDF or website (all categories eligible for Shine) into their programme or introduce a team project
  • Register your interest
  • Submit your school’s chosen entry by April 2018 with a completed entry form

 

What your school could win:

  • All winners will be invited to an awards ceremony at Stationers’ Hall in the City of London in the summer
  • Cash prizes totalling £4,000 will be distributed to main winners
  • All winning entries will receive a handsome trophy to retain
  • An overall winner will receive the Harrison Cup to retain for one year

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