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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

Judging

Our judging process

Each April, the Shine committee and our judges review every single entry sent in.

A first-stage judging panel then narrow the entries down, nominating up to eight entries in each category.

In May, the second-stage judging panel then decides the shortlist from which the winners in each category will be chosen.

The shortlisted publications were then announced on the Shine website and all shortlisted schools are invited to the reception and awards ceremony at Stationers’ Hall each summer.

At this fantastic awards ceremony, winners and runners-up are announced and prizes given out.

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 PrintWeek
  • 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

So you’re off and running with your project. But how do you ensure it’s most likely to win one of the many prizes on offer at Shine 2018?

Why not take some advice from our judges?

They recommend…

  • Editorial content that reflects effort, enthusiasm and creative skills
  • Articles that show literacy and accuracy as well as flair
  • Covers and front pages which really stand out
  • Design which combines imagination with readability, helped by clever use of pictures, type and graphics
  • Best use of all resources and departments within the school including Business, IT and Art departments
  • Evidence of commercial strategy in making the publication viable. Was there a business plan? Did pupils negotiate sponsorship or advertising deals? How was the selling price calculated?
  • Impressive original photography or artwork, created by a pupil, which enhances an article or the general appeal of the publication
  • An online version of the print product, or a website that reflects the content of the Media or newsletter, or a stand-alone online publication
  • Inspirational teachers who have nurtured a desire in pupils to produce a finished publication and who have helped them experience the exhilaration and satisfaction of working as a team to achieve their objectives
  • Outstanding pupils who contribute something special to the project. It will be someone who has shown innovation, enterprise, good communication skills and is an inspirational team leader

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