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Key dates for Shine 2019

Closing date for entries
18th April 2019

Preliminary judging
9th May 2019

Final judging
20th May 2019

Awards ceremony
1st July 2019

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 2018 included;

  • Mark Allen, Chairman, Mark Allen Group
  • Helen Amass from tes
  • Alice Audley from Blogosphere magazine
  • Andy Bruguier from Denmaur Paper Media
  • Glenda Cooper from City University London
  • Hugh Dickerson from Google
  • David Gamage from Earth Island Publishing
  • Charles Garside from Associated Newspapers
  • Melanie Hough from Getty Images Hulton Archive
  • Liz Hunt from the Daily Mail
  • Neil Jones from Bobst
  • Neil Lovell from The Printing Charity
  • Terry Mansfield CBE from Hearst
  • Steve Marchant from The Cartoon Museum
  • Writer and editor James Matthews-Paul
  • Michael Murphy, the former principal of Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy
  • Julie Murray from the Copyright Licensing Association
  • Bettine Pellant from Picon
  • Emma Robinson from NCTJ
  • Cartoonist Gerald Scarfe
  • Tandy Wakeford from TwoSides
  • Debbie Waldron-Hoines, Director at Avant-Tout Management Services
  • Katherine Whitbourn, freelance journalist
  • Susan Wright 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?

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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Shine Media Awards @shinemediawards - Jul 18
Here's a lovely piece about creating the design and creative concept around this year's Shine Awards by our deputy chair @richardpchapman https://t.co/hsMedip7yM