The Shine School Media Awards is a free national competition rewarding UK secondary schools who produce an outstanding newspaper, magazine, podcast or website

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Welcome to the Shine School Media Awards!

The Shine School Media Awards is a free national competition that rewards a diversity of talent from secondary schools across the UK who work on the writing, editing, design and fund-raising for a school newspaper, magazine, podcast or website.

The traditional culmination of each year’s Shine Awards is a gala awards ceremony held in the City of London.

The significant benefits of starting a Shine project include an enrichment of the school curriculum, an incentive to creativity and the chance for pupils to win national recognition and in the process enrich their CV and applications for university or college.

The Shine Awards is an endeavour of The Stationers’ Foundation, the charitable arm of The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, one of the UK’s ancient livery companies.

Find out more about the Shine School Media Awards

The Shine School Media Awards is an endeavour of The Stationers’ Foundation

Key Shine dates

Launch of the 2022 competition
October 2021

2022 entry form available
January 2022

2022 Closing date
May 2022

Shine Awards 2022
27th June 2022

Latest news

Reflections on the Shine Awards – by Vivianne Zhang Wei

This week we held our first in-person Shine Awards since the summer of 2019. It was unusual – not merely away from an under-renovation Stationers’ Hall but also a special winners lunch where everyone knew they’d won. But we did it and the joy in the beautiful room at the Guildhall where we met, at being together and celebrating young talent, was palpable.

Before the lunch, Vivianne Zhang Wei, our winner of Editor of the Year 2020, spoke to the guests about her time since winning. This is what she said…

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Our entrants speak...

“We never imagined we’d arrive at a glitzy awards ceremony in London having reached the final shortlist. A great experience — we’ve already registered for next year!”

Jasmine Pentleton, Duchess’s High School, Northumberland

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