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

2021 Winners Lunch
27th September 2021

Launch of the 2022 competition
October 2021

2022 entry form available
January 2022

2022 Closing date
May 2022

Latest news

Ask the expert: sustainability in print and paper

Our final Ask the Expert video is on ‘Sustainability in Print and Paper’ where Martyn Eustace from TwoSides, a body whose common goal is to promote the sustainability of the graphic communications supply chain, talks to four young ladies from Ecclesbourne School about how to achieve the ‘Best Sustainability Initiative’ in their school.

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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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Shine School Media Awards @shinemediawards - Jun 21
A correction to our earlier tweet: The Shine School Media Award 2021 for Best Photograph goes to the highly talented Beth Slattery @TarporleyHigh #ShineSMA21 https://t.co/R65w7Le4xa

james edward ringer @stingerginger66 - Jun 21
RT @stingerginger66: Couldn’t be prouder of the @SOLOFOXCOMICS the creator of The Amazing Shark Man ! Winner of the Harrison Cup @shinemedi…

The Wall Magazine @IPSTheWall - Jun 21
RT @IPSTheWall: Thank you @shinemediawards for this prestigious award and for giving us the opportunity to express the voices of Young Mind…