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

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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 or multimedia project such as a podcast or digital publication.

The annual culmination of each year’s Shine Awards is a gala ceremony held in central London every summer with student workshops and incredible guest speakers.

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

Shine 2023 entry form available
January 2023

Closing date for entries
May 2023

Shine Awards 2023
3rd July 2023

Latest news

A report from our first Shine Alumni event

After two years’ absence, Shine resumed celebrating the best of school journalism at Stationers’ Hall with a reception on 10 October for alumni – our former winners.

The highlight of the evening was an inspiring speech by one of those alumni, Bill Bowkett, who had been named ‘Most Outstanding Student’ at the awards back in 2017.

Since then Bill has embarked on a career in journalism – and we invited him to tell his story at the event.

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Our entrants speak...

“Being part of Shine was a wonderful experience for our students. It gave them a tremendous sense of recognition and the final event in London surpassed anything I have ever attended of this type.

“I can certainly recommend the process to anybody interested in promoting media work in their school or college.”

Chris Green, The Perse School

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