The Shine School Media Awards is a 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 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 culmination of each year’s Shine Awards is a spectacular summertime 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.

After the frustrations we’ve all experienced in 2020, we are already looking forward to seeing friends old and new in a rebooted Shine competition in summer 2021.

Find out more about the Shine School Media Awards

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

Key Shine dates

Entry form available
Friday 15th January

Entry deadline
Early May 2021

Judging of the 2021 awards
Mid-May 2021

2021 awards ceremony
Monday 28th June

Latest news

Ask the expert: political journalism

To make up for half-term, we’re posting two Ask the Expert episodes this week – and this one is a fantastic and timely conversation.

Laetitia de Belgique, the editor of Bromsgrove School’s Two Zero One magazine interviews Kevin Maguire, associate editor at the Daily Mirror about political journalism. It’s an amazing conversation which gets to the nub of the key issues of the week.

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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 - Feb 21
A double whammy this week from Shine's conversation series 'Ask the expert' - Laetitia from @BromsSchool interviews @maguirekevin about political journalism. It's a fantastic conversation, not to be missed for any aspiring current affairs writer >>> https://t.co/kSXLZRx5KZ https://t.co/Rt3hvpGDvF

Shine School Media Awards @shinemediawards - Feb 21
Next in Shine's new conversation series 'Ask the expert' is all about getting the best out of an interview – with students from @dgsjournalism and @TimTeeman, award-winning senior editor at @thedailybeast in New York >>> https://t.co/5FwKXtq7yV https://t.co/PzvbOJM86B

Chloe Douglass @chloillustrates - Feb 21
RT @chloillustrates: I did an interview for @shinemediawards today which was amazing fun! 🎉 And also just so wonderful to talk to humans ot…