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!

2020 marks the tenth year of the Shine School Media Awards – 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 at Stationers’ Hall 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.

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Our 2020 awards and COVID19

2020’s awards will be distributed whatever happens but a decision on this year’s summer awards ceremony will be taken nearer the time, based on government advice.

Enter this year's Shine School Media Awards

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

Key dates for Shine 2020

Closing date for entries
Friday 8th May 2020

Preliminary judging
Mid-May 2020

Final judging
End of May 2020

Awards ceremony
Monday 29th June 2020

Latest news

Shine 2020 and Covid-19

In view of the strong possibility that schools may be closed in the near future for at least a few weeks, I understand that entering the Shine competition may not be top of your priorities. However, during these exceptional circumstances we will be accepting all entries as pdf files, even if they are unfinished.

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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 - Mar 20
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Shine School Media Awards @shinemediawards - Mar 20
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Shine School Media Awards @shinemediawards - Feb 20
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