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Starting 2020 as we mean to go on!

The start of a new year is the classic time to look forward and make resolutions on how to improve our lives for the future. With the benefit of hindsight we can learn from mistakes and put initiatives into place that will make our future performance that notch better than before.

With that in mind we are reviewing the Shine competition’s judging criteria to ensure our judges are clear about what the competition exists to celebrate. The judging panel is made up of highly respected professionals from across the media and communications industries, and these exceptionally busy people get involved with Shine because they are all concerned with encouraging ‘tomorrow’s talent’ into their industries.

In addition to the time they give, many of the judges also offer prizes of work experience or one-to-one consultations to winning students. Furthermore, many also support the competition financially, as Shine is a charity reliant on sponsorship. All contributions go directly to running the competition and throwing the fantastic awards gala in the summer.

We are hugely grateful to our judges and sponsors. Their continuing and enthusiastic support of Shine is an indication of how highly they rate the calibre of the school magazine and newspaper entries coming in each year.

The panel spends a whole day looking over every aspect of the shortlisted entries, looking for innovation, creativity, coherence, enthusiasm, humour, effort, evidence of teamwork, as well as great photography, skilled and considered journalism and incisive editing.

Your team could be judged by this panel of experts, and it might just be the first stepping stone to their careers in publishing or print. Make sure that they don’t miss the opportunity to Shine this year!

As ever, get in touch on email via

Alison Strachan
Chair of Shine

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