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Shine prizewinners tell their story: Jacob’s day at PrintWeek

Every year the Shine Awards gives out not just certificates but prizes of experience within industry; a unique opportunity for students across the UK to take advantage of the amazing sponsors and supporters of the Awards. 

I was thrilled to read the account of Jacob, who was Highly Commended in this summer’s awards, and wrote to us about his day of work experience at PrintWeek magazine.

On Monday I travelled to central London to visit Darryl Danielli and the PrintWeek team as a prize for being Highly Commended in the Best Editor category at this year’s Shine School Media Awards.

On the placement day, I had to read and analyse press releases, phone up PR managers and get more details for a story, draft and edit my own articles, and even use the backend management software for the PrintWeek website!

It was a great insight into the world of journalism, especially learning about individual stylistic choices and ensuring that one reports fact, not fiction. The Shine awards do invaluable work in outreach for getting young people involved and interested in print, journalism and media: and I’m very grateful for the opportunities afforded to me by the Stationers’ and the Awards, as well as the Sponsors which without great opportunities like this would not be possible.

I encourage all young people in school as well as teachers who have not already to set up some kind of print or digital media in school and to get involved in the Shine awards, especially state schools.

I gather Jacob has added the experience his LinkedIn profile. Good idea – and well done for taking full advantage of the opportunity and best of luck with your studies which begin this Autumn.

Thank you to Darryl and the team at PrintWeek, we’re so grateful for your time and generosity.

Til next time,

Shine Chair