About Shine

Key Shine dates

Launch of Shine 2021
September 2020

Judging of the 2021 awards
May 2021

Shine 2021
June 2021

About the Shine Awards

What is Shine?

The Shine School Media Awards is a national competition rewarding UK secondary schools who produce an outstanding newspaper, magazine, podcast or website.

The culmination of the competition is a spectacular gala awards ceremony held in the City of London each summer.

Shine is proving to be a hugely beneficial project for the future potential of all students involved, boosting CVs and university application forms. Shine has significant benefits for teachers too, meeting the requirements of the school curriculum.

Building a Shine Awards-eligible project is directly relevant to a number of exams and a school media project can contribute to the following:

  • GCSE Media Studies: both Section A – Media Language and Media Representations; and Section B – Media Industries and Media Audiences
  • AQA AS and A Level Media Studies: Unit 2 Creating Media and Unit 4 Media Research and Production
  • BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Creative Digital Media Production: Digital Publishing

Your coursework for any of these exams could well also count as an entry if it’s a newspaper, magazine (online, PDF or print edition), podcast or website.

How do we start our project?

 

What does Shine try to achieve?

Overall, the goals of Shine are multi-faceted, with the primary aims being to:

  • Encourage an interest in developing print and digital publishing skills in young people, helping them to improve literacy, nurture creativity, develop commercial and business skills, encourage teamwork and develop leadership skills
  • Raise awareness and understanding of the skills required by the media and graphic arts industries, such as commercial awareness, leadership, editorial flair, circulation strategy and design and production and encourage school-leavers to consider the media and graphic arts industries as a career choice
  • Raise awareness of the importance of respecting copyright and the ownership of intellectual property
  • Develop an informed awareness of the need for sustainable strategies to address environmental issues
  • Promote interaction between departments within schools, including English, Art & Design, Business Studies and IT, interaction with the local community and between pupils, teachers and the wider business community

‘The pen is mightier than the sword’, and never has this been more true than in these days of global communication where an image or a sentence can change the course of our cultures.

The Shine competition exists to encourage the crafting of the words and images of our nation’s young people, and to further their opportunities through links with the communications industries.

By recognising the energy and creativity of schoolchildren with an awards ceremony we are not only celebrating their hard work and exuberant voices, but also illuminating potential paths into the world after school. By inviting schools from all over the country to partake, we are also creating a forum for them to share their experiences and points of view.

We seek to broaden our national reach further every year, and hope to expand international entries in the near future.

– Alison Strachan, Chair of Shine

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Judging

The Shine School Media Awards are judged by a high-profile group of industry professionals.

Our judges for 2019 included;

  • Fran Abraham from Education Media Centre
  • Mark Allen, Chairman, Mark Allen Group
  • Glenda Cooper from City University London
  • Peter Day, legendary broadcaster
  • Hugh Dickerson from Google
  • Charles Garside from Associated Newspapers
  • Professor Simon Heffer, author and journalist
  • Neil Jones from Bobst
  • Neil Lovell from The Printing Charity
  • Nims Obunge from The Peace Alliance
  • Terry Mansfield CBE from Hearst
  • Steve Marchant from The Cartoon Museum
  • Sharon Maxwell-Magnus from the University of Hertfordshire
  • Zofia Niemtus from tes
  • Lorna Robertson from Getty Images Gallery
  • Camilla Swift from The Spectator
  • Tandy Wakeford from TwoSides
  • Katherine Whitbourn from The Guardian

What you have to do to enter:

  • Encourage pupils to build production of a newsletter, magazine, website or podcast (all categories eligible for Shine) into their programme or introduce a team project
  • Register your interest
  • Submit your school’s chosen entry by the entry deadline with a completed entry form

 

What your school could win:

  • All winners will be invited to an awards ceremony in the City of London in the summer
  • All winning entries will receive a handsome trophy to retain
  • An overall winner will receive the Harrison Cup to retain for one year
  • A framed certificate
  • A wide range of work experience opportunities

 

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