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This is for everyone

You may be feeling inspired to get your students involved with Shine, but wonder how relevant your demographic of pupils is to this sort of competition.

The good news is that all demographics fit the brief: in this post we look at the categories that can be entered – and you only need to enter one to have a chance of winning an award.

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Inspiration, perspiration, results and rewards!

Now you are starting to get your students organised to produce a team project for 2023, we thought we’d share a testimonial from Alex Mortimer, who was Shine scholar in 2021, winning The Terry Mansfield Award for Tomorrow’s Talent.

It will take only a few minutes of your time, but I guarantee it will inspire you.

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‘Do it right, it runs itself’

‘Do it right, it runs itself’ is the motto of Alan Williams, formerly of Altrincham Grammar School for Boys, whose student publication has won several accolades under his overseeing eye.

He gives this advice on how to start up a student project:

I’m not the kind of person who tells other professionals what they should do. Instead, I will give an account of the things that I did in my ten years of running a Publications Committee. First off is to have a vision of the direction you want to go. Are you a political/opinion-based Publication or are you reflecting the things going on in your school community?

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Getting your students started

Now is the time to talk to your students about beginning a team project that will enhance their enjoyment of school and learning and give them great life skills!

Whether it’s recording a podcast, editing, designing, or writing a feature, working as a team on a publication is a meaningful and useful learning experience, and it is also great fun for all involved. All ages can get involved and it is a great vehicle for connecting different age groups in the school.

A magazine, newspaper or podcast is ultimately all-inclusive and offers a platform for diverse groups to communicate with their immediate and wider worlds.

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Rewarding communication skills

We’re launching Shine 2023 with encouragement from our Chair, Alison, who says;

If your school does not yet offer its students a platform for self-expression then we strongly recommend that you start one this year!

Having the skill to communicate effectively is essential for all young people, whatever future career they may end up in.

A publication offers the opportunity to learn teamwork, to work to deadlines, to think about how to get a message across, and to express concerns or interests that are outside of curriculum restraints.

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Ask the Expert is back!

This week we are celebrating more of our invaluable ‘Ask the Expert’ videos, which we hope will give you some ideas and advice on different aspects of journalism and the industries linked to publishing.

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Shine School Media Awards @shinemediawards - Oct 22
You may be feeling inspired to get your students involved with Shine, but wonder: how relevant your demographic of pupils is to this sort of competition? The answer is: they all are! Find out more >>> https://t.co/Ph4EhmFWYs https://t.co/37cRHljEhM

Shine School Media Awards @shinemediawards - Sep 22
Inspiration, perspiration, results and rewards: what one student told us about winning at the Shine Awards (and how it could help students in 2023 and beyond) >>> https://t.co/VI3qaFhj2P https://t.co/bj9MGenySA

Shine School Media Awards @shinemediawards - Sep 22
‘Do it right, it runs itself’ is the motto of Alan Williams, formerly of @agsb_official. In our latest blog, he gives this advice on how to start up a student media project >>> https://t.co/D6Y3Ieg9PI https://t.co/Jgw0dozaLX