Community and environment
We actively encourage Shine editorial teams to think about ways in which their project can positively affect the people in their local community.
This goes hand in hand with a consideration of your environment, whether it be right in front of you at school and home or on a wider, even global scale.
Get to know your community
Shine’s community and environmental award recognises a consistent, potentially thematic effort that combines your school project with an awareness of issues and news directly affecting the local population.
Our guidelines for this award state;
- ‘Judges will be asking whether clear objectives were set at the outset, if community initiatives have been promoted within your publication and whether in doing so, the local population has been positively affected and overall editorial content enhanced.’
… so if this award is one you’re keen to enter, it’s worth keeping an eye on your project from an overall editorial perspective.
If the finished project has a number of pieces with a core focus, or discovers more about your community and highlights issues important to them in an investigative way this would form the basis of a very strong entry.
Make a difference to your environment
Past winners of this award have approached it in two ways.
The first is to write articles themed around environmental issues. For instance, following the impact of the TV series Blue Planet II, many newspapers adopted a cause of using less plastic in our everyday lives. You might consider environmental issues at your school and how your project can raise awareness of these. This would be particularly relevant for a website or podcast where there was no final printed product.
The second route you might consider is to examine the life-cycle of your project and the materials used in its production. Shine’s award guidelines explain;
- ‘Central to this award is an understanding of environmental issues, for instance addressing the production of the publication and the life-cycle of newspapers and magazines. These issues could be addressed by ‘walking the walk’ yourselves – with the choice of paper stock or ensuring it can be conveniently recycled.’
Paper and the environment:
about the ‘Two Sides’ campaign
Misconceptions about print and paper are a major issue for the printing industry. All too often organisations use messages such as; ‘Go Green – Go Paperless’ and ‘Do your bit for the environment and choose e-billing’.
Such messages can be unsubstantiated, misleading and can have a lasting effect on consumer perceptions of print and paper.
In fact, the print and paper industry is a world leader when it comes to sustainably-managed materials, renewable energy and recycling.
- The ‘Two Sides’ campaign sets out the facts about print media’s sustainability.
Find out more about it here
- Download the Two Sides ‘Print and Paper, Myths and Facts’ booklet