Shine news

Staying on topic

The Autumn Term is zinging along – hello October! What was once a blank canvas is getting filled in. So it can be with your students’ media project. But first… coffee… then… where to begin?

We’ve seen a recent trend in entries which focus on documenting the everyday life of a school. Topics such as exam stress or peer pressure have begun to become more pertinent now the drama of the pandemic has faded leaving day to day experiences front and centre.

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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.

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Putting your team together

It’s such a busy time of year settling into the new term… but now’s the perfect moment to start building a project with a target of entering the Shine School Media Awards next spring.

A school magazine or newspaper will bring new classmates together and foster teamwork – as well as generating a wealth of projects across the timetable. It’s a great potential mix: writers, artists, designers, podcasters and the leaders who the team will gravitate towards.

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Here comes Shine 2024…

Welcome back to the Autumn Term!

It feels like we’re all in a new class this September, me included. Today I am taking my first meeting as Chair of the Shine School Media Awards and I have those first-day-back butterflies. Hopefully many of you will know me from my involvement over the last few years and I’m really looking forward to talking to (and encouraging!) teachers and students this year.

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Shine 2023 speech by Katie Vanneck-Smith, CEO of Hearst UK

The publisher Hearst has been a part of the Shine competition since the very beginning, some thirteen years ago, so it was fantastic to welcome Katie Vanneck-Smith, CEO of Hearst UK, to speak to our nominees on awards day this year.

Hearst are long-time sponsors and supporters of the competition and Katie’s speech was one of three truly memorable speeches from Shine 2023.

We’re showcasing each of the speeches on the website and this is the third in that series.

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Shine 2023 speech by alumni winner Eliza Clark

On Shine School Media Awards day 2023, we had three memorable speeches by amazing and inspiring women.

We’re showcasing each of the speeches on the website to read what was said which had such an impact on the award nominees on the day.

The second speech is by Eliza Clark, 2022 winner of the Terry Mansfield CBE Award for Tomorrow’s Talent.

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