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19 April 2017



Increasing Popularity and Interest in Shine Awards 2017

Stationers' Hall, London: With a significant entry from schools around the UK, the Shine School Media Awards 2017 are once again proving to be a beneficial project that strengthens the requirements of the school curriculum for teachers and pupils alike. The Shine competition is designed to support future career opportunities for secondary school pupils in the Communication, Content and Publishing Industries. By entering their school's publication - a newspaper, magazine or website, students can enjoy new concepts and challenges, helping them to work towards their ambitions and also win some exceptional prizes.

Annie Hotton, Chair of Shine says, "The competition attracts some amazingly talented students. Our ambition for the Shine competition is to make it accessible to all schools across the UK. This is an exceptional opportunity for them to showcase their talent at the very heart of the printing and publishing industry - Stationers' Hall. We know that this year's entries will have become a focus for many stimulating school projects. Categories include Best Design & Layout, Best Graphic Book, Best Cartoon, the Most Original Illustration and Artwork, Best Original Photography and Best Overall Editorial Content. These categories are designed to draw out the skills and talent of students hoping for a career in our industries. We believe Shine can be the door to their future."

The Shine School Media Awards project has many high profile sponsors such as the Copyright Licensing Authority, Hearst Corporation, The Printing Charity, The Telegraph, Tes, Google, Getty Images, the BPIF, PICON, the NCTJ, Denmaur Papers, Bobst, Pureprint Group and Print Week. In 2017 the Awards Ceremony will be introduced by Ann Mroz, Editor and Digital Publishing Director of Tes, Shine's official Media Partner. The Awards will be presented by Dr Simon Heffer, Senior Columnist at the Daily and Sunday Telegraph and Carey Sedgewick of Casella Publishing. Prizes include £1,000 for each of the four top schools plus a day's workshop at Tes (Times Educational Supplement). Four of the most promising young journalists will be offered a masterclass with Simon Heffer and two schools will win BPIF courses for 10 students.

Background to the Shine School Media Awards
The Shine competition offers pupils an opportunity to work together to produce a school magazine, newspaper, newsletter, digital edition or website. The program has over the past six years - opened up career options for students; encouraged teamwork and helped develop leadership skills; enlivened a wide range of subjects including English, IT, Art & Design, Photography and Media Studies; helped pupils develop literacy, communication, creativity and publishing skills.

For further information:
Contact Stationers' Hall office T: +44 (0)207 246 0988 or email [email protected]
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