The Shine School Media Awards (supported by the Worshipful Company of Stationers’) is a free national competition for secondary schools across the UK and the students who write, edit, design and fund-raise for their school newspaper, magazine, podcast or website. The annual culmination of each year’s competition is a gala ceremony held in central London with student workshops and guest speakers.
On 27 June this year the guest speaker, Sir Nicholas Coleridge (former president, Condé Nast International) had inspirational words for the winners: “If my school hadn’t had a magazine to work on, to get my eye in, I probably would have ended up doing a completely different job,” he told them. “All the skills I learnt on a school magazine have been so helpful – commissioning articles, writing a brief, sub-editing, design and layout, writing headlines. They gave me a real head start in life.”
This year the ceremony was held at the Royal Over-Seas League in Mayfair, where pupils, teachers, judges and guests assembled for a day of workshops, seminars, lunch and prizes.
Building on the success of its first decade, the competition, which celebrates school journalism in all its various forms, is going from strength to strength, evidenced by the 341 entries it attracted this year against 228 in 2021. A total of 57 schools were involved, 20 of which were new to the Awards. This year, two former winners joined the judging panels, which also included Kenya Hunt, editor-in-chief of Elle UK magazine, and former BBC presenter Peter Day who is a Liveryman of the Stationers’ Company.
Shine 2022 categories and winners
- Newspaper front cover: The Reason, Ermysted’s Grammar School
- Magazine cover: St John’s School, Leatherhead
- Illustration and artwork: Emma Shaw, Rushcliffe Spencer Academy
- Cartoon: Liz Scargill, Kingsbridge Community College
- Design newspaper: The Reason, Ermysted’s Grammar School
- Design magazine: Term, Tarporley High School & Sixth Form College
- Photograph: Magnus McLeod, The King’s School Worcester
- Audio: Li Friess & Joseph Foley, King Edward V1 School, Stratford – on - Avon
- Business and marketing strategy: Ibrahim Jamal, Altrincham Grammar School for Boys
- Sustainability initiative: The Reason, Ermysted’s Grammar School
- Writer of the year: Fiction – Neelkantha Mukherjee, The Perse school
- Writer of the year: Non-Fiction – Hilary Hanslin, Ibstock place School
- Editor of the year: Hannah Harvey, Ibstock place School
- Designated topic: Ukraine – Fynn Rose, King Edward V1 Five Ways School
- Designated topic: Climate Change – Wurdaan Kashif, Altrincham Grammar School for Boys
- Overall content: King Edward V1 Five Ways School
- Inspirational teacher: Zoe Jaynes, Stratford School Academy
- Online magazine: Peak, Taipei European School
- Best digital: Abridges, Kingsbridge Community College
- Best newspaper: The Reason, Ermysted’s Grammar School
- Best magazine: Beacon, King Edward V1 Handsworth School for Girls
- The Harrison Cup: Stationers Crown Woods Academy
- Terry Mansfield CBE award for tomorrow’s talent: Eliza Clark, King Edward V1 Handsworth School for Girls
A full list of award winners can be seen on The Shine School Media Awards website and registrations for the 2023 awards can be made via the same link.Keep up-to-date with publishing news: sign up here for InPubWeekly, our free weekly e-newsletter.