24 May 2017
Journalism students from Glasgow Clyde College are looking forward to the sixth annual Scottish Student Journalism Awards (SSJAs) after receiving eight nominations.
HNC Practical Journalism students Stephen McCabe, John Glover, Rebecca Kennedy, Amy Maguire, Danielle Gibson and Scott Bevan are all nominated across a variety of categories including Scoop of the Year, Feature of the Year, Column of the Year, Sports Story of the Year and Student Publication of the Year.
Stephen, Rebecca and John are also nominated for the Calum Macdonald memorial award – a special award recognising investigative journalism set up in memory of former Herald and Daily Record journalist Calum MacDonald, who died aged just 32.
The awards recognise the journalistic talent of students studying at college and university throughout Scotland, and provide students with the opportunity. It also provides students with the opportunity to see their work honoured by media industry professionals.
First year HNC Practical Journalism student Stephen McCabe, who is nominated for the Calum Macdonald award for his campaign and fundraising work for the family of tragic school-boy Lennon Toland, said: “The SSJAs are about recognising journalism students from across Scotland and what they have achieved during their time of study. It’s a real honour to be nominated and I wish everybody who has been nominated all the best of luck for Thursday.”
Karen Bale, journalism and media lecturer at Glasgow Clyde College, said: “The awards are an incredible opportunity for journalism students across Scotland to showcase their talent and skills to industry professionals. It provides a great experience to network with existing and former journalists and find out what it takes to be a successful journalist.
“Well done to all shortlisted students – even just to be nominated is an achievement and we wish everyone the best of luck.”
The event is organised by the College’s 2nd Year HND Media and Communications students as part of their graded-unit project. The students used their networking skills and media contacts to secure the judging panel for this year’s ceremony which is made up of some of the most respected figures from the world of print and broadcast media in Scotland, including sports writer and broadcaster Graham Spiers, STV video journalist and presenter Louise Scott and political correspondent for The Herald and BBC, Lucy Adams.
Rebecca Keenan said: “We are lucky to be able to organise the SSJAs as part of our course-work. It’s a great opportunity to put what we have learned into practice and utilise the contacts we have made within the industry to secure the judging panel and host.
“We’re doing a few things differently this year to try and encourage more social media engagement including utilising Facebook, a dedicated website, Snapchat and Twitter – a live feed will be broadcast as the night progresses. We’re really looking forward to the night and wish all the nominees the best of luck.”
Karen adds: “We’re extremely proud of the organisation that has gone into this year’s event. Our media students have put a lot of hard-work into making it an exceptional year.”
Fred Hannah, course leader for the HND Media, said: “The SSJA Team have been a revelation this year, and their hard work and professional approach has reaped dividends. We have had a record number of entrants to the competition and the event itself is promising to be a classy night out for prospective journalists to rub shoulders with the great and good of Scotland print and broadcast media.”
The event will be hosted by radio presenter and sports writer Cat Harvey at Glasgow’s Corinthian Club on Thursday 25 May.