JOURNALISM will have some new stars tonight – and Glasgow Clyde College students are hoping to be among them as they contest seven categories at a national awards ceremony.
The Scottish Student Journalism Awards (SSJA) event at Arta, Glasgow, will celebrate the work of students from colleges and universities across Scotland. The college’s HND Practical Journalism students will be fighting for recognition in categories including student publication of the year and scoop of the year.
The SSJA, now in its third year, is organised by HND Media students at Glasgow Clyde College. This year’s awards have been judged by a panel of top industry figures including Jim Wilson, executive editor of the Sunday Mail; Mark Daly, investigations correspondent for BBC Scotland; and Joan McAlpine MSP, columnist for the Daily Record.
Cat Cochrane, a first year journalism student at Glasgow Clyde College, is shortlisted for four awards – arts and entertainment story, sport story, news story and scoop of the year. The Call, the print edition of the recently-launched Glasgow Clyde College news magazine, has been shortlisted for student publication of the year.
Shona Marshall, Ruth Mackenzie and Sean Murphy, second year journalism students at Glasgow Clyde College, are among a shortlist of six for the The Calum Macdonald Memorial Award. The accolade - named after a journalist admired for his work with the Herald who died of cancer at age 32 – is in its second year with the SSJA.
Also in the running are Kirsty Fyfe for arts and entertainment story, along with Jenny Cleeton, Stephen Bark and Connor McCann for the feature story of the year category.
Connor McCann and Shona Marshall are editor and deputy editor respectively of The Call print edition, produced by second year journalism students during their HND graded unit. The publication, designed and produced by Cameron McInnes, features a cover story by Connor on the results of a poll suggesting Glasgow Clyde College students would vote for independence. The news magazine, distributed during April around the college’s Cardonald, Anniesland and Langside campuses, is the sister publication of The Call Glasgow.
The Call is shortlisted for student publication of the year at the SSJA awards.
Kathleen Morgan, a senior lecturer in journalism at Glasgow Clyde College, said: “We wish all our nominees the best of luck tonight. The SSJA is a unique event organised by students to showcase the work of journalism students across Scotland during challenging times for the industry. There’s nothing else quite like it. It should be a great occasion, whatever the results.”
She added: “A big thanks to the editors and journalists on the judging panel who have devoted their precious time to ensuring this is an awards event to be proud of.”
The Glasgow Clyde College student Blair Dingwall won the top accolade, student journalist of the year, at the SSJA 2013.
Live coverage of tonight’s event will be on GCR, the Glasgow Clyde College radio station.