Journalism students commended at national NCTJ awards

Glasgow Clyde College journalism students were commended at this year’s National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Awards for their innovative Clyde Outside magazine project. 

The magazine was created and produced by second year HND Practical Journalism students as part of their graded unit. 

The prestigious awards recognised Clyde Outside as part of their ‘Best Student Project’ category, it was one of three student projects shortlisted for the UK award from over 230 entries.  Glasgow Clyde College was the only Scottish centre, and the only college in the UK, to be shortlisted.  

Lauren Mair, from Rutherglen and student editor of Clyde Outside 2016, said: “We are delighted to have been commended at the awards, I was so proud to be there representing my college class, especially when there were a record number of entries.”  

Over 40 journalists representing 13 categories attended the awards dinner, held at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport, Portsmouth and hosted by BBC deputy political editor, John Pienaar.

Winners were presented with certificates by NCTJ Chairman, Kim Fletcher across a range of categories, including news journalism, features, top scoop / exclusive, sports journalism, multimedia story / campaign, and best student project.

Karen Bale, journalism and media lecturer at Glasgow Clyde College, said: “We are incredibly proud of our students who produced such an innovative and creative magazine. They are getting the recognition they deserve which is fantastic.

“Glasgow Clyde College was the only Scottish centre shortlisted and the only college shortlisted in the whole of the UK, which makes us even prouder.”

The ground-breaking project was delivered in partnership with Media Scotland, owners of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, and sponsored by leading railway contractor QTS.

The students were responsible for creating and producing the magazine, while Media Scotland gave them a high-profile platform – by allowing the students to print 8,000 copies, which were inserted within a June edition of the Paisley Daily Express. 

Media Scotland also published several of the students’ stories on the Daily Record website. Prizes for the best editorial piece and the best advertising campaign were presented at an awards ceremony at Media Scotland’s Glasgow HQ in June this year.

Allan Rennie, managing director for Media Scotland, said: “Clyde Outside fully deserves its commended status for ‘Best Student Project’.  The project was innovative, creative and above all demonstrated the students’ abilities to produce a high-quality product.

“By working with Glasgow Clyde College, we are helping to motivate future generations and discover aspiring journalists.  We’ve actually taken on two of last year’s journalism students involved in the Clyde Outside project demonstrating the power of partnership working for students, colleges, recruiters and businesses.”


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