Scottish student journalists recognised at revamped awards ceremony
11 May 2012
By Lauren Cosgrove
The first annual Scottish Student Journalism Awards to celebrate the journalistic talent of students across Scotland was held on Thursday 3 May at The National Piping Centre in Glasgow. The event was hosted by Smooth Radio presenter Gerry Burke and a key note speech was given by Charles Fletcher of Caledonia Media.
Categories included best arts and entertainment, column, feature, news story, sports story, multimedia publication, student publication, scoop and the prestigious Student Journalist of the Year Award.
The event was entirely organised and re-branded by six Cardonald College Glasgow HN Media and Communication students who will be completing the final year of their HND this June. The Cardonald team worked together to organise the venue, judges, speakers, guest list and sponsorship for the event.
Lauren Cosgrove, one of the Scottish Student Journalism Awards committee members said: “The night was an overwhelming success; I have never felt so proud in not only myself, but my team who all worked extremely hard together to make this awards ceremony an achievement to be proud of. It was tough, demanding and stressful but certainly all worth it in the end.”
Alan Robertson of Strathclyde University picked up the most sought after award of the night: Student Journalist of the Year. Alan also won four other awards including best news story and scoop of the year and along with his publishing team, The Glasgow Journal, best multimedia publication and student publication of the year.
Other winners from Glasgow Caledonian University and Adam Smith College were Rosie Duncan, winning best arts and entertainment story of the year, Christopher Gen for best column of the year, David Lyons for feature of the year and Craig Turnbull for best sports story of the year.
Allan Rennie of the Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail was one of the judges on the night and chose the winning pieces along with Stewart Kirkpatrick - Caledonian Mercury, Mandy Rhodes - Holyrood magazine, Lucy Adams and Phil Miller - The Herald and Times and Richard Walker - The Sunday Herald.
Sponsors of the event included The Scottish Daily Record and Sunday Mail, The Herald and Times, Scotsman Publications, NUJ, NUS Scotland, Caledonian Mercury, Press Association Scotland, Society of Editors, The Scottish Sun, Scotland’s Colleges and Cardonald College Glasgow.
Photo is courtesy of William Topping.