Calling all Head Teachers and teachers of English, Art & Design and IT: enliven and enrich your curriculum and help your pupils win your school national recognition with a newspaper or magazine in print or online.

2018 will be the eighth year for the Shine School Media Awards – an exciting initiative for teachers of English, Art & Design and Information Technology to put pupils’ media and communications achievements in the national spotlight at the same time as forming part of coursework.

About the Competition

The Shine School Media Awards are designed to encourage team working by pupils to produce a school magazine, newspaper, newsletter, digital edition or website and to:
  • Encourage an interest in developing publishing skills in young people, helping them to improve literacy, nurture creativity, develop commercial and business skills, encourage teamwork and develop leadership skills
  • Raise awareness and understanding of the skills required by the media and graphic arts industries, such as commercial awareness, leadership, editorial flair, circulation strategy and design and production and encourage school-leavers to consider the media and graphic arts industries as a career choice
  • Raise awareness of the importance of respecting copyright and the ownership of intellectual property.  CLA is aware copyright can be confusing so they have put together this quick (and jargon-free) guide for students downloadable here
  • Develop an informed awareness of the need for sustainable strategies to address environmental issues
  • Promote interaction between departments within schools, including English, Art & Design, Business Studies and IT, interaction with the local community and between pupils, teachers and the wider business community
  • Recognise achievement and reward winning entries at a special gala awards ceremony at Stationers’ Hall in London in June

Build an entry to the Shine School Media Awards into your curriculum for the coming year and with a Quark system you can offer your students the industry-standard tools they need to create impressive portfolios of integrated print, Web and Flash design – without having to learn code!

Supported by BBC Worldwide and the Hearst Corporation along with the TES as Media Partner and Quark Systems as Technology Partner, the awards are organised by The Stationers’ Foundation, the charity arm of the 600-year-old Stationers’ Company, one of the great Livery Companies of the City of London, in association with the industry bodies for magazines and regional and local newspapers, the PPA and the Newspaper Society, and training body Skillset.

Entries should be submitted by April, with judging taking place in May and the Awards Ceremony will be at Stationers’ Hall in the City of London in June each year.

For help with guidelines download here. 

Here is a short film about the awards to give an idea of what it’s like to attend;

Key Dates

We are welcoming entries for our 2018 competition.

Closing date for entries:
April 2018

Preliminary judging:
Mid-April 2018

Final judging:
May 2018

Awards ceremony:
June 2018


Every year the Shine School Media Awards are judged by a high profile group of industry professionals.

Judges for Shine 2017 included:

Simon Heffer from the Telegraph
Liz Hunt from the Daily Mail
Cartoonist Matt from the Telegraph
Steve Marchant from the Cartoon Museum
Alexandra Reed from the Copyright Licensing Agency
Carey Sedgwick from Casella Publishing
Terry Mansfield from Hearst
Darryl Danielli from Print Week
Alice Audley from Blogosphere
Ailish O’Brien from Google
Neil Lovell from the Printing Charity
Debbie Waldron-Hoines from EFIA
Katherine Whitbourn from the NCTJ
Melanie Gough from Getty Images
James Mathews-Paul from Rogue Agency
Helen Amass from Tes
Susan Wright and David Gamage from Earth Island Publishing

Feedback from Schools

Over the years, schools have been kind enough to send in short videos of their experience of winning. We’ll add more as they appear, but we thought it would be enormously helpful for our entrants to hear from previous winners in person . . .

Bodmin College, Winners of the award for Best Layout and Design

City of London Boys School, Winners of the award for Best Feature Article

King Edward VI School, Winners of the awards for Best Overall Content and Best Magazine

“Just a note to say thank you so much for your hospitality – both the students and staff felt very well looked after, and wanted me to pass on what a great day they had. I am only sorry that I wasn’t able to attend.
We are going to get some boys on the team so that, if we were lucky enough to get shortlisted next year, I could come too!
Jacqui also said that the event was terrifically well organised – a testament, no doubt, to all of your hard work.
Many thanks, and what a great honor to win an award. We will go for Best Magazine next year!”
– Ollie Mitchell
Ballakermeen High School, Isle of Man
Winners: Best Online

“Thank you so much for today. It was fantastic to make the final again and we had an amazing day. Charlotte winning her award was so pleasing- absolutely delighted.
Once again the workshops were brilliant and seeing the magazines and newspapers created by such talented pupils from across the UK was both inspiring and a privilege. No-one should ever question the talent of our young people who love the media.”
– Mark Woodward, teacher
Bablake School, Coventry
Winner: Best Pupil

“When our teacher said, ‘You should enter The Alnwickist in a competition,’ little did we imagine that, six months later, we’d arrive at a glitzy awards ceremony at the Stationers’ Hall in London, having reached the final shortlist of Best Newspaper, Best Feature article and Best Overall Editorial Content. Quite a journey.
Our newspaper is from four schools in our federation in Alnwick, Northumberland, and I am the features editor. Registering to take part in the Shine Awards was the first step, before putting together our entry form.
As our commercial and community strategies were already in place, (the newspaper has been going for over ten years), we completed the necessary paperwork, although we just made the deadline for submitting our entry! We then had to sit back and wait. Each time we heard we had made it through to the next stage, our hopes grew stronger.
Eventually, on June 24th, we arrived at Ave Maria Lane. Although we didn’t win on the day, we came very close. And guess what? We’ve already submitted our registration for Shine 2014. So, all in all, a great experience – and, as it says on our front page headline, ‘An Unexpected Journey’.”
– Jasmine Pentleton
Duchess’s High School, Alnwick, Northumberland.
Shortlisted: Best Features Article


TES are the official Media Sponsor of the Shine Awards.

Every year TES offer winners the chance to spend the day at their offices in London. Here is a report from this year’s winners.

A group of eight students took up their prize and visited TES in London for a day’s workshop. The winning students of the Stationers’ Foundation, Shine Awards spent a useful and interesting day with key TES staff.  News Editor, David Marley, TES Social Media Manager Ben Stroud, the Features Editor Ed Dorrell and the Production Manager Isla McMillan all gave of their time to show the Shine winners some of what goes on behind the scenes to produce leading weekly publications TES and TES Pro – an online digital version.  Winning schools attending included King Edward VI School, Morpeth, St Pauls Girls School, London, Warwick School and Noel Baker School, Derby.

This year St Paul’s Girls School entry, The Marble, received the Shine award for the Best Magazine, also Best Magazine Cover.  This prize was shared with the winner of the Best Newspaper, Whitgift School.  The prize for Best Overall Editorial Content went to King Edward VI School for their publication Student Review.  Noel Baker School received Highly Commended for Best Online Publication and Warwick was nominated for the Stationers’  special award, The Harrison Cup.  They received Highly Commended.

The day started with an introduction by Jon Severs, ‘TES Professional’ Commissioning Editor and was followed by a News Writing Workshop hosted by David Marley, News Editor.  He gave the students tips on how to structure news items using the What, Why, When and How method.  He also explained different ways of getting the message across to a target audience.

Ben Stroud, TES Social Media Manager gave a forward thinking talk on how social media channels can be used to keep abreast of the news and how publishing houses are using these channels to highlight their news items using links to the full story. He said it was increasingly important that journalists use Twitter. He compared the social networking and microblogging service to a town square with lots of conversations going on at the same time.  Ben explained that channels such as Twitter are where current conversations and trends can be spotted and utilised. He gave the students a task to select a news item from a copy of TES and condense the text into a Tweet.

Ed Dorrell, Features Editor said that feature writing is the antithesis of news and he challenged the students to break into groups with one person taking the role of a celebrity to be interviewed by the others.  The students chose Louis Suarez, Taylor Swift and Sylvia Plath as celebrities.  It was great fun listening to all the interviews and the resulting reports were really impressive!

Production Sub-Editor, Isla McMilllan brought everyone down to earth by giving the students an overview of the tight deadlines, the attention to detail and the huge workload involved to make sure that TES magazine content is truthful, legally sound and gets to the printers ontime.  She explained that a flat plan is created for each copy and another of her responsibilities is to make sure that the images and the words work together to attract and please the reader.  Lots of questions were asked at this point about production.  Isla then gave the students a recent draft feature to proof read for grammar and spelling mistakes to highlight one of the tasks she has on day to day basis.

The day ended with a very big thank you to the staff at TES for their time and efforts which had made the day a very special one for everyone.  Once more Ed Dorrell offered the students an opportunity to take up work experience at TES during the summer.   This is a great opportunity and one not to be missed.

Visit the TES website

About The Stationers’ Company

The Worshipful Company of Stationers’ and Newspaper Makers (The Stationers’ Company) is one of London’s older Livery Companies with its origins in the fourteenth century. In 1403, a guild was formed whose members included text-writers and illuminators, booksellers, bookbinders and suppliers of parchment, pens and paper. They set up fixed-position stalls in St Paul’s Churchyard, and were therefore referred to as ‘Stationers’, as opposed to those operating as itinerant vendors.

A Royal Charter was awarded in 1557 giving the guild the power to control printing in all its aspects. Its involvement in training and education began when printing houses presented their apprentices at Stationers’ Hall during their first year for a fee of sixpence. In 1861, the first Stationers’ School opened just off Fleet Street and then, with an expanding school roll, built a larger school in Hornsey which opened in 1894. Over the years, the school established a high reputation as an excellent grammar school, but closed in 1984 following the introduction of the comprehensive system. However, the sale of the land on which it stood created a capital fund from which it derives income to support its charitable objectives in education.

On 1 October 2007 The Stationers’ Company merged its charities to create The Stationers’ Foundation, which is responsible for overseeing the Company’s charities and, from the outset, one of the most important aspects of The Stationers’ Foundation’s activities has been to encourage training and education in the graphic arts world, which today includes the wider digital media world.

There are a number of ways in which young people can benefit from the work of The Stationers’ Foundation. These include scholarships, bursaries, grants, equipment supply and opportunities to undertake further education and travel in order to prepare them for entry into a profession, trade, craft or occupation in the media and graphic arts industry.

Visit the Stationers’ Company website