We won an NCTJ award for our original photograph at the School Media Shine Awards 2016.

We won an NCTJ award for our original photograph at the School Media Shine Awards 2016. We were really excited when we found out that we had the opportunity to travel to London to be part of these prestigious awards. The event was well organised and there were lots of chances to explore the world of journalism and the media. We were inspired by the speeches and advice that was given and also by the high standard of the other magazines and newspapers that were competing.

In particular we were inspired by the keynote speech that was given by Tori Chilcott called ‘How to make the most of your career and have fun at the same time’. This speech helped show us what is important in the media industry such as, being smiley, making contacts and knowing your field. Although these are simple things they are important for us to know for our future careers.

In the morning before the awards, there were workshops that appealed to everyone who took part in creating a magazine – from cartoon drawing to paper making. This made it a really inclusive experience as it didn’t just focus on the articles that had been written. It was a really friendly environment and despite the fact that we were competing everyone was supportive of each other.

When we found out that we had won a Shine award for best original photograph we were extremely happy and surprised. Then we found out later that we had also won a NCTJ award for the same photograph. We were excited to have the opportunity to complete one of the NCTJ’s prestigious courses and were able to choose from a wide range of topics. Both of us have chosen ‘Using video to tell a story’ as we think that this is the most appropriate course for us because we both want to pursue a career in the film and video industry. The course allows us to broaden our knowledge of part of the process of film making that we have yet to explore in school. We have to make a short video to document a news item. We also have to explore the journalism side of the course as we have to make sure that our video accompanies an interesting and informative news story. These are all really important skills that we can use in the future and an experience that we will never forget.
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By Lily Bex and Miranda Luckhurst – Kingsbridge Community College, Devon

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We won an NCTJ award for our original photograph at the School Media Shine Awards 2016.