The shortlist has been announced for the Scottish Student Journalism Awards 2012 – and it is dominated by students from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU). Students on GCU’s MA Multimedia Journalism course have secured an impressive 40% of the individual nominations, more than any other college or university, and more than all other universities put together.
Ken Garner, Programme Leader of the MA Multimedia Journalism, said: “This is a sensational achievement by a very strong cohort this year, in which impressively more than half the class won nominations. The fact that our Masters students also won nominations in all categories but one – in everything from news and sport, to arts, features and multimedia – shows the range and depth of their talent and the true multimedia focus of our Masters programme.”
The winners, judged by some of Scotland’s top industry figures, will be announced on May 3 at a ceremony in The National Piping Centre, Glasgow. Each winner will receive a cash prize or work experience placement with the sponsor of their given category.
In the Arts and Entertainment Story of the Year, sponsored by the Herald and Evening Times, four GCU MA Multimedia Journalism students are included in the list of eight nominations – Rosie Duncan, Harriet Brace, Andrew Chamberlain and Christopher Taylor.
Of the eight students nominated for Feature of the Year, sponsored by the National Union of Journalists (NUJ), three are from GCU’s MA – Christopher Taylor, Collette Cullen and David Lyons.
News Story of the Year, sponsored by the Society of Editors – eight nominations, three from GCU – Maria Smith, Rachael Fulton and David Lyons.
Sports Story of the Year, sponsored by Press Association Scotland – eight nominations, four from GCU – Harriet Brace, Craig Turnbull, Craig Telfer and Collette Cullen.
Multimedia Publication of the Year, sponsored by Caledonian Mercury: four nominations, two from GCU – Rosie Duncan and Maria Smith.
The Scottish Student Journalism Awards (SSJA) are organised by HND Media students at Cardonald College Glasgow in association with the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, the Scottish Sun, the NUJ and Scotland’s Colleges.