We are pleased to introduce the 13 award categories for this year’s SSJAs as follows:
*Applicants can only submit one entry per category, however there is no limit on the number of categories that can be entered
*Work does not have to have been published to be submitted. If work has been published students should submit their original copy (not a version subbed by a professional journalist)
*If two students have worked on a story, joint entries can be accepted
The Calum Macdonald Student of the Year (Sponsored by the Scottish Newspaper Society)
For the outstanding student journalist of the year – nominations are from course tutors only, students cannot nominate themselves for this award.
We are proud to this year, for the first time, name the Student of the Year in memory of exceptional journalist Calum Macdonald who sadly died in 2008 aged 32. Calum produced outstanding work for both the Daily Record and the Herald before he passed away, earning national recognition and respect. In his memory this award recognizes journalism which has either made a difference to society or shows evidence of investigative work.
Student Publication of the Year (Sponsored by DC Thomson Media)
For the best publication (newspaper or magazine) which is created and produced by students. This category can only be awarded to a publication that is produced in print form. A supporting statement should be submitted outlining why your publication should be shortlisted.
Student Website of the Year (Sponsored by the Scottish Newspaper Society)
For the best student website of the year. Submissions must include a link to the website, alongside a brief explanation of why your website deserves to be shortlisted.
News Story of the Year (Sponsored by the Daily Record)
For the best news story written by a student journalist for print or digital. The applicant should submit a brief explanation outlining why the story deserves to be shortlisted.
Sports Story of the Year (Sponsored by the Scottish Sun)
For the best student sports story of the year. This category will accept all sports related writing, including breaking news stories or features.
Arts and Entertainment Story of the Year (Sponsored by the NUJ)
This category recognizes the best print piece written by a student journalist on the following subject areas – performance arts, television, theatre, pop culture, music & film.
Feature of the Year (Sponsored by DC Thomson Media)
For the best print feature created by a student journalist on any platform. This piece should include at least one interview and evidence of the candidate’s own research.