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Fife College magazine on Scottish shortlist

Selfie taken of journalism students nominated in the SSJA 2014 (l to r) from back: Jamie Delaney, Andy Byer, Ciaran Sneddon
 front: Emma O'Neill, Marie Penman (lecturer), Emma Muir

Selfie taken of journalism students nominated in the SSJA 2014 (l to r) from back: Jamie Delaney, Andy Byer, Ciaran Sneddon front: Emma O'Neill, Marie Penman (lecturer), Emma Muir

 

Journalism students from Fife College have been shortlisted at this year’s prestigious Scottish Student Journalism Awards.

The class magazine, The Common Room, has been nominated for Student Publication of the Year and was a joint effort from the class.

A number of the students are up for awards in separate categories, including News Story of the Year, Opinion Column of the Year and Scoop of the Year.

What makes the inclusion of Fife College even more impressive is that there are only seven students in the class.

The awards are open to journalism students from universities and colleges across Scotland and this year’s ceremony will be held at Arta in Glasgow on Thursday, May 29.

Marie Penman, class lecturer was surprised and delighted when she was sent the shortlist.

She said: “We’re competing against much bigger institutions, where there are often more than 100 students in each year group.

‘‘I feel so proud that our little group has featured so strongly.”

Cairan Sneddon, who has been shortlisted for three awards, the highly-regarded Calum MacDonald Memorial Award, said: “I’m really looking forward to the ceremony in Glasgow and it’s great that all our efforts have been recognised.

“It’ll also be nice to meet all the top journalists who attend the awards, though I’m gutted that Jackie Bird, who hosted last year’s event, won’t be there!”

The HND Practical Journalism course at Fife College has gone from strength to strength in recent years.

It is now one of only three courses in the whole of Scotland to have accreditation from NCTJ, the professional journalism qualification described as “the benchmark of excellence” for journalists.

 

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