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Creative Pupils Invited to ‘Impress’ at the Scottish School Media Awards

Pupils attending Scotland’s 427 secondary schools are being encouraged to submit their print or online ‘newspaper’ for the Scottish School Media Awards, with the best of the entries from Scotland’s young creative talent being revealed at a ceremony in Edinburgh six months from now.

The awards aim to encourage young people into careers in publishing and the creative industries, and are of particular interest to pupils who have an interest in writing, photography, design and business, giving them a unique opportunity to demonstrate their organisational skills, team work and creative flair, while gaining hands-on experience in managing a project from start to finish.

Organised by major Scottish company Menzies Distribution, which has been working with the newspaper and publishing industries for nearly two centuries, the awards also aim to support the Curriculum for Excellence by building confidence and showing how different school subjects can come together as part of a wider learning experience.

All Scottish secondary schools have been invited to submit creative award entries for a range of categories, from outstanding features to the most exceptional finished magazine or newspaper. Pupils have until Wednesday 30 April to submit their entries, with the imPRESS judging panel looking for pupil-led projects that have evidence of strong content and commercial thinking.

David McIntosh, Managing Director of Menzies Distribution, said: “We’re proud of our long association with Scotland’s media and publishing industries, which is why we want to help celebrate their importance and inspire young people into thinking about a career in these creative sectors. As a country, we have produced many talented individuals over the years and I’m sure the next generation will be equally capable, so we are all looking forward to seeing many strong entries over the coming months.”

Students can be guided by their teachers but the ideas, content, design and business strategy must be pupil-led. The awards will include 14 different categories including:

1. Magazine
2. Newspaper
3. Newsletter
4. Online presence/publication
5. Commercial strategy
6. Design and layout
7. Distribution and logistics
8. Editorial content
9. Feature article
10. Front cover
11. Original photography that enhances a cover, feature or article
12. Sports columnist
13. Inspirational teacher
14. Outstanding pupil

Winners of the awards will be invited to a special awards ceremony to be held in Edinburgh on Friday 13 June.

For more information and to register, visit