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Menzies Distribution launches Scottish School Media Awards

Menzies Distribution is launching a competition to recognise the very best publications produced by students at Scottish secondary schools. 
The imPRESS Scottish School Media Awards are designed to identify youngsters who have a flair for writing, photography, design and business, and to encourage them to consider a career in publishing. 
All Scottish secondary schools will be offered the chance to submit a newspaper, magazine, newsletter or online publication produced by teams of pupils in line with the Curriculum for Excellence. The winners will then be acclaimed at a special award ceremony to be held in June 2014 at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. 
“Producing a successful publication requires a combination of creative and organisational skills, and the ability to work as part of a team. We want to recognise the most creative and hard-working students and show them that a career in print and publishing is worth considering,” said David McIntosh, Managing Director of Menzies Distribution. 
The imPRESS Scottish School Media Awards, organised by Menzies Distribution, have already attracted a number of industry supporters including: Copyright Licensing Agency, CMYK Design, Connect Communications, Creative Skillset, Edinburgh Napier University, Herald & Times Group Magazines, Matthew Ball Design, PPA Scotland, Teaching Scotland, Times Educational Supplement Scotland, The Big Issue, The List, and White Light Media.
“This is a celebration of our entire industry and promotes literacy, creativity, and the value of print media to Scottish society,” said McIntosh. “We are very much looking forward to seeing what the publishers of the future produce while they are still at school.”
Students will be guided by their teachers, but the ideas, content, design and business strategy must be pupil-led. The awards will include 14 different categories from outstanding features and design to most exceptional finished products:
1. Magazine 
2. Newspaper
3. Newsletter
4. Online presence/publication
5. Commercial strategy
6. Design & layout
7. Distribution & 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 
Entries will be judged by an invited panel of industry experts based primarily on the content and commercial thinking, rather than the associated production values. Shortlisted teams will be invited to an exhibition and the award ceremony.
An information pack is being sent to all Scottish secondary schools this autumn, with details of the awards and how to enter. Those that register will be offered further support during the process, including a point of contact for any questions they may have. Closing date for entries is Wednesday 30 April 2014.
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