Nominations from a single Scottish journalism school dominate this year’s shortlist for one of the country’s top student journalism competitions.
More than half of the shortlist for this year’s Write Stuff comprise students at the Scottish Centre for Journalism Studies, run jointly by Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian universities.
The Write Stuff is supported by local and national newspaper titles, the Society of Editors and the National Union of Journalists.
Submitted pieces include those with a legal and political focus, such as an article on right-wing political activity, an investigation alleging that large institutions were duped into financially backing a controversial religious group and a critique of the media flouting contempt laws.
There was also a strong showing in the sports section. Interviews were conducted with the Scottish football manager, Alex McLeish, and former head of the Scottish Football Association, David Taylor.
Other entrants focussed on social issues, including a feature on the poor standard of disabled housing in Glasgow and another on a man’s stand against sectarianism.
One nominee, Mark Henderson, is the author of an opinion piece on allmediascotland.com
The award ceremony is to be held at Glasgow City Hall on the 30th.
The shortlist reads:
Key: SCJS – Scottish Centre for Journalism Studies, GCU – Glasgow Caledonian University, CC – Cardonald College.
University News Writing
1. Suzanne Hart (Hungry at Hogmanay, SCJS)
2. Andrew Davies-Cole (Scientology funding, SCJS)
3. Andy Milne (BNP, SCJS)
4. Adam Forrest (Holocaust memorial, SCJS)
5. Mark Henderson (Subway police, SCJS)
6. Jenny Sutherland (Women’s centre, Bell)
7. Zaineb al-Hassani (Islam awareness, GCU)
8. Roisin McGroarty (Scotland’s youth, GCU)
9. Gillian Harvey (Charity thieves, GCU)
10. Jayne Goodsir (Women’s centre, GCU)