Student Journalist Prize for Robertson

A final year student at Strathclyde University swept all before him at inaugural awards recognising the best of student journalism in Scotland.

Alan Robertson took a total of five titles at the Scottish Student Journalism Awards held earlier this evening, including in his capacity as managing editor of the student newspaper, The Glasgow Journal.

As well as Journalist of the Year, Robertson was named winner of the Scoop of the Year prize and the News Story of the Year one also.

The Glasgow Journal took the Student Publication of the Year and Multimedia Publication of the Year titles.

As well as completing his studies, he does subbing shifts at the Daily Record and Sunday Mail newspaper and two years ago spent a few weeks as an intern at allmediascotland.com.

Last year, he was named Journalist of the Year at the Scottish Student Journalism Awards run by The Herald newspaper. 

Also among the major prize-winners was Glasgow Caledonian University, which took three of the first four prizes on offer.

Announcing Robertson as Student Journalist of the Year, Allan Rennie, editor-in-chief at Media Scotland – publishers of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail, plus numerous Scots local newspapers – praised Robertson’s ability to make a complex story accessible, to produce an effective opening paragraph.

The awards were organised by a group of HND Media students at Cardonald College, in Glasgow.

Attendees included Sunday Herald editor, Richard Walker; Caledonian Mercury editor, Stewart Kirkpatrick; and Mandy Rhodes, editor of Holyrood.

Also there were journalism lecturers Kathleen Morgan (Cardonald College) and Julian Calvert (Glasgow Caledonian University).

Welcoming everyone with an impressive opening speech was Charles Fletcher who, among other things, heads Scotland’s community radio network.

The winners list reads:

Arts and Entertainment Story of the Year, sponsored by the Herald and Times

Winner: Rosie Duncan, Glasgow Caledonian University

Commended: Harriet Brace, Glasgow Caledonian University

Nominated: Michael Reynolds, University of the West of Scotland 

Scott Thomson, Edinburgh Napier University

Stuart Findlay, Cardonald College Glasgow

Kevin McCormack, Cardonald College Glasgow

Andrew Chamberlain, Glasgow Caledonian University

Christopher Taylor, Glasgow Caledonian University

Feature of the Year, sponsorship by NUJ

Winner: David Lyons, Glasgow Caledonian University

Commended: Collette Cullen, Glasgow Caledonian University

Nominated: Amy-Rose McCormack, Adam Smith College

Christopher Taylor, Glasgow Caledonian University

Jamie Brotherston, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Cheri Burns, University of the West of Scotland

David Coates, University of the West of Scotland

Kevin McCormack, Cardonald College Glasgow

Column of the Year

Winner: Christopher Gen, Adam Smith College

Commended: Lauren Aitchison, Adam Smith College

Nominated: Amy-Rose McCormack, Adam Smith College

Jamie Brotherston, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Sports Story of the Year, sponsored by Press Association Scotland

Winner: Craig Turnbull, Glasgow Caledonian University

Commended: Andrew Reade, Adam Smith College

Nominated: Scott Crossan, City of Glasgow College

Harriet Brace, Glasgow Caledonian University

Craig Telfer, Glasgow Caledonian University

Gareth Llewellyn, Cardonald College Glasgow

Collette Cullen, Glasgow Caledonian University

Jamie Brotherston, University of Strathclyde , Glasgow

News Story of the Year, sponsored by the Society of Editors

Winner: Alan Robertson, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Commended: David Lyons, Glasgow Caledonian University 

Nominated: Maria Smith, Glasgow Caledonian University

Fraser Glen, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Matthew Coyle, Cardonald College Glasgow

Rachael Fulton, Glasgow Caledonian University

Angela Haggerty, Cardonald College Glasgow

Lauren Aitchison, Adam Smith College

Multimedia Publication of the Year, sponsored by Caledonian Mercury

Winner: Alan Robertson; The Journal, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Commended: Michael Reynolds; The Middle, University of the West of Scotland 

Nominated: Rosie Duncan; A Package Deal, Glasgow Caledonian University

Maria Smith; The Spoken Word, Glasgow Caledonian University

Student Publication of the Year, sponsored by NUS Scotland

Winner: The Glasgow Journal

Commended: The Cardonald Courier

Nominated: The Convergent

Scoop of the Year

Winner: Alan Robertson, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Journalist of the Year

Winner: Alan Robertson, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow