Photo by Phil Rider
By Laura Redpath
It was the perfect way to spend one of our last nights together as Digital Journalism students. Dressed in our Thursday best, we were among a cocktail of journalists gathered at Arta in Merchant City last night to celebrate the Scottish Student Journalism Awards.
When The Wee G team compiled their entries for the Awards back in April, we never expected the night to unfold the way it did. Sure, our writers had sourced some great pieces, but with there being so much talent amidst the ever growing pool of student hacks, we didn’t think we would get as far as shortlisting – let alone leave the ceremony with a winning title.
The Multimedia Publication of the Year award was presented by Calum Macdonald, digital editor of The Herald and Evening Times, who credited us for having a clear idea of our unique selling point.
We’re all thrilled to be recognised by some of the most important names in Scottish journalism and we hope that The Wee G will continue to be the go-to site for Glasgow based culture reads and alternative feature pieces, which were also individually merited at the awards.
Luciano Graca’s feature on wheelchair tennis player, Gordon Reid holds the title of Sport Story of the Year and Mark Simpson’s news piece that rendered the racist attack against Humza Yousaf bagged Scoop of the Year. Mark was also commended in the Feature of the Year category for his fresh insight to the Referendum.
Our man of the hour was Sam Shedden who was named Scottish Student Journalist of the Year, awarded Feature of the Year for his journey into the deep web and commended for his article on Formula 1’s first lady, Susie Wolff.
It was a fantastic night and we’re all so pleased with team Wee G’s success and couldn’t be happier for Luciano, Mark and Sam. Another congratulations goes out to Gillian Furmage, Chris Morton and Stewart Ross, who were also nominated.
We’d like to say thank you to Petya Eckler, our tutor at Strathclyde University, for overseeing the production of The Wee G and giving us invaluable advice alongside Sallyanne Duncan, our course director, who taught us everything we know and consistently puts up with all of our silly questions and the panicking that occurs before every deadline.
To all the editors we pestered for work experience, thanks for letting us take up office space while you showed us the ropes of journo-land.
But mostly, we’d like to give a cheer or ten to the The Wee G audience.
When we first set up the site in February we never imagined hitting 10,000 views in the first week, nor did we envision being endorsed by STV or see ourselves breaking exclusive stories. We’ve come so far and we couldn’t have done it without our loyal readers, so cheers!
The team’s learnt ‘hunners’ from this experience and we couldn’t have asked for it have to have gone any better. So thanks for believing in us, liking us, and reading us. We’re all winners!
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