Strathclyde journalism students winners at SSJA 2017

Several post-graduate students from the MLitt in  Digital Journalism course won awards and commendations for their work in my Producing Media class at this year’s Scottish Student Journalism Awards. 

Bryce Mills won first prize in the Arts & Entertainment category for her feature about a tattoo artist in America who creates free 3D nipples to women who’ve had mastectomies. Read the story here.

Sophie Law, co-editor-in-chief of The New Normal, won two commendations for Feature of the Year and the Calum Macdonald Memorial Award for her story about addiction to prescription drugs. Read the story here.

In addition, the student-run paper Strathclyde Telegraph won a commendation for Publication of the Year. (I must admit I had no direct involvement there though).

Our journalism programme wins nationwide recognition

Our programme in Journalism and Creative Writing at Strathclyde was recognised recently by two major publications as one of the top ones in the country.

The Guardian’s University League Tables ranked Strathclyde second in the UK and first in Scotland in the subject area Journalism, Publishing and Public Relations.

The Complete University Guide also ranked our programme second in the UK and first in Scotland in the Communication and Media Studies subject area.

Publication: The Female Body on Social Media

Our essay “The Female Body on Social Media”, co-authored with long-time colleague professor Yusuf Kalyango Jr., has come out in the volume Social Media: A Reference Handbook, edited by Dr Kelli Burns. The essay presents an overview of knowledge on the relationship between social media and body image. We also present the findings of our research, which asked women about the content of  their Facebook posts related to their weight, body image, dieting, or weight loss.

Best student pieces to be published

In all our practical journalism classes, students write news stories and features, which are often too good to only grade and then forget about. So starting this year, I’ll be publishing on this website the best stories from my fourth year class Journalism Portfolio and also occasional stories from excellent student work in other classes.