GCU students sweep the board at the Scottish Student Journalism Awards

30 May 2017
Student Journalist of the Year Jonathan Rimmer, left, shakes hands with the NUJ Scotland's Dominic Bascombe

Journalism students from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) dominated the Scottish Student Journalism Awards (SSJA) on Thursday, March 25.

More than half of the students shortlisted for this year's SSJA study at GCU, with three winning prestigious prizes.

The night belonged to Jonathan Rimmer, who claimed two gongs. The 24 year old from Oban was named Student Journalist of the Year and was presented with Feature of the Year for his profile of journalist Richard Walker.

“I was over the moon to have won the awards,” said Jonathan, who studies on GCU's MA Multimedia Journalism programme. “I went there with no expectations so I was really surprised.

“All my classmates had worked really hard over the year. There are a lot of talented people studying the Masters with me so I feel very lucky to have won.”

Gillian McPherson was awarded News Story of the Year while Sarah McMullan, Douglas Ross and Chelsea Grierson were commended for Broadcast Story of the Year, Sports Story of the Year and Scoop of the Year respectively.

Speakers at the ceremony included journalist Cat Harvey, sportswriter Graham Spiers, and STV’s Louise Scott, a graduate of GCU’s BA Multimedia Journalism programme.

The SSJA is open only to students currently admitted on a journalism course in Scotland and entries for publication of the year must have been produced as part of a university or college journalism course.

Julian Calvert, Senior Lecturer in Journalism at GCU, said: “We’re delighted that Jonathan and Gillian won these awards, and for all the successes by GCU students in this event. It is testament to their talent and hard work and it will hold them in good stead in their careers.”