For the third year running, the Oundle Chronicle community newspaper has been recognised for excellence at The Shine School Media Awards at Stationers’ Hall, London. Nominated for six awards, the Oundle Chronicle was Highly Commended for four: Best Newspaper, Best Community Initiative, Best Business Strategy and Best Feature Article for Isabella Bradstock’s (17) article about the Oundle postmasters.
Head Librarian, Leigh Giurlando, commented: “Editor Tom Bailey (18), who represented the Chronicle team at the ceremony, has been with the newspaper for three years and has served as editor for two. As a driving force behind the paper, he helped develop the paper’s business strategy, initiated the redesign of the logo and website, wrote prolifically for each issue and led the team. He was commended by the judges for his obvious potential in the field of journalism.”
During the morning of the awards day, Tom had the opportunity to attend workshops with the social media editor of The Sun, The City University School of Journalism, and Steve Marchant from the Cartoon Museum.
The Oundle Chronicle is produced by a group of pupils drawn from the fifth form (year 11) and above, who meet on Wednesday afternoons as part of the School’s Community Action programme. A tabloid of approximately twenty-four pages, the Oundle Chronicle was founded in 1991. Published twice a year, the paper covers news and features based on people and events in the town of Oundle and East Northamptonshire. It is delivered free to every house in Oundle and is also distributed to shops in the surrounding villages. All printing costs are funded by advertising from local businesses and profits are donated to local charities, allowing pupils an opportunity to gain an insight into running a non-profit business. Profits are donated to local charities.
Leigh Giurlando added: “The paper receives so many positive comments from its readers; we are delighted that the quality of the team’s work, and the value of the paper has also been recognised by media professionals.
There was great variety in the styles of the entries, but relatively few publications were targeted at a local news readership, as ours was. We received due commendation for this approach, and for many other aspects of our outfit.”
In previous years, the Oundle Chronicle has been awarded the Best Original Photography and Best Community Initiative awards.