Students at Glasgow Clyde College receive awards for their work on Paisley’s Pattern magazine

Glasgow Clyde College students received the Clyde Outside awards last week for their production of the Pattern magazine. 

Students from second year HND Practical Journalism at Cardonald campus have been rewarded for their hard work on the Paisley express supplement this year. 

Heléna Morrow, Sales Director for Media Scotland, opened the ceremony at the Daily Record headquarters in Glasgow and Gavin McInally, editor of the Paisley Daily Express, presented the awards to the students.

McInally complimented the students: “The quality of the submissions was fantastic, they really had a great understanding of art and culture, music, feature and sport.”

Lauren Brownlie won best Student Journalist of the Year, Iain Galbraith and Darren Mcconachie were jointly awarded the Best Media students award and Caoimhe Barrett received the Editor’s Choice award.

Students awarded for their work with Clyde Outside


Karen Bale, the lecturer who brought the project to Glasgow Clyde College, was proud of the students’ achievements:

“The design was beautiful – down to the talent of the chief designer, Hannah McLaren, and the quality of the final product was down to the talented writers within the group and the close attention to detail in subbing and designing the magazine, led by editor Hannah Gunn.

“To have such high praise from the editor of the Paisley Daily Express meant so much to us all.”

The students were grateful to Bale for her help and support. Darren Mcconachie said, “We’d like to thank Karen Bale for allowing us to be ourselves and trusting us.”

The project is the result of a collaboration with Media Scotland, Paisley Daily Express and QTS initiated by Bale, who teaches News Writing at Glasgow Clyde College.

Morrow, from Media Scotland, said of the collaboration:

“We’re up to year three of these awards, they got better and bigger this year and the students have great experience of a byline in print, a byline online and a chance of work experience works very well for them and for us too.”

Robert Anderson, Glasgow Clyde College Assistant Principal, Faculty of Business, Creative and Digital Industries, attended the event, as well as two more lecturers from the course, Felicity Teasdale and Claire Thomas.

Bale said about the project:

“I’d like to thank Gavin McInally, Helena Morrow and our incredible sponsors QTS – in particular Phyllis McLeish and Lisa McGhee for the huge support they have given us. Without them all this project simply wouldn’t happen.”

The Pattern magazine could be found inside the Paisley Daily Express and copies are still available to pick up at Cardonald campus.

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