The First Annual Student View Awards

Categories for the awards include Northern, Social Affairs, Crime, Best Scoop and Best Article Idea.

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We’ve taught well over 400 students this year, and every school we have been in has brought us new experiences and new stories from the young people with which we work. We’ve heard about black markets in Cardiff, Doncaster’s rat problem, and hundreds of other insights, big and small, you’d never get without talking to young people in their communities.

We’ve had the great fortune to train young people as local news reporters, showing them how to turn their personal experiences and knowledge into stories that will make a difference, however small. These experiences have humbled us, and we are grateful to the children for allowing us into their lives.

We are delighted to say thank you to those children in the form of our first ever annual awards! Somewhat disrupted by the pandemic, but the show goes on!

We have several categories of Highly Commended reporting, and then two major award categories, both of which come with a £250 prize. Both awards are named after James Mawson, who has supported the charity through thick and thin, never expecting a shred of recognition for his generosity, patience and counsel. The Student View would not be in the place it is without him.


Major Awards: 

The James Mawson Reporter of the Year:

Amir from Cockburn School in Leeds, for his ability, behaviour, and his reporting on homelessness in Leeds with his project partner Connor.

Nominated: Romano from Meadowhead School in Sheffield and Martina from City of Norwich School in Norwich, both writing about homelessness.


The James Mawson Investigation of the Year:

Emma, Emma-Rose, Paige & Soren from George Pindar School and Graham School in Scarborough, for their reporting on homophobic hate crime in Scarborough.


Highly Commended Reporting:

Northern reporting:

Callum from Meadowhead School in Sheffield for his reporting on knife crime in Sheffield.


Social Affairs reporting: 

Taybad & Summayah from Broadway School in Birmingham for their reporting on homelessness.

Dan & Jimmy from Meadowhead School in Sheffield for their reporting on Sheffield Council’s response to climate change.

Beth & Hazel from George Pindar School and Graham School in Scarborough for their reporting on fly-tipping.


Crime reporting: 

Thomas from Unity Academy Blackpool for his reporting on burglaries in Claremont, an area of Blackpool.


Best scoop:

Hasnain and Bilal from Coop Academy in Stoke for their reporting on exploitation and modern slavery.


Best article idea: 

Bethany from Astrea Academy Woodfields in Doncaster for highlighting Doncaster’s rather grim rat and pest problem.

Sid and Ruby from Coop Academy in Stoke for picking out child welfare and fostering as a concern in their city.