Good journalism matters more than ever in an age of mass disinformation. It exposes wrongdoing and injustice, scrutinises people in power and champions good causes. Democracy relies on it. And today’s student journalists are the future of trusted news and information in Scotland.

So The Herald is proud to launch our Student Press Awards for 2024. Our awards will recognise Scotland’s most talented student journalists, production staff and editors. All students studying at Scottish Higher or Further Education establishments are invited to submit work to our panel of judges headed up by The Herald Editor, Catherine Salmond.

Winners of the News Writer of the Year, Features Writer of the Year, Sports Writer of the Year and Columnist of the Year categories will each receive a week’s work experience with The Herald editorial team in Glasgow.

The Student Journalist of the Year will also be offered the unique opportunity to join The Herald editorial team for a four-week paid internship during the summer of 2024.

The deadline for entries is Wednesday, April 24, 2024 and there will be an award ceremony in our Bath Street offices.

The evening includes a drinks reception, official event programme, networking opportunities, the awards presentation and a keynote speech from The Herald Editor.

Catherine Salmond said: “We are looking forward to meeting the next generation of journalists and seeing their work. It’s an exciting time to be a journalist – and we are keen to help nurture tomorrow’s talent.”

The categories are:

• News Writer of the Year

• Features Writer of the Year

• Columnist of the Year

• Sports Writer of the Year

• Scoop of the Year

• Student News Brand of the Year

• Design of the Year (Newspaper or Magazine)

• Best use of Multi Media

• Student Journalist of the Year

To enter, click here

For information on how to purchase tickets, please email