The Young Stationers’ Committee provides a forum for young people from the Communications and Content industries, who have an interest in the work of the Stationers’ Company, enabling them to meet both professionally and socially, and to raise awareness of the activities of the Company.
All members of the Stationers’ Company under the age of 40, and holders of the Stationers’ Company bursaries are automatically considered Young Stationers. Others who are not yet members of the Company are also able to get involved, either as Friends of the Young Stationers, or as a paying member.
The Young Stationers’ Committee is chaired by Dominic Graham with members representing the Company’s industry trades, as well as both bursary recipients and established young professionals.
On Monday 16 July the Young Stationers gathered at Stationers' Hall for their annual dinner. They had decided this year to focus on a rather larger number of awards plus the Young Stationers' Prize rather than have a guest speaker and it was a wonderful occasion when the achievements of six young people in the communications and content industries were recognised. It should also be noted here that those receiving the awards were selected from very strong shortlists in each sector.
The winners of the five Sector Awards were:
Marie Cannon, Knowledge and Information Officer at Clifford Chance, received the
Young Stationers’ Award for Books and Archiving - In addition to developing her own career, the judges were impressed by her commitment to ongoing learning, and contribution to the development of librarianship through the likes of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) and Commercial, Legal & Scientific Information Group (CLSIG).
Salma Haidrani, Freelance Journalist, received the Young Stationers’ Award for Journalism and Communications for her writing which takes a fresh perspective on themes such as women’s rights and the role of culture and religion in today’s society, particularly within minority communities.
Callum Edwards, Digital Marketing Manager at Prima Software, received the Young Stationers’ Award for Office Products and Supplies for launching the Prima’s rebrand and integrated marketing campaign to much success.
Julie Chen, Co-Founder and Director at The Cheeky Panda, received the Young Stationers’ Award for Print, Paper, and Packaging for her radically new approach to papermaking, using bamboo to create a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional paper.
Nina-Sophia Miralles, Co-Founder and Editor at Londnr, received the Young Stationers’ Award for Publishing, Digital, and Design. Her award which was given for having achieved the launch of her own digital magazine, which is now approaching its first print issue. Nina’s award was collected on her behalf by Felix Lecoq.
The Winner of the overall Young Stationers' Prize was Freeman Dr Shane Tilton. Dr Tilton is Assistant Professor of Multimedia Journalism at Ohio Northern University and in making this award the judges recognised his commitment to both his subject and his students, while acknowledging the number of awards that he had received from within the industry. These, they said, demonstrate his standing within both his academic subject and the broader industry. The judges felt the need to acknowledge the importance of the all-round contributions made by Doctor Tilton not only in the educational sphere but also with regard to the benefits for students in terms of training and support in preparing them for the professional world.” The main photo shows, from left to right, Ian Buckley , last year's winner (who made the presentation of the pewter salver) the Master and Dr Tilton.
On Monday, 25 July 2017 the plans of the YS committee came to fruition in their annual dinner held at the Hall. Celebrated author and journalist from the Telegraph Liveryman Dr Simon Heffer was the speaker and commented on the need for skilled and professional, journalists and on how the Company is helping in this with its post-graduate bursary scheme on which he had enjoyed being a mentor.
Stationers, please consider nominating someone for the 2016 Young Stationer's Prize.
The prize recognises a young person who has achieved great success in their career; made an outstanding contribution to the sector in which they are working; or achieved success outside their immediate world of work in interesting ways which are relevant to the ethos and trades of the Worshipful Company Of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.
Young Stationers has entered its third year and is celebrating how far it has come. Membership has risen and ‘the State of the Young Stationers is strong’! The range of events has been a great success, from charity dinners to prestigious guest speakers.
For more information and an update on the state of the Young Stationers please click here.
The Young Stationers' Prize for 2015 was awarded to Angela Clarke at the YS Annual Dinner on Monday 20 July at Stationers' Hall. Angela is known for her Confessions of a Fashionista but is also a highly regarded playwright and columnist. Read the full announcement here.
Pádraig Belton writes - a plethora of Young Stationers and bursary recipients gathered for an Intellectual Property Speakeasy at Inner Temple on 31st March (recession-busting, due to the kind help of several tame Benchers, at £29!). They came a joint first in the ensuing pub quiz, then lost out – very unfairly, everyone thought! - in the impromptu Intellectual Property limerick-writing 'sudden death' round. There were several judges from the Court of Appeal along, letting their hair (and wigs) down, and a quip-filled discussion on copyright and internet issues from Professor Sam Ricketson and Phil Roberts (One Essex Court). This all was smashingly organised by intrepid Young Stationer Dr Barbara Lauriat (pictured: photo by Mel Cunningham), lecturer in IP law at King's College London.
What is it?
The Young Stationers’ Prize is awarded, annually, to a young person who, in the opinion of the judges, has achieved great success in their career; made an outstanding contribution to the sector in which they are working; or achieved success outside their immediate world of work in interesting ways which are relevant to the ethos and trades of the Stationers’ Company.
Past winners of The Young Stationers’ Prize have been Angela Clarke, novelist, playwright, and columnist; and Katie Glass, of the Sunday Times. Proxime accesserunt prizes have been awarded to Laura Summers, Rosamund Urwin, Nicholas Coveney and Andrew Barker.
Who should apply?
Nominations from all of the Stationers’ Trades are eligible, including but by not limited to: printing, packaging, publishing, digital media, journalism, libraries, archives and copyright.
Anyone can apply, or be nominated for The Young Stationers’ Prize – candidates who nominate themselves, or who are not already members of the Stationers’ Company will not be at a disadvantage.
To qualify for the prize, nominees should be under the age of 40 and able to demonstrate an interest in the activities of the Company, and have the attributes relevant to membership.
How does it work?
This year’s Judging Panel is Chaired by Sue Pandit, Court Assistant and governor of Stationers Crown Woods Academy, and will include representatives from the Stationers’ Trades, as well as the Young Stationers’ Committee.
The Worshipful Company of Pewterers has very kindly donated the Prize trophy, to reflect the close ties between the Pewterers and the Stationers. The names of each year’s prizewinners are engraved on the trophy. A book prize will be presented if the judges choose to award a proxime accessit or accesserunt.
The prize will be presented at the Young Stationers’ Annual Dinner in Stationers' Hall, on Monday, 18th July – and we particularly encourage all prize applicants to attend, together with family or colleagues. Tickets are available via the Stationers’ events page www.stationers.org/events
How to apply?
Candidates or nominators can submit any supporting materials or specimens of work which they believe will strengthen their application, as a minimum, each application should include: a brief CV; a short statement by the nominator (or personal statement); and least one additional letter of reference
Applications may be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to Young Stationers’ Prize, c/o Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD. If sending by post, please consider also sending us email notification so as to avoid disappointment.
When to apply?
Applications are welcome at any time throughout the year, but any nominations received after Friday, 24th June 2016 will not be eligible for this year’s prize.
Nominations for the 2016 Young Stationers’ Prize are now closed. Any submissions now received will be counted towards next year’s prize.
We are extremely grateful to all of those who have submitted a nomination, our Judging Panel will now be reviewing the candidates’ applications and selecting the Short List and Winner, which will be announced at our Young Stationers’ Annual Dinner on Monday, 18 July.
This year’s Judging Panel is:
- Sue Pandit (Chair) – Court Assistant and governor of Stationers Crown Woods Academy
- Gordon Christiansen – Managing Director, Marketing SVP, Business Leader
- Angela Clarke – last year’s Prize winner, author, playwright and columnist
- Michael Gardner – Chief Executive, the BOSS Federation
- Dominic Graham – Chairman, Young Stationers’ Committee
- Emma Hartley – Livery Committee Representative, journalist, author and blogger
- Charlotte Middleton – Young Stationers’ Committee representative
- Sara Pink – Head of Guildhall and City Business, City of London Corporation