Coverage of innovative Apps for Good work with schools put Sal McKeown in line for award
Freelance journalist Sal McKeown - has been shortlisted for a prestigious journalism award. She is is the running for the Award for Outstanding Business Education Journalism organised by the CIPR (Chartered Institute of Public Relations).
A contributing writer to a number of publications, including Primary Teacher Update and Agent4change.net, she was nominated for this award for her coverage of innovative education organisation Apps for Good which included “Denbigh helps young carers for apps for good”.
On hearing the news, Apps for Good co-CEO Debbie Forster commented: "We’ve worked with Sal for a few years now at Apps for Good in a range of contexts. She is a committed and professional journalist who knows her field, who is looking for more than sound bites or just pushing for an eye-catching headline or quote.
"She takes the time to discuss things and think things through, working to get to the heart of her story. It’s a pleasure to be asked meaty, thought-provoking questions or to hear her tackling a story from a different angle.
"She has a genuine passion for education and is very clear-eyed about it; no easy stereotypes, heroes or villains for her. We’ll always take a call from Sal or connect her with our teachers and students because we know will be the result will be a thoughtful and thought-provoking piece of journalism."
Also on the shortlist for the Outstanding Business Education Journalism Award are Della Bradshaw (FT) and Stephen Hoare (The Independent). The Sal McKeown articles submitted for this award covered primary and secondary and show young people aged 10 to 18 developing technology and bringing it to market - the entrepreneurs of the future. The articles included....
Former teacher, lecturer and education agency adviser
A former teacher, FE lecturer and an ‘inclusion and technology’ adviser for a number of agencies including the now defunct Becta, Sal McKeown is a writer with a number of books under her belt. The most recent of these are Brilliant Ideas for using ICT in the Inclusive Classroom for Routledge, and How to Help your Dyslexic and Dyspraxic Child for Crimson Publishing.
She is a freelance journalist covering a wide range of special needs – as she pits it, “from dyslexia to physical disabilities, deafness to mental health issues, and the ways in which technology can level the playing field for young people who struggle in school, college or the workplace”.
"The week started with a real 'woo hoo' moment when I found I had been short listed," commented Sal McKeown. "I am now stunned to discover I am in competition with big names from the independent and the FT."
The winners of the 2015 CIPR Education Journalism Awards will be announced at a ceremony in London nn November 12.
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