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Shortlist announced for the National Student Journalism Awards 2006

The National Union of Students (NUS) has today announced the shortlists for the National Student Journalism Awards 2006.

Students from universities and colleges across the UK have reached the shortlist, beating off competition from hundreds of other journalists. Judges ranging from media as diverse as Channel Four, Closer, The Mirror and The Press Association have spent the last few months deliberating over hundreds of entries.

Stephen Brown, NUS National Secretary, said: “Once again we have had a high number of entries and the excellent standard of work has made the task of the judges a tough one. Congratulations to everyone who has made the shortlist.

I’d like to thank Press Association Training for their sponsorship of this event, as well as to our category sponsors for supporting student journalists across the country”

Battling it out for the highly sought after title of Best Student Newspaper of the year are Cardiff University’s Gair Rhydd, Sheffield University’s Sheffield Steel Press, The University of Leeds’ Leeds Student, Warwick University’s Warwick Boar and Nouse from the University of York. Other categories include Best Student Feature Writer, Best Student Reporter and Best Student Publication Design.

Some of the exciting prizes on offer include a place on the prestigious Press Association Editorial Foundation course in Newcastle, which will go to the winner of the Best Reporter category. Places on the 16-week course usually cost £4,700 and the course is widely recognised as industry leading.

For the Best Travel Writer, a four-week trip to either Thailand or Africa will be on the cards, courtesy of travel specialists, Real Gap Experience. The winner will not only be able to travel to their chosen destination free of charge, but they will also get to exercise their journalistic skills by writing an article about their experiences to go online at the Real Gap website.

Other winners will get the chance to take up work experience placements at Closer Magazine, The Press Association and The Mirror as well as claiming the £500 top prize.

The winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony on November 24th at the Marriot Hotel, West India Quay, London, where the after-dinner entertainment will be provided by club night flirt!. Category sponsors Closer, the Centre for Excellence in Learning, East Coast Media, the Higher Education Careers Services Unit, The Mirror, Real Gap Experience and Smaart Publishing will also be at the ceremony.

For more info on the sponsors, click here

The Shortlist

1. Best Newspaper:

  • Warwick Boar, University of Warwick
  • Sheffield Steel Press, Sheffield University
  • Gair Rhydd, Cardiff University
  • Nouse, University of York
  • Leeds Student, University of Leeds

2. Best Magazine:

  • The Smoke, Westminster University
  • Quench, Cardiff University
  • The Orbital, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Pugwash, University of Portsmouth
  • Impact, University of Nottingham

3. Best Website

  • Scan, Lancaster University
  • Warwick Boar, University of Warwick
  • Sheffield Base, Sheffield University
  • Durham 21, Durham University
  • Gair Rhydd, Cardiff University

4. Best Small Budget Publication

  • Leek, University of Glamorgan
  • York Vision, University of York
  • Medical Student, University of London Union
  • Sharp Magazine, St George’s University of London
  • Huddersfield Student, University of Huddersfield

5. Best Further Education Publication

  • Sideshow, Prior Pursglove College, Middlesbrough
  • Scribbles, City of Wolverhampton College
  • Student Eye, Liverpool Community College
  • The Point Magazine, Worcester College of Technology

6. Best Student Reporter

  • Chaminder Jayanetti, The London Student (University of London Union)
  • Charissa Coulthard, Gair Rhydd (Cardiff University)
  • Rachael Murray, The Courier (Newcastle University)
  • Matthew Kennard, Leeds Student (University of Leeds)
  • Matt Sandy, Warwick Boar (University of Warwick)

7. Best Student Feature Writer

  • Kevin Widdop, Leeds Student (University of Leeds)
  • Perri Lewis, Gair Rhydd (Cardiff University)
  • Toby Green, Nouse (University of York)
  • Alastair Plumb, Warwick Boar (University of Warwick)
  • Catherine Benion-Pedley, Sheffield Steel Press (Sheffield University)

8. Best Student Sports Journalist

  • Ky Capel, Leeds Student (University of Leeds)
  • Sophia Pickford, Varsity (Cambridge University)
  • Jamie Dear, Cherwell (Oxford University)
  • William Tidey, Overtime (Brighton University)
  • David O’ Kelly, Warwick Boar (University of Warwick)

9. Best Student Critic

  • Laura Battle, The Student (Edinburgh University)
  • Alexandra Preston, Warwick Boar (University of Warwick)
  • Laura Beattie, The Orbital (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Miles Johnson, The Student (Edinburgh University)
  • Laura Swinton, Durham 21 (University of Durham)

10. Best Publication Design

  • Smiths, Goldsmiths College (University of London)
  • 0+ , Oxford University
  • Impact, University of Nottingham
  • Gair Rhydd, Cardiff University
  • Quench, Cardiff University

11. Diversity Award

  • Matthew Kennard, Leeds Student (University of Leeds)
  • Dan Johnson, Leeds Student (University of Leeds)
  • Kevin Widdop, Leeds Student (University of Leeds)
  • Chris White, Gair Rhydd (Cardiff University)
  • Perris Lewis, Gair Rhydd (Cardiff University)

12. Best Student Travel Journalist

  • Lucy Beaumont, 71 Magazine (University College London)
  • Catherine Bolsover, Student Direct (Manchester University)
  • James Hoare, Pluto (University of Central Lancashire)
  • Laura Powell, The Core/ Warwick Boar (University of Warwick)
  • Tancred Newbury, Warwick Boar

13. Best Student Photographer

  • Patrick Ropeta, The Orbital (Royal Holloway, University of London)
  • Rachael Ocsingberg, University of Bangor
  • Kate Goodacre, Student Direct (Manchester University)
  • James Robertson, The Student (Edinburgh University)
  • Ching Sum Yuen, Warwick Boar (University of Warwick

Those on the shortlist will receive a letter of confirmation along with an invitation to the awards in due course. Unfortunately, due to the high number of entries, we will be unable to contact each unsuccessful entrant individually.

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