The 64-year-old student newspaper, edited by Kat Bannon, won the top award at a ceremony in London where Oxford University’s Elizabeth Porter was named student reporter of the year. Sheffield University had a stellar year in the annual student journalism awards, winning three prizes including website of the year for Sheffield Unchained. Sheffield student Tom Banham won feature writer of the year and Alexander Chafey columnist of the year.
Alan Rusbridger, chair of the Guardian Student Media Awards and editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media, handed out the prizes at a ceremony hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Charlie Stayt. Rusbridger said: “There has never been a more exciting time to embark on a career in journalism. Technology is evolving at the speed of light and presenting new opportunities and challenges to the ways we work nearly every day.
“The Guardian has been rewarding talented student journalists for over 30 years. This year’s winners are testament to the evolving face of journalism and the ways it is being reimagined and redefined.”
The awards, now in their 34th year, attracted more than 600 entrants. The winners were picked by a panel of industry experts, including Tom Whitwell, editorial director of the Times digital, and Guardian features writer Simon Hattenstone.
The student broadcast journalist of the year award was shared by Joe Lord-Jones, from the University of Sussex, and Spike Morris, of the University of Leeds.
Cardiff University’s Elena Cresci was named student digital journalist of the year in a category partnered by weekly music magazine NME.
Mike Williams, editor of NME, said: “”The winning students each possessed the most important traits necessary to be successful in modern media: a unique voice, a fresh perspective and a clear passion not only for their subjects, but also for their craft.
“The standard of work across the awards this year has been incredibly high, making the jobs of the judges very difficult, and it’s great to know that a new generation of talented media enthusiasts is ready to enter the industry and shake things up.”
The full list of winners
Student publication of the year
Winner – The Courier, Newcastle University
Runner-up – Nouse, University of York
Student website of the year
Winner – www.sheffieldunchained.co.uk, University of Sheffield
Runner – up – www.redbrickpaper.co.uk, University of Birmingham
Student reporter of the year
Winner – Elizabeth Porter, University of Oxford
Runner up – Kate Davies, University of Sheffield
Student feature writer of the year
Winner – Tom Banham, University of Sheffield
Runner-up – Mashaal Mir, Kingston University London
Student columnist of the year
Winner – Alexander Chafey, University of Sheffield
Runner up – Anna Isaac, University of Cambridge
Student critic of the year (sponsored by NME)
Winner – Dominic Kelly, University of Cambridge
Runner up – Jonathan Edge, University of Leicester
Student photographer of the year
Winner – Diana Jimenez Quintana, University of West London
Runner up – Andrew Ford, Plymouth College of Art
Student digital journalist of the year
Winner – Elena Cresci, Cardiff University
Runner up – Jonathan Frost, University of York
Student broadcast journalist of the year
Winner – Joe Lord-Jones University of Sussex and Spike Morris, University of Leeds (joint winners).
Runner up – Nick Stylianou, City University London