The University of York’s student newspaper, York Vision, has been crowned Student Newspaper of the Year for the third year running at the Guardian Student Media Awards.
The prize was one of three picked up by the university during this year’s Guardian Student Media Conference in London as judges praised the publication’s “campaigning spirit, its boldness and its anarchic sense of humour”.
Its editor, Jon Bentham, won the overall prize for Student Journalist of the Year.
He impressed judges with his handling of a story about student rape and a subtle interview with a British National Party member.
In return he will undertake an extended six-week work placement at the Guardian and receive a living allowance of £1,000 to spend during that time.
Jacob Mukherjee of Nouse, York Vision’s rival newspaper at the same university, completed York’s triumphant evening by winning the student diversity writer category.
Other big winners this year included ISIS, Oxford University’s student publication, which won Student Magazine of the Year, and Ruaridh Arrow from the University of Glasgow’s Glasgow University Guardian, who scooped the award for Sky News Reporter of the Year.
Thomas Whipple from the University of Cambridge’s The Cambridge Student also picked up the prize for Student Feature Writer of the Year for the second year running, and Esther Teichmann from the Royal College of Art was named Student Photographer of the Year.
Now in their 26th year, the awards recognise and reward the very best student journalists, editors and photographers with prizes that include cash, work experience at the Guardian, European flights from easyJet and a six-week work placement with Sky News.
This year’s judging panel included: Alan Rusbridger, editor, the Guardian; Veronica Wadley, editor, Evening Standard; Jonathan Ross, broadcaster; Gavin Esler, presenter, BBC; Mark Frith, editor, Heat; Dave Gorman, author and comedian; Dylan Jones, editor, GQ; Gabby Logan, broadcaster, ITV Sport; Adrian Chiles, broadcaster; Colin Murray, presenter, Radio1; Alex Breuer, art director, Esquire; Steve Pyke, photographer; Simon Bucks associate editor, Sky News; Miranda Sawyer, broadcaster and writer and Jon Snow, broadcaster.
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