Guardian Student Media Award The Guardian Student Media Awards
were an annual UK-wide student journalism competition run by The Guardian
newspaper. They were cancelled from 2016 onwards to save costs.
Since 1947, The National Union of Students (NUS) have run a student journalism competition of some kind. In 1978, The Guardian joined forces with the NUS for the inaugural NUS/Guardian Student Media Awards.
In the early years the competition was modest. Only a handful of categories - for Best Paper, Best Magazine, Best Photographer and Best Journalist existed - along with awards for student radio.
During the 1990s, the individual print categories began to rise exponentially, and today include Reporter, Feature writer, Critic, Sports writer, Diversity writer, Travel writer and Columnist. Meanwhile, the broadcast categories were dropped after the judges consistently reported insufficient quality to yield a shortlist. Other categories added included Publication Design and Website. Small Budget Publication was also added, but it has now been replaced by Student Broadcaster.
Since 1999, The Guardian
and the NUS have run separate student journalism awards. The Guardian'
s are now simply called the Guardian
Student Media Awards. The NUS meanwhile, launched the National Student Journalism Awards
, which have been sponsored by The Independent
(1999-2002), The Daily Mirror
(2003-2005), The Press Association (2006- 2015) and Citizen Training (2016-)
The Awards are launched in July each year, with a closing date at the beginning of September. Typically students are required to send their best three articles from the past academic year to be critiqued by a panel of senior national journalists. In early November, a shortlist of five entrants per category is printed in Media section of the newspaper. The winners and runners-up in each category, along with an overall student reporter of the year, are announced at a London ceremony at the beginning of December.
As of the 2014 awards, submissions were invited in the following categories:
- A Student publication
- B Student website
- C Student reporter
- D Student feature writer
- E Student columnist
- F Student critic
- G Student photographer
- H Student digital journalist
- I Student broadcast journalist
Website of the Year
Reporter of the Year
Until 2009 there was a separate category of Student Journalist of the Year which was selected from all categories of the awards. This award was removed from 2010 onwards and awards are now only given in specific categories of entry.
Journalist of the Year (now defunct)
Feature writer of the Year
Columnist of the Year
Critic of the Year
Photographer of the Year
Publication Design of the Year (now defunct) Diversity writer of the Year (now defunct) Travel writer of the Year (now defunct) Sports writer of the Year (now defunct) Student Campaign (now defunct) Magazine of the Year (now defunct) Small Budget Publication (now defunct)
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- ^ "Guardian Student Media Awards 2005". The Guardian. 21 September 2005. Retrieved 21 December 2014.
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