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Roar News win big at SPA Awards 2015

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The best student journalists and publications were commended at the third annual Student Publication Association Awards on 11th April at the University of Southampton. 

King’s College London’s Roar News cleaned up, snatching four awards for Best Publication, Best Website, Best Design – Newspaper and Best Entertainment Piece. 

The newspaper were also highly commended in the Best News Story and Best Feature categories. 

National Student Founder James Thornhill and Editor Lucy Miller were again on the judging panel. 

James passed judgement on the Best Interview (awarding Lauren Boyd at Gair Rhydd the prize) and Best Publication, while Lucy awarded Harry Lawson from Roar News in the Best Entertainment Piece category. 

Before the award ceremony James said, “This year’s SPA Awards really show the high-level of quality across student publications in the UK. In the two categories I judged it was a very difficult decision with all entries being of a very high standard.” “If this lot are the future of media, it’s in very safe hands.” 

The full list of winners is as follows: 

Best Feature – judged by Tom Whitely, deputy editor of The Daily Mash

Highly commended - Delara Shakib at ROAR News Winner - Jason Roberts at Quench

 

Best Interview - judged by James Thornhill, Founder of The National Student

Highly commended - Harrison Jones - Exepose Winner - Lauren Boyd at Gair Rhydd

 

Best News Story – judged by William Coles, a journalist and novelist who’s worked for The Sun, The Daily Mail and The Huffington Post

Highly commended - Dulcie Lee, ROAR News Winner - Sarah Manavis and Thurston Smalley, The Student

 

Best Entertainment Piece – judged by Lucy Miller, Editor at The National Student

Highly commended - Hannah Hemmings, The Edge Winner - Harry Lawson from ROAR News

 

Best Use of Digital Media - judged by Brenda Wong from Student Beans, The Beans Group

Highly Commended - BlueMoon, University of Hertfordshire

Winner - Epigram, University of Bristol

 

Best University Sports Coverage - judged by a judge from the Football Association

Highly commended - Exepose

Winner – Redbrick Sport

 

Best Student Photographer

Highly commended - Exepose Photographer

Winner - Daniel John (InQuire)

 

 

Best Design – Magazine - judged by Brenda Wong from Student Beans, The Beans Group

Highly commended – Wessex Scene

Winner - Impact Magazine

 

Best Design – Newspaper - judged by Brenda Wong from Student Beans, The Beans Group

Highly commended - Concrete, University of East Anglia

Winner -  Roar News!

 

Best Website - judged by Nick Petrie, Deputy Head of News Development at The Times

Highly commended - The Rabbit Newspaper

Winner -  Roar News

 

Outstanding Commitment - judged by William Coles, a journalist and novelist who’s worked for The Sun, The Daily Mail and The Huffington Post

Highly Commended - Natalie Tipping, InQuire, University of Kent

Winner - Michael O’Connell-Davidson, Editor of Gair Rhydd (Cardiff University)

 

Best Publication - judged by James Thornhill, Founder of The National Student

Highly commended - Concrete

Winner – Roar News




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