Every month since Ones to Watch launched in 2010 it has featured the student publication that has been the most impressive. After more than two years of celebrating these monthly successes, we feel it’s time to reward those who have consistently hit high standards of journalism with a bigger accolade.
Introducing the very first Ones to Watch Student Publication of the Year Award. And unlike other student media awards out there, you get a say in who deserves to win.
This isn’t the kind of award where stuffy judges who have never seen your paper decide the winner on the basis of a few recommended articles. We study over 70 student publications daily so when we say you’re the best, you can be sure of it.
But that alone isn’t enough. The most important part of any newspaper is its readership, so we want to see which papers are genuinely loved by their audience.
Shown below are the publications that made Ones to Watch Student Publication of the Month throughout the last academic year (2011-2012) and why they were chosen. We’re giving you a chance to vote for the one you think was the best. If yours is listed and you think it deserves the prize, then round up your readers/friends/mum/gran and get them to vote too.
But this is more than a simple popularity contest. When all the votes are in, Ones to Watch will announce the top three. Then the OTW team will then look in detail at the three with the most votes and decide which one has performed the best across the academic year. Once the team has made their suggestions, Ones to Watch’s editor will make the final choice.
The prize? We’d love to say we’ll shower you with money and gifts but alas we don’t have those sorts of funds. Instead, you’ll get to show off the glory of being our SPOTY2012 by using an exclusive logo on your website and/or newspaper for the next 12 months. You’ll also get a certificate for your newsroom and we might even throw a bottle of something fizzy in there too.
Ones to Watch has always aimed to show off the very best that this country’s student journalists have got to offer and we hope the Student Publication of the Year Award will be a celebration of the high standards student media can achieve.
Voting opens today, Friday, August 3, and will close Monday, August 20. The three publications with the most votes will be announced on Friday, August 24. The winner will be announced on Friday, August 31.
Without further ado, here are the Ones to Watch Student Publication of the Year Award 2012 contenders:
The Boar (University of Warwick) - Student Publication of the Month in February 2012. The Boar was chosen for being a great all-round publication, with an excellent comment section.
The Cambridge Student (University of Cambridge) – SPOTM March 2012. Chosen for its engaging content and great coverage of the suspension of a student who protested during a David Willetts speech.
Cherwell (University of Oxford) - SPOTM January 2012. Chosen for its high-quality writing, with so many good articles OTW couldn’t fit them all in.
Forge Today (University of Sheffield) – SPOTM May 2012. Chosen for consistently keeping the site updated with fresh and interesting material and its great live blogs.
Impact (University of Nottingham) – SPOTM December 2011 and June 2012. The only publication to be chosen twice this academic year, Impact was picked for its fantastic investigative features.
Leeds Student (University of Leeds) - SPOTM November 2011. Chosen for its great redesign and excellent coverage of a spate of serious attacks on students.
Palatinate (Durham University) – SPOTM April 2012. Picked for being consistently updated with high-quality news and interesting comment and features.
The Student Journals (national) – SPOTM September 2011. Chosen for its debates on serious issues from a student perspective.
York Vision (University of York) – SPOTM October 2011. Chosen for its investigations, coverage of a political scandal and minisite especially for Freshers.
***Voting has now closed. Thank you for supporting your student publication.***