Ones to Watch is thrilled to announce the winner of our first ever Student Publication of the Year Award is:
Impact (University of Nottingham)
Impact received an astounding 31 per cent of the total public votes in the first round of the shortlisting process, more than the 2nd, 3rd and 4th publications put together. Ones to Watch chose to have a public voting round to find out which publications were most loved by their university’s students, academics and even alumni, and the huge amount of votes Impact received shows it has managed to inspire and interest the people who matter most.
Not only did the voting round mark Impact out as a clear leader, but it stood out in the judging round too. Ones to Watch staff overwhelming chose it as the publication which they thought produced the most consistent high-quality content throughout the year.
Impact was the only student media outlet to be made Ones to Watch Student Publication of the Month twice this academic year. Both Impact’s website and print editions are well designed and packed with interesting content. What marked Impact out as the winner was the way the majority of its student authors had clearly put in the extra hours for background research, interviews and FOI requests to create great pieces of journalism, not just well-written articles. For example, instead of pontificating on whether student protests had lost their power in this article, the journalist made the effort to interview key figures in the student protest movement. Again in this article on prostitution, the writers went to great lengths to get real life stories, turning a serious news feature into a fascinating insight piece.
It is not just full of good journalism, Impact is educational, interesting and most importantly fun to read. Ones to Watch always looks forward to seeing what the Impact team will do next.
Congratulations to the 2011/12 editors: editor-in-chief Eric John, editor Sarah Dawood and associate editor Vicky Urquhart. And also to the new 2012/13 editorial team who took over the reins this summer: editor-in-chief Oscar Williams and editors Fiona Crosby and Ben McCabe.
We will be back bringing you the best of the country’s student journalism in September. Send your nominations for articles to be featured to the usual address. It could be your publication next year!