Last week, myself and two friends embarked upon a trip to London to attend the Guardian Student Media Awards. Our online student magazine, LSMedia, had been nominated for the Website of the Year Award.
As the invitation welcomed us to dress lavishly, I decided that it would be nice to get all dolled up and wear a local Liverpool designer. There are so many lovely shops and boutiques in Liverpool, but one of my favourites is Preserved Vintage in Quiggins Attique, Renshaw Street. Wearing vintage would also mean that I wouldn’t run the risk of bumping into someone who was wearing the same dress as me, and perhaps (how awful) wearing it better! Lucy very kindly let me borrow this beautiful electric blue number for the evening, and the over-sized chiffon sleeves, complete with cuffs, enabled me to embrace my inner Scouser.
Soon the big day was upon us, and we arrived at the ceremony which was opened by the editor of the Guardian, Alan Rusbridger. Alan gave a brilliant speech in an age where publishers are experiencing lots of difficulty and the industry is harder than ever to break in to. Reminding us that the internet was more popular than ever, he assured budding writers that there are so many platforms for us to use and encouraged us to pursue our dreams.
In a ceremony hosted warmly by Susanna Reid, we discovered that we hadn’t taken home the trophy in our category but were thrilled to have been shortlisted among hundreds of other publications. Visiting the Guardian was still a lovely experience, and all we can do is hope to take the title home next year!
Here’s a full list of the successful candidates.
Publication of the year: York Vision, University of York – winner. Mouth, Kingston University – runner up.
Reporter of the year: Simon Murphy, Newcastle University- winner. Lizzie Porter, Oxford University – runner up
Feature Writer of the year: Jamie Ross, St Andrews University – winner. Alex Dymoke, Oxford University – runner up.
Columnist of the year: Rhiannon Williams, University College London – winner. Charlotte Hogarth Jones, University of York – runner up.
Critic of the year: (sponsored by NME) Rachel Aroesti, Durham University – winner. Daniel Barrow, Warwick University – runner up.
Photographer of the year: Rajan Zaveri, SAE Institute London – winner. Ibolya Feher, University of the West of England – runner up.
Digital journalist of the year: Joseph Stashko, University of Central Lancashire – winner. Helen Stead, University of Salford – runner up.
Broadcast journalist of the year: Clare Freeman, Nottingham Trent – winner. Clare Davis and Michael Greenfield, City University – runner up.