Education Policy | Post Primary | Preschool | Primary | Tertiary | Search

 

Critic named Best Student Publication once again

PRESS RELEASE FOLLOWS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Otago University's student publication Critic was named the best publication by a panel of media experts for the second year running at the annual Aotearoa Student Press Association (ASPA) awards held in Auckland on Saturday, October 7 in association with the NZ Listener.

Critic scooped five of the 14 categories, including Best Columnist, Best Reviewer, Best Feature Writer and Best News Writer. Victoria University's Salient placed second and Auckland University's Craccum third.

TVNZ reporter and Sunday magazine features writer Olivia Kember says of Critic: "Unusually for a student magazine, Critic has a tone – intelligent, perceptive and witty – which carries through every page. The design is slick; the headlines smart; the articles relevant, well-written and engaging. I like the way Critic treats topics judiciously but without heaviness or pretension. Even the small items are inventive and funny. It's a very accessible, enjoyable read."

Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade foreign policy officer Michael Appleton says that Critic and Salient were of a considerably higher standard than the other publications. "All new student magazine editors would do well to take a good look at this year's Critic and Salient and learn what made them a cut above the rest."

Massey University's Wellington Campus publication Magneto took out the Best Small Publication category. "If I were at Massey at Wellington I'd definitely read Magneto every week," says Kember. "Its scope is small - student culture in the capital city – but it's covered with enough depth and variation to keep the magazine interesting, and, I imagine, useful. The magazine's also very attractively packaged, and the health column and fashion pages are nice twists on the usual fare."

Other winners on the night included Craccum editor Ryan Sproull (Best Editorial Writer), Critic's John Hartevelt (Best News Writer) and Ryan Brown-Haysom (Best Feature Writer).

Although student magazines are often associated with controversial issues, this year judges commented on the number of investigative stories on tertiary education, which were broken in student media before being picked up by television and newspapers. Student media led the way on stories as diverse as Otago's student code of conduct and Palmerston North's business school restructuring

The Aotearoa Student Press Association comprises 13 publications from the country's university and polytechnic campuses. This was the fifth annual ASPA prize giving and the third held in association with The Listener.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 


Howard Davis: Avantdale Bowling Club

Auckland rapper and MC Tom Scott brought his stunning jazz-infused Taite Music Prize-winning project Avantdale Bowling Club to the Opera House headlining Wellington's 2020 Jazz Festival. More>>

Howard Davis: Kevin Field Quintet

With the hardest pews in town and an icon of Ruth Bader Ginsburg adorning the walls, St Peter's Church added a distinctly spiritual element to the debut of three new pieces by Kiwi jazz pianist and composer Kevin Field that celebrated our common humanity. More>>

Stage: Wellington’s Theatre Awards To Go Ahead

The Wellington Theatre Awards will go ahead despite a devastating year for New Zealand’s creative sector. Wellington Theatre Awards Trust Chair Tom Broadmore said, “the creative sector, and Wellington’s vibrant theatre sector has been gutted by the ... More>>

Journalism: An Icon Returns. New-Look North & South Magazine Hits Shelves

One of New Zealand’s most iconic magazines, North & South, is back on the shelves this week – with new independent ownership. The magazine, which has set the benchmark for investigative journalism in New Zealand since 1986, relaunches this week, ensuring ... More>>

Howard Davis: Three New Art Books for Xmas

Massey University and Te Papa Presses have published three new art books just in time for Xmas: Dick Frizzell's Me, According to the History of Art, Railways Studios, celebrating unique examples of government-sponsored advertising and design, and Nature - Stilled, Jane Ussher's extraordinary photographs of flora and fauna from the museum's natural history collections.
More>>

Howard Davis: Troy Kingi Rules The San Fran

The award-winning Northland musician performed songs from his new record The Ghost of Freddie Cesar, the fourth installment in his 10/10/10 series - ten albums in ten years in ten genres. More>>

Howard Davis: The Phoenix Foundation Rises From The Ashes (& Chris O'Connor Talks)

Simultaneously dreamy and structured, understated and subtle, spacious and hypnotic, The Phoenix Foundation's new album Lifeline includes gorgeous vocal harmonies, lilting lyrics with no lack of wry, self-deprecating humour, and gently weeping guitar parts. More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland