Massive enjoyed a stellar evening at the 2016 Aotearoa Student Press Association Awards hosted by Nexus in Hamilton, taking out five categories and coming in as runners-up in five others.
Palmerston North’s Adam Pearse was the star turn for Massive on the night, taking out the ‘Best News Writer’ and ‘Best Sports Columnist’ categories, with the judge of the ‘Best News Writer’ commending Pearse’s stories, saying they “wouldn’t be out of place in a daily newspaper”.
Pearse’s winning news stories covered a range of topics in Palmerston North, from its council forging links with the United Arab Emirates to revelations that Massey University was actively engaged in a feral cat eradication programme on its Manawatu campus.
Massive editor Carwyn Walsh congratulated Pearse for his efforts, saying:
“This is just reward for all of Adam’s hard graft throughout 2016. He wasn’t afraid to ask the hard questions and unearthed some real gem stories.”
Massive designer Marie Larking took out the ‘Best Designer’ category, with a judge applauding her efforts, saying:
“The highest commendation for the consistent and innovative use of typographical grids and hierarchy. Dynamic use of colour to create content divisions. Sophisticated overall design.”
Larking was also rewarded for her redesign of Massive’s website, with Massive also taking the top gong in this category.
Walsh praised Larking for her “great work ethic” and believes the award “was thoroughly deserved in every respect”.
Finally, Hannah Shandy, the mind behind ‘Massey University bans ginger students for 2017’, scooped the ‘Best Humour’ category.
A judge congratulated Shandy, writing:
“This entry was clever and while not labelled as such, the clearly satirical pieces were enjoyable. The beastiality column aside, they did highlight PC-gone-mad-ness and, unlike some finalists, actually had a point.”
Shandy’s efforts were something Walsh did not have a point on, saying:
“Yeah, nah, I have no further comment.”
Massive finished runner-up in a number of other categories, including Walsh for ‘Best Editorial Writer’, Lucy Keane for ‘Best Reviewer’, Massive for ‘Best Cover’ and ‘Best Lifestyle Section’ and Te Aniwa Hurihanganui for ‘Best Educational Feature’.
The night’s big winner was Debate, who took out the ‘Best Publication’ award, with Nexus coming in as runners-up in that category.
Massive’s 2016 Hall of Fame:
‘Best Sports Columnist’: Adam Pearse
‘Best News Writer’: Adam Pearse
‘Best Design’: Marie Larking
‘Best Website’: (Marie Larking) Massive
‘Best Humour Writer’: Hannah Shandy
‘Best Reviewer’, runner-up: Lucy Keane
‘Best Editorial Writer’, runner-up: Carwyn Walsh
‘Best Education Feature’, runner-up: Te Aniwa Hurihanganui
‘Best Cover’, runner-up: Massive
‘Best Lifestyle Section’, runner-up: Massive