Student media was celebrated in the capital last Friday at the 2017 Aotearoa Student Press Association (ASPA) Awards.
The awards put student media in the spotlight and this year journalists and designers from Critic, Canta, Salient, Massive, Nexus, Debate and Craccum gathered to celebrate.
This year, the awards were hosted by Massive Magazine and the ceremony was held at the publication’s headquarters in Wellington.
Massive took out two awards on the night, Best Original Photography for Liam Hopkinson’s picture of a polar bear in its natural habitat and Best News Story for the magazine’s report on the Albany Students’ Association Executive voting themselves a $26,000 pay rise.
What made the night even more special was a guest appearance from none other than Mike McRoberts, anchor of TV Three’s Newshub.
McRoberts spoke to students about his successful career as one of the country’s leading journalists, and of course posed for the obligatory selfie or ten.
Managing Editor for Massive Magazine Nikki Papatsoumas, says this year the competition was fierce and she is proud of her team at Massive for a solid year’s work.
“There have been big changes at Massive this year, and it is awesome to be recognised at the ASPA Awards. It was an absolute privilege to host this year’s awards and it was huge to have Mike [McRoberts] agree to be there.
“I know next year is going to be huge for Massive so watch this space.”
The big winner on the night was Otago University’s Critic, which took away the supreme award of the night, Best Publication.
Judges this year included Bernie Whelan, Laura McQuillan and Diana Clement.
A full list of this year’s winners:
Best News Story – Massive
Best News Writer – Joel MacManus of Critic
Best Political Writer – James Howe of Debate
Best Reviewer – Chris Wong of Craccum
Best Sports Writer – Charlie Hantler of Critic
Best Column – Nexus
Best Education Feature – Julie Cleaver of Debate
Best Lifestyle Section – Debate
Best Feature Writer – Joel MacManus of Critic
Best Humour – Debate
Best Editorial – Nexus
Best Cover – Craccum
Best Design – Debate
Best Headline – Critic
Best Original Illustration – Debate
Best Original Photography – Massive
Best Feature – Salient
Best Social Media – Nexus
Best Creative Writing – Craccum
Best Publication – Critic