The University of Portsmouth scooped three awards for its student newspaper, The Galleon, at the first ever Student Publication Association conference on 12th April.
The Student Publication Association (SPA) is a newly set up association for student journalists involved in various media formats at university. The first SPA conference was hosted by the University of Southampton’s Students’ Union.
Southampton’s VP Communications David Gilani set up the association with the help of his Union and student publications around the UK.
The association was formed as a support network across the country, which is aiming to connect student publications for the purpose of sharing training techniques and to give recognition to students contributing to media formats at university.
SPA is made up of various different student medias, such as newspapers, online news sites, magazines and other entertainment publications across the country.
The University of Portsmouth’s newspaper, The Galleon, was the biggest winner on the night, winning three awards and being highly commended for two out of the 10 awards.
The Galleon won Best Live Coverage, Best News Story and Best Technical Innovation. The publication was also highly commended in Best News and Best Website.
Other winners included University of East Anglia’s publication Concrete, who won Best Publication and Best Website, and Deputy Managing Editor at The Glasgow Journal Gareth Llewellyn who won Best Reporter and was highly commended for Best Interview.
However, The Galleon’s News Editor, Luke Baynes, was also a big winner on the night as one of his articles won Best News Story and one was highly commended in the same category.
Luke said: “I feel honoured to have my articles recognised by the Student Publication Association National Conference. They were two of our biggest stories this year and they were some of the most controversial articles I have ever had to write.”
He added: “I’m also thrilled for The Galleon for winning so many of the awards at this year’s conference. However, this is quite unsurprising considering how dedicated and hard-working the current Galleon Crew has been all year round.”
The commendation for Best Website particularly was seen as an achievement by students, due to The Galleon not having much of an online presence two years ago.
Lara Shanahan, a journalism student, said: “The award shows how dedicated and committed students at the University of Portsmouth are. They definitely deserve the recognition for improving the website.”