Cardiff Student Media receives national attention

Last year's Quench and Gair Rhydd editorial team at the 2015 SPA Awards

Cardiff Student Media has received national attention, after both Gair Rhydd and Quench were shortlisted for the 2016 Student Publication Association Awards.

Both publications have been shortlisted for the prestigious Best Publication award, making the top 17 out of the 130 members of the SPA.

The award takes into account Gair Rhydd and Quench’s “overall relevance to their student community, the quality of content produced, and achievements across the other award categories”.

Meanwhile Cardiff Student Media’s print publications have also been nominated for Best Design for the newspaper and magazine categories and Best Use of Digital Media.

Quench’s nomination for digital media includes their interactive multimedia coverage of Welsh music festival Swn, whilst Gair Rhydd have entered their live blog from last week’s student elections.

The awards will be announced at the annual SPA Student Media Conference which will be held in Loughborough University from April 8th to 10th. The event will include talks from a range of guest speakers from the journalism industry.

Following their success in the shortlists last year, Gair Rhydd have also made the top publications in terms of Best Website, following a redesign this year, and has been noted for Best Sports Coverage for its coverage of Varsity at Swansea last May.

Meanwhile Deputy Editor and Politics Editor Carwyn Williams has made the shortlist for the Best Interview category for his feature with First Minister for Wales Carwyn Jones.

Representing the news section, fellow Deputy Editor Anna Lewis has been chosen to make the final group for Best News Story, following her investigation into the criticised restructure of the School of Medicine.

The news follows after Gair Rhydd and Quench won three awards during last year’s conference. With his feature about the laughing gas trade in Cardiff, Quench features writer Jason Roberts was given the award for Best Feature, whilst fomer Gair Rhydd Editor Michael O’Connell-Davidson was given the prize for Outstanding Commitment.

Former Politics Editor Lauren Boyd also won Best Interview for her feature talking to Israeli embassy spokesperson Yitfah Curiel.