YUSU Student Media Awards logo YUSU Student Media Awards

Once described as the ‘Fleet Street of student media’, York has long been renowned for its amazing selection of print publications and multimedia teams. After a rather full-on year, it’s now time to celebrate everything our media groups have achieved through the annual York University Media Awards!

Nominations are open until Tuesday 12th May at 4pm. They will be judged by a panel featuring some of our fantastic student media alumni, and the winners will be announced during a special online event on Thursday 18th June at 7pm. The show will be broadcast through YUSU social media channels meaning anyone can tune in!

Take a look at the awards up for grabs this year, and scroll down to submit your nominations! You’ll need to write a short paragraph and submit additional evidence where required, such as PDF documents, photographs, audio or video clips, and so on.

Award Categories

Take a look at this year’s award categories - click on the award to find out more and nominate!

This award recognises an impressive collaborative effort made by a media group this year. The collaboration could be a joint effort between YUSU media groups or societies, or with an external organisation.

Nominations should show how the collaboration demonstrated effective communication and teamwork by multiple teams to produce a successful joint outcome which could not have been achieved without the collaboration.

This award celebrates a masterfully executed, creative presentation of content, as well as the most appealing branding across all platforms.

Nominations should include screenshots and graphics, as well as videos and audio if appropriate.

This award recognises an outstanding event delivered by a media group, no matter the scale. Going above and beyond their usual activity, the group’s event will have made a positive contribution to campus or beyond.

Nominations should outline the aims and objectives of the event and how these were achieved, as well as any further information which may benefit the nomination.

Media is a multiplatform endeavour. This award recognises media, teams, or individual contributors which have interacted extremely well with the wider community through its online presence.

Nominations should demonstrate how the group has achieved this through multiple platforms with an engaging and creative approach.

Technology is a key part of all media groups; whether it’s used to improve their online presence, troubleshoot an issue, or facilitate a new capability. If you have identified a need and designed and developed a practical, successful engineering or IT based solution, this award is for you.

Nominations should demonstrate a high level of innovation and originality. You may wish to upload additional evidence to support your nomination, such as images, diagrams, or video clips.

This award celebrates an impressively argued comment piece on any topic.

Nominations should include an explanation of why the piece deserves to win this award. Please also include the piece itself, which will make a clear, well-researched argument which contributes to a relevant and topical debate.

This award recognises an impressive piece within the entertainment genre. It could focus on music, film, tv, art, literature, or something else.

Nominations should include an explanation of why the piece deserves to win this award. Please also include the piece itself, which will be relevant, well-structured, and fluidly presented.

Please note this award is open to nominations from all types of media including (but not limited to) satire, comics, columns, audio, and video.

This award recognises an exceptional long-form feature piece on any topic.

Nominations should include an explanation of why the piece deserves to win this award. Please also include the piece itself, which will be impressively structured, well sourced and researched, and demonstrate high-quality, stylish writing or production.

Please note this award is open to nominations from all types of media including (but not limited to) satire, comics, columns, audio, and video.

This award highlights an outstanding interview, either in print or in person.

Nominations should include an explanation of why the piece deserves to win this award. Please also include the piece itself, which will have been professionally conducted, and suitably detailed, topical, and relevant. Its presentation will be fluid and stylish.

Please note this award is open to nominations from all types of media including (but not limited to) satire, comics, columns, audio, and video.

Media exists to inform a community about what is going on around them, so we are looking for engaging, comprehensive coverage of a topical event, story, or process.

Nominations should demonstrate in-depth analysis, an effective online presence, significant impact on the student community, and high-quality content.

This award celebrates an exceptionally dedicated individual or group which, despite being new to York’s student media scene, has already made a significant impact.

Nominations should clearly outline why and how the nominee’s first year has been so successful.

This award recognises an outstanding news reporter on any platform.

Nominations should demonstrate how the nominee has contributed to a wide breadth of news stories across the year. They will have demonstrated in-depth research, strong use of good sources, and consistently high-quality, fluid structures.

Please note this award is open to nominations from all types of media including (but not limited to) satire, comics, columns, audio, and video.

This award recognises an outstanding sports reporter on any platform.

Nominations should demonstrate how the nominee has contributed to a wide breadth of sports reporting across the year. They will have demonstrated in-depth research, strong use of good sources, and consistently high-quality, fluid structures.

Please note this award is open to nominations from all types of media including (but not limited to) satire, comics, columns, audio, and video.

This award recognises an outstanding arts and culture reporter on any platform.

Nominations should demonstrate how the nominee has contributed to a wide breadth of culture reporting across the year. This may include, but is not limited to, reviews, interviews, and features on multiple cultural topics. They will have demonstrated an impressive breadth of ideas and topics, in-depth research, and consistently high-quality, fluid structures and style.

Please note this award is open to nominations from all types of media including (but not limited to) satire, comics, columns, audio, and video.

This award highlights an individual or a team which has gone above and beyond expectations this year, making a strong impact and a lasting improvement to their media group(s).

Nominations should describe the achievement and the process of making it happen, including how barriers were overcome, and the impact it has had or will have on the media group.

The skill that goes into media is more than just a byline or the person on screen. This award recognises an individual who, with dedication and passion, ensures the consistent functioning of their student media group(s).

Nominations should show how the individual has gone above and beyond to support their media group(s) this year. You may wish to upload additional evidence to support your nomination, such as images, diagrams, or video clips.

This award celebrates the very best of York’s student photography and videography. Any style and medium will be considered.

Nominations should include a brief portfolio of work from across the year showing style and personality, and explain how they have benefited the work of the relevant media group(s) more widely.

This award recognises an individual whose smooth, dynamic and engaging presentation grasps the full attention of their audience. There are no restrictions to the type of programmes presented.

Alongside an outline of just why the presenter is so outstanding, nominations should include a brief portfolio of work from across the year showing the presenter’s originality, style, personality, as well as high-quality, relevant content.

This award celebrates an individual whose in-depth, comprehensive articles are a staple of every issue they feature in.

Alongside an outline of just why the writer is so outstanding, nominations should include a brief portfolio of work from across the year showing the writer’s style, personality, and research, as well as high-quality, relevant content.

This award recognises the hard work and dedication of a media group committee which has excelled over the academic year, demonstrating strong teamwork and leadership skills.

Nominations should show how the whole committee has run effectively and efficiently across the entire year to lead their group to success. This may include overcoming a particular barrier or difficult period, solving a problem, coming up with creative new ideas, or running totally consistently throughout the year.

Running a media group is anything but easy - sometimes you need to pick yourselves up and start again. This award commends the YUSU media group which has shown the most improvement across the year through their members’ efforts and dedication to the group’s constant development.

Nominations should outline the actions taken to improve the group, and the outcomes of these actions. This could include: effective marketing to grow the group’s membership; running events or activities more regularly; creating and following a development plan to achieve the group’s aims and objectives, or something else.

This award celebrates the media group which has had the most successful year.

Nominations may show original ideas that were implemented throughout the year; positive and successful collaborations and/or events; improved quality and experience for members and audience alike; and how the group has contributed to the personal development of its members.

Entry Criteria

Only nominations relating to a YUSU-ratified society may be accepted for The Societies Awards.

  • Your activities must have taken place during the current academic year.
  • You can enter multiple nominations.
  • Groups/individuals can be entered for multiple categories.
  • Entries and nominations must be submitted on the official application form.
  • Entries received after the closing date will not be considered.
  • Judging

    Nominations will be checked to ensure they are in the correct category. The judges will be given the above criteria and will use this to decide the winners. They may choose to award a Highly Commended prize in some or all categories.

    Nominations will be shortlisted and then sent to a final judging panel.

    The decision of the judging panel is final and no feedback will be given on individual nominations submitted.