A senior member of the 2014/15 Exeposé editorial team has been named ‘Best Student Reporter’ in the 2015 Guardian Student Media awards at a ceremony in London.
Harrison Jones, who held the position of Editor between March 2014 and March 2015, was chosen by a panel of judges including Jasper Jackson, assistant media editor at The Guardian and Kamal Ahmed, business editor of the BBC, as the best student reporter nationally in the last year.
The category for ‘Best Student Reporter’ is described by the Guardian website as recognising “talented reporters who can find, develop and tell a story with skill and flair,” as well as finding, “evidence that the reporter has consistently delivered scoops and stories that readers care about.”
In the last year, Jones was responsible for writing a number of high profile stories for Exeposé including front pages on University staff expenses, animal testing on campus and University sports team initiations. Speaking about his work, the judges said: “We were impressed with the range of stories he broke, showing an understanding of how to pick the right topics and issues for his audience, as well as the work that went into getting the story and choosing the angles that mattered most.”
Commenting on his award, Jones said: “On an individual level I’m absolutely delighted and hopeful that this can help me break into journalism, which is a ridiculously hard industry to crack. These Student Media Awards are so well known, and The Guardian put on such a slick event, that it felt surreal to have actually won something there.
“The judges said they were impressed with the collaborative work, so it’s not really an individual award – Emily Leahy, James Beeson and Gemma Joyce all played a big part as they co-wrote some of the stories.
“I’m especially thankful to Gemma, we did everything as a pair last year and she was great with all the news stuff – I couldn’t have asked for a better co-editor! So it’s nice that the work everyone on our committee put in last year got recognition, even if we didn’t win publication of the year.”
Other winners at The Guardian ceremony included King’s College London’s Roar and Glasgow’s theGist, who won ‘Student Publication of the Year’ and ‘Student Website of the Year’ respectively.