‘Best ever’ student paper rewards reporters

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TALENTED wordsmiths from the University of Portsmouth’s student paper Pugwash News have been recognised for their outstanding contributions.

Reporters across all sections of the paper won certificates and prestigious industry placements at media organisations including The News at an awards night.

Ben Fishwick, 22, outgoing editor, said: ‘This year’s paper has been widely acknowledged as the best yet since it was established in 2007, and I’m incredibly proud of our team of 40 core editors and deputies and 60 casual writers.

‘What used to be a vehicle for student union press releases has turned into a paper that holds everyone to account and delves into issues with depth and integrity.

‘We went from being a 16-page publication to a 28-page paper with supplements, and we were shifting 2,500 copies a week compared with just 1,000 previously. It’s been a fantastic and memorable experience.’

Ben said his journalistic highlights included reporting the tuition fee protest in London, the Southsea dinosaur burning down which was initially blamed incorrectly on students, political intrigues at the union as well as jokey pieces like a sea lion sighting on the coast.

Features writer Hana McFaul, 21, news reporter Vanessa Azzopardi, 19, arts critic Flyn Massey, 19, sports reporter Andrew Ottey, 21 and photographer Sarah Jackson, 21, have won placements at The News.