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Students holding their awards at the SPA awards ;

King's students triumph at the Student Publication Association National Awards

The SPANC (Student Publication Association National Awards and Conference) took place in Bristol on Saturday 13 April. During the event, trophies were awarded to outstanding student newspapers, magazines, and journalists in the UK and ROI for their innovative and impactful work over the past year.

We are delighted to see that a number of our students were recognised and awarded for their submissions. Congratulations to everyone who took part in the submission process and for your incredible achievements. 


Our students were awarded and recognised for the following awards:

Winner: Best Specialist Publication - Strand Magazine

Awarded to the best specialist student publication, for example an arts and culture magazine, political periodical, academic journal or any other publication with a specific niche.

Winner: Best Overall Digital Media - Roar News

Awarded to the student media outlet in the UK and ROI which has produced the best digital content over the last year.

Winner: Billy Dowling-Reid Award for Outstanding Commitment - Fintan Hogan, Roar News

Awarded to the member of British and Irish student media who has demonstrated dedication above all of their peers.

Winner: Best Investigation - Daisy Eastlake & Diana Rajabalinia, Roar News, for 'KCL Tories Event Features Fascist Armband And Far-Right Language'

A new award for 2024, given to the authors of the article who uncovered the most important story.

Highly Commended: Best Project or Initiative - Roar News App

Awarded to the outlet which comes up with the best new idea on how to produce innovative new content during that year.

Special Mention: Best Student Photographer - Emma Carmichael, Roar News

Awarded to the student photographer who has shown an incredible quality and range of content.

It is an honour for the Strand Magazine to have been crowned Best Specialist Publication, and especially so as this is the first publication-wide award the magazine has won on a national scale. I am thankful to Alex Farber, Media Correspondent at The Times, who judged this award; and to the SPA for their continued recognition of the Strand Magazine this year, having shortlisted us across five further categories. Most of all, I’m grateful to our hardworking team of writers, editors and creators who made it possible to bring the Strand out of a prolonged period of inactivity, to the nationally award-winning publication it is today. – Talia Andrea, BA Comparative Literature student and Editor-in-Chief of Strand Magazine

This year there were over 1200 entries, making it the largest journalism awards in the UK. Nominations were evaluated by a diverse panel of top editors and journalists from media organisations such as the BBC, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Sky News, The Guardian, The Times, OK Magazine, and openDemocracy.

Everyone at Roar is delighted with the success we've had this year - not only in being recognised as the Best Student Newspaper in London or the Best Digital outlet in the country, but in producing so much amazing news content for our readers. The team has worked together all year to hugely improve the quality and quantity of our work, the range of activities we offer for members, the way we deliver our content and the size of the issues we tackle. Doubtless next year's editorial board will go on to produce many more amazing articles. I look forward to reading them!– Fintan Hogan, BSc Politics student and Editor-in-Chief of Roar News