'Stellar' night of success for Sheffield at Guardian Student Media Awards

Sheffield Unchained receive their awardSheffield graduates celebrated another fantastic awards night with a string of successes in the coveted Guardian Student Media Awards.

In what the Guardian called a “stellar year” for the Department of Journalism Studies, we carried off three prizes including website of the year for Sheffield Unchained created by last year’s MA Web students.

Recent Magazine MA graduate Tom Banham (pictured below) won feature writer of the year and Alexander Chafey (pictured bottom right) was named as columnist of the year.

And MA Journalism Studies BA Kate Davies was the runner up in the Student Reporter of the Year category.

Marishka Van Steenbergen and Ruth Dudley (pictured right) picked up the award for the Sheffield Unchained team. The other members of the team are Candice Fang, Xue He and Ethan Chang.

Tom Banham receives his awardAlan Rusbridger, editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media, handed out the prizes at a ceremony hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Charlie Stayt.

Rusbridger said: "There has never been a more exciting time to embark on a career in journalism. Technology is evolving at the speed of light and presenting new opportunities and challenges to the ways we work nearly every day.

"The Guardian has been rewarding talented student journalists for over 30 years. This year's winners are testament to the evolving face of journalism and the ways it is being reimagined and redefined."

Unique voice

The awards, now in their 34th year, attracted more than 600 entrants. The winners were picked by a panel of industry experts, including Tom Whitwell, editorial director of the Times digital, and Guardian features writer Simon Hattenstone.

Mike Williams, editor of NME, said: ""The winning students each possessed the most important traits necessary to be successful in modern media: a unique voice, a fresh perspective and a clear passion not only for their subjects, but also for their craft.

Alexander Chafey receives his award"The standard of work across the awards this year has been incredibly high, making the jobs of the judges very difficult, and it's great to know that a new generation of talented media enthusiasts is ready to enter the industry and shake things up."

Pictures are courtesy of Anna Gordon/The Guardian.