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Student Media looks for continued national success

Student Media looks for continued national success

Between 27 February and 3 March, KTV, InQuire, and CSRfm will have submitted their best work to the nation’s biggest and most prestigious awards for student media. They already have extensive experience in their fields and have managed to perform at a high level every year.

The University of Kent’s bi-weekly newspaper, InQuire, won two Student Publication Association awards last year and has submitted over 40 entries to this year’s awards looking to emulate last years success. Editor-in-Chief Natalie Tipping had to say:

“InQuire has had another great year in terms of modernizing the paper and website to make them both engaging and of a high quality for our readership. I’m very proud of the work that our volunteers have put in, and hope that it pays off at this year’s SPA awards.”

InQuire has a great track record of covering the issues that really matter to the students at the University of Kent and has recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, being founded in 1965.

Since its founding four years ago, KTV has also seen great success bringing home five National Student Television Association (NaSTA) awards for categories such as Best Cinematography, Best Animation, and Best Ident. Station Manager, Noor Franssen, has encouraged the KTV team to submit applications for nearly all of NaSTA’s 2016 categories, hoping for another year of success for the student media group. In her submission to NaSTA this year, Noor writes:

“This year has been a fantastic year for KTV, for the quality and quantity of all our productions overall, as well as for our growth as a station, rooted in companionship and openness.”

Video Entries for KTV can be found here:


CSRfm, Canterbury’s Community & Studio Radio Sation, were last year’s most nominated and most awarded station at the I Love Student Radio Awards. They have won Best Marketing at the Student Radio Association awards and Best Outreach Project through their Youth Academy programme. Andrew, the deputy station manager, had to say of the community work CSR have done:

“I am excited about the work we’ve been doing with the Youth Academy programme. We teach kids aged 12‐17 how to be radio producers, programmers, presenters, and speakers, which is fulfilling for me and other members of the team. It is also an enterprising skill I never expected to acquire whilst at university. I am glad that CSR reaches out to the community.”

CSR have maintained a 24/7 broadcast on FM for the past nine years. In the 2016 awards, they are looking to continue their winning streak.

Student Media offers students the opportunity to learn about modern media roles, grow existing skills, and improve their employability. It allows students to have access to industry professionals, the ability to learn new skills, and positive environments. Most of all, it gives them a voice to express themselves and to experiment with their growing and changing opinions here at university. Student Media alumni have gone on to get placements and jobs at places such as The Guardian, The Huffington Post UK, BBC Radio, Xfm, and Channel4.

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