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Live! Takes Guardian Award

Nov 21 2007 23:43
William the Conquerer
Live! has been named best student website in the 2007 Guardian Student Media Awards.
L to R: Peter Dominiczak with comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli and Live! Editor Ashley Brown

First published as an article by Andrew Holland at 21:07 on 21 Nov 2007

Live! has been successful at the Guardian Student Media Awards in Camden this evening, returning with a stylish glass trophy. Live! was shortlisted in the category of "best student website". The website for the University of York's Nouse took second place. Last year's Felix travel writer, Peter Dominiczak, took the prize in his category, giving Imperial 100% success from the shortlists.

The Live! Editor's long-suffering girlfriend insisted this picture be used

In a video at the awards ceremony Steve Herrmann, editor of BBC News Interactive, described the reasons for Live!'s success, praising the use of video on the site and its up-to-date nature. The judges recognised Live! as a place where students came to "communicate" and as a lively interactive website that "really let you get the feel of the place". The other judges included Steve Busfield, editor of and Georgina Henry, executive comment editor of the Guardian.

The station manager of stoic tv and presenter of Ask the President, John Anderson, joined the Live! Editor at the awards ceremony as an acknowledgment of his contribution to the video content which helped Live! clinch the award.


Durham's Live!-esque Durham 21 was yet again unable to take an award, despite winning best website in the NUS student media awards almost every year since its founding in 2001.

Other publications on the shortlist were:

  •, University of Sheffield - Website of Sheffield Steel, Sheffield's newspaper.
  •, University of York - Founded by students and now set up as a non-profit company, The Yorker is an independent website for the University of York which includes video content.

None of the websites listed this year had achieved success previously, so it was a foregone conclusion that new blood would take the top prizes.

If you want to see what helped win the award for Live!, you can take a look at Live's Best Bits of 2006-2007.

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Discussion about “Live! Takes Guardian Award”

The comments below are unmoderated submissions by Live! readers. The Editor accepts no liability for their content, nor for any offence caused by them. Any complaints should be directed to the Editor.
1. Tomo   
Nov 21 2007 21:27

Awesome, well done guys. Congrats.

Well done Peter!

Back to work...

Nov 22 2007 00:14

Congratulations, you deserved it. Well done one and all!

Nov 22 2007 01:09

Congrats guys!

Nov 22 2007 09:31

Very very well done, totally deserved it.

(Intesting how people are not afraid to put their names when it's in support)


Nov 22 2007 10:52

Well Done Ashley!

What happened to that 'Student Website of the Year' Graphic you were working on instead of doing your PhD?

Nov 22 2007 11:02

I decided I should probably do the PhD instead...

Nov 22 2007 11:09

congratulations. I read your website with interest and follow your discussions regularly. I find it as good as all the various newspapers that I also read.

Nov 22 2007 11:35

Congrats - Well done!

[Does this mean that you can sort a post-blocker for TfL/Student Oyster discussion now?]

9. Sid   
Nov 22 2007 13:51

Many congratulations Ashley - brilliant job!

Nov 22 2007 13:51

Congratulations Ashley.

I do find it somewhat ironic that the Union won't have Live! updates on its front page but as soon as you win an award you are plastered all over the front page!

Nov 22 2007 15:19

Ash, you win the guardian media awards and less than half a day later you go all corporate logos on us? Even the writing on the links has gone BP Green!!!

Nov 22 2007 18:38

That's because are sponsoring Live! for a couple of months, fresh from their sponsorship of the Lord Mayor's Show.

Nov 23 2007 09:57

Yeah well done Live! and make sure you prolong your PhD as much as possible Ashman, for the real world calls for early mornings and crazy rush hour commuting madness.

14. Tom E   
Nov 23 2007 10:35

Congratulations, Ashley! Well deserved.

Nov 23 2007 11:31

Danny - you can't have bad news on a propaganda site, that would just be silly.

16. Seb   
Nov 23 2007 12:24


Nov 23 2007 14:33

Congratulations, well deserved.

Nov 23 2007 20:18

Congrats Ashley!

Nov 24 2007 14:59

Given that last year John Collins insisted only 8 hacks read live and there are at least 14 different people posting here, I wonder what he thinks now.

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