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.
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 MediaGuardian.co.uk 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:
- shefsteel.com, University of Sheffield - Website of Sheffield Steel, Sheffield's newspaper.
- theyorker.co.uk, 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.