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April 11, 2006
Letter printed in The Guardian, 10th April 2006
As dedicated student journalists, we were disappointed to read that the prestigious Guardian/Sky News Student Media Awards 2006 were again discriminating against student broadcast journalism.
Student broadcast journalism is thriving, with student TV quickly catching up with nearly half a century of groundbreaking student radio.
But it is upsetting to find that the Student Media Awards do not reflect the hard work of people working in radio and TV, as the name 'student media' (and its sponsor Sky News) suggests it should. Many of the judges work in broadcast media, and we're sure they too would wish to see the awards become less exclusive.
May we suggest that in future years, at least some of the categories are explicitly opened up to work from all forms of media, thereby representing the full range of the industry which MediaGuardian is unique in promoting. Otherwise, shouldn't they be called the 'Student Press Awards'?
Chris Doidge, Adam Westbrook and Jimmy Buckland