Monday, 14 March 2011

The 2011 Student Media awards have now launched!

Entries open for the Guardian Student Media awards 2011
The student protests that engulfed the streets of London during last year's Guardian Student Media Awards ceremony have since dissipated. But the sense of betrayal and anger that led to them has not.

For that reason, this year's Student Media Awards are likely to attract some of the most spiritedwriting since Andrew Rawnsley and Jonathan Freedland picked up gongs. "In the current climate of cuts to higher education and swathes of politically active students, now more than ever is a great time for student journalism," says Camilla Turner, a student at Oxford University and last year's reporter of the year. "It's really important for students to express their feelings about what's being enforced, do some great journalism and get across the sense of how students still feel." Turner won the award for her exposés of a college expenses scandal, and reports on a student who faked his way into Oxford University. She now edits Cherwell, Oxford's student newspaper, and her plans include applying for a work placement at News International and an internship at the Financial Times.

The annual awards open for their 33rd year today, and the landscape for young journalists has rarely looked more uncertain. Alan Rusbridger, the editor-in-chief of the Guardian and an awards judge, said in November it was a "great time to be a journalist", albeit at a "fantastically insecure moment".

"Journalism is there to be redefined," Rusbridger told last year's winners. "The whole ecosystem of information is there to be reimagined and I can't see any reason why you shouldn't do it."

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