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September 21, 2009 | by  | in News |
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Eternal smugness permeated around the Student Union Building last week as Victoria University student magazine Salient walked away with a bountiful bevy of ASPA awards, including Best Publication.

The annual back-pat for New Zealand’s student media took place at a lavish blue carpet ceremony at Rutherford House two weekends ago.

Salient walked away with a total of six ASPAs, including Best Publication. Its artistic merits were acknowledged with Robyn Kenealy placing first equal for best cartoon, and designer Rory Harnden winning best cover.

Salient’s crew also swaggered away with three top writing prizes, with Sarah Robson taking Best Feature Writer; Nina Fowler, Best Feature Content; and Jessy Edwards snapping Best Unpaid News.

The judges for Best Publication said Salient was “…chock full of good reading from start to finish. It is intelligent, irreverent and packed with attitude and personality without being up itself, with good news and features, and endless content.”

Salient Editor Jackson James Wood said he was stoked to win Best Publication, but humbly heaped praise on his team of Salienteers.

“It’s all these guys,” Wood said, acknowledging the line of Salienteers who’d joined him to accept the award for Best Publication.

“All I do is sit around playing Raptor Safari and listening to the Lonely Island. Have you ever played Raptor Safari? It’s awesome, you drive around in a jeep killing raptors and… and yeah.”

Salient News Editor Michael Oliver said he was ecstatic with Jessy Edwards’ win in Unpaid News.

“Jessy has consistently, and without so much as a whinge, given mad props where some would have only offered annoyed props, maybe even dismayed props,” he said.

“She taught us a valuable lesson that bums bumming around bumming cigarettes off students and putting their bums on uni toilets is a recipe for national success.”

Two-time award winning student journalist Sarah Robson was drunk and teary-eyed, and acknowledged the cast of Salienteers in her acceptance speech.

“They may sit there and mock me endlessly and throw things at me…” at which point editor Jackson James Wood threw a bottlecap at Robson and said “Shut up, you’re gonna make me cry.”

Salient Arts Editor Uther Dean, who placed third for Best Reviewer, took umbrage with the mispronunciation of his name by MC Barry Soper.

“It’s U-THER,” he exclaimed.

“Why couldn’t your parents have christened you with a normal name like ‘Barry’ or ‘John’ or something?” Soper asked.

“Because they were creative…?” Dean replied.

Last weekend’s win was the first time Salient had walked away with the top award since 2004.

Still VUWSA President Jasmine Freemantle didn’t congratulate the partly-VUWSA funded publication on its successes during the bi-weekly Publications Committee meeting, despite Vice-President (Administration) Max Hardy placing “Congratulate Salient” on the meeting’s agenda.

But, hey, we’re still the best, so whatevs. :D

Salient ASPA Wins
Best Publication
Best Cartoon (first equal), Robyn Kenealy, The Darkroom
Best Cover, Rory Harnden
Best Feature Writer, Sarah Robson
Best Feature Content, Nina Fowler
Best Unpaid News, Jessy Edwards

Salient ASPA Placings
2nd, Best Website
2nd, Best Sports Writer, Adam Howard
2nd, Best Education Series, Sarah Robson
2nd, Best Editorial Writer, Jackson James Wood
2nd, Best Design, Rory Harden
2nd, Best Paid News, Michael Oliver
3rd, Best Column, Michael Langdon, Teh Grammaz
3rd, Best Reviewer, Uther Dean

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  1. sahiban says:

    a bit late..but YAY..well done..i am actually sitting in UTS right now, a uni at sydney and i was getting homesick..god i miss vic..the student mag here is okay…not too sharp..nor too bright…
    does nothing for me…
    but well done you guys..god knows you deserve it

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