York Vision

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Publisher University of York students
Founded 1987 (1987)

York Vision (previously known as yorkVision and York Student Vision) is one of two student newspapers at the University of York, and is Britain's most awarded student newspaper, having been presented with six 'Guardian Student Newspaper of the Year' awards, most recently in the 2014–2015 academic year.[1]

It is a registered society of, and funded by the University of York Students' Union. The paper is distinguished from its campus rival, Nouse, by its tabloid design, tone and anarchic sense of humour[citation needed].


Unlike many other university newspapers, which have sabbatical editors, Vision's staff is made up entirely of current students.

The current editors-in-chief are George Atkinson and Barto Joly de Lotbiniere. The newspaper itself contains several sections, with comment, features and lifestyle bookended by news and sport.

The newspaper has recently been nominated for Best Publication and Best Website at the Guardian Student Media Awards.

Special features[edit]

Vision has a number of features that help mould its distinct character. These include:

  • Interviews: Almost every section of the paper has, at one time or another, secured a top-tier interview. Recent highlights include Alastair Campbell, Miley Cyrus, Karl Pilkington, Hot Chip, Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg, Nick Clegg, Mark Watson, Franz Ferdinand, Shami Chakrabarti, Aaron Porter, Wretch 32, Dr Jessen, Harry Enfield and Sarah Beeny.
  • Scene: The arts pullout containing sections dedicated to Music, Film, Stage, TV, Technology and Books as well as 20 Questions and Spotlight interviews.
  • The Roses Specials: Either an annual pull-out published after the Roses Tournament, or a limited-run, special edition distributed during the tournament itself. The 2008 Roses review was incorporated into the Sport section. 2012 saw the largest scale Roses coverage yet, both online and in print, including a 16-page pull-out produced away from home at Lancaster University.
  • Goalside: A pull-out dedicated to coverage of the summer term 'College Cup', which dominates summer sport at the University of York, first published in 2012.
  • Fresh: The freshers magazine given to every single new student at the University of York.

Vision Facebook[edit]

Vision was the first newspaper in the country to launch a Facebook application, featuring articles and scoops from York campus. Users could keep up-to-date with the latest gossip on campus, with news updates published on profiles and in news feeds. The application also features a podcast produced in collaboration with the university's student radio station URY, providing a run down of the week's top headlines and big name interviews.

Notable former contributors[edit]

Former Vision editors and writers have gone on to work for a wide range of media outlets, including Reuters News Agency and the BBC, or as freelance contributors to various major newspapers.

Ste Curran[edit]

Ste Curran has become one of Britain's most notable games journalists and currently presents One Life Left, a videogame show on Resonance FM. Curran contributed a series of articles to Edge as RedEye, praised as an 'unmissable example of New Games Journalism' by Guardian Unlimited.[2]

Rob Harris[edit]

When covering a Manchester United press conference for the Associated Press, Rob Harris asked the club's manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, a question about winger Ryan Giggs – who had recently been involved in a highly publicised sex scandal.[citation needed] Afterwards, Sir Alex was caught on camera attempting to ban Harris from United's press conferences in the future.[3]


Vision has received awards for its writing, design, and in both overall best publication and best small budget categories (due to the lack of sabbatical positions of the paper). In 2009 it was the only student newspaper to be nominated for Guardian Student Newspaper of the Year without a full-time paid member of staff.

It won the award four times in six years, having held the award from 2002–2004. Vision remains the only paper to achieve the remarkable hat-trick in the ceremony's 26-year history.

In 2011, Vision was named Student Publication of the Year at the Guardian Student Media Awards.

Guardian Student Media Awards[edit]

  • 2014 Best Publication (Winner)[1]
  • 2014 Best Reporter: Patrick Greenfield (Winner)[1]
  • 2013 Best Publication (Runner up)
  • 2013 Best Website (Nominee)
  • 2012 Best Reporter: Oliver Todd (Nominee)
  • 2011 Best Publication (Winner)[4]
  • 2010 Best Publication (Nominee)
  • 2010 Best Reporter: Daniel Goddard (Nominee)
  • 2010 Best Reporter: Martin Williams (Nominee)
  • 2010 Best Writer: Jim Norton (Nominee)
  • 2009 Best Newspaper (Nominee)
  • 2009 Best Reporter: Martin Williams (Nominee)
  • 2009 Best Reporter: Tom McDermott (Nominee)
  • 2009 Best Sports Writer: Jim Norton (Nominee)
  • 2008 Best Reporter: Adam Thorn (Runner up)
  • 2008 Best Feature Writer: Anna Wormleighton (Nominee)
  • 2008 Best Sports Writer: Grumpy Panda Alex Richman (Runner up)
  • 2008 Best Sports Writer: Tom Sheldrick (Nominee)
  • 2007 Best Newspaper (Winner)
  • 2007 Best Reporter: Lucy Taylor (Winner)
  • 2007 Best Reporter: Adam Thorn (Nominee)
  • 2007 Best Sports Writer: Darius Austin (Nominee)
  • 2007 Best Critic: Richard Webb (Winner)
  • 2006 Best Columnist: Ruth Mclean (Nominee)
  • 2005 Best Newspaper (Nominee)
  • 2005 Best Small Budget Publication (Nominee)
  • 2005 Best Sports Writer: Simon Osborn (Winner)
  • 2005 Best Columnist: Jonathan Bray (Winner)
  • 2004 Best Newspaper (Winner)
  • 2004 Best Small Budget Publication (Runner up)
  • 2004 Best Journalist: Jon Bentham (Winner)
  • 2004 Best Reporter: Jon Bentham (Nominee)
  • 2004 Best Feature Writer: Jon Bentham (Runner up)
  • 2003 Best Newspaper (Winner)
  • 2003 Best Small Budget Publication (Nominee)
  • 2003 Best Journalist: Rob Harris (Winner)
  • 2003 Best Reporter: Rob Harris (Winner)
  • 2003 Best Travel Writer: Jon Bentham (Winner)
  • 2003 Best Travel Writer: Rob Harris (Nominee)
  • 2002 Best Newspaper (Winner)
  • 2002 Best Columnist: Gareth Walker (Winner)
  • 2002 Best Website (Winner)
  • 2001 Best Website (Runner up)

National Union of Students Awards[edit]

  • 2014 Best Journalist: Jack Gevertz (Winner)
  • 2012 Best Media (Runner up)
  • 2012 Best Journalist: Oliver Todd (Highly Commended)
  • 2008 Best Journalist: Lucy Taylor (Nominee)

National Union of Students Journalism Awards (now defunct)[edit]

  • 2006 Best Small Budget Publication (Winner)
  • 2004 Best Publication Design (Winner)
  • 2004 Best Feature Writer: Jon Bentham (Winner)
  • 2004 Best Arts Journalist: Sam Walton (Runner up)
  • 2003 Best Newspaper (Winner)
  • 2003 Best Reporter: Rob Harris (Winner)
  • 2003 Best Arts Journalist: Bella Todd (Winner)
  • 2001 Best Small Budget Publication (Winner)


  1. ^ a b c "Student Media Awards 2014: winners and runners-up". The Guardian. 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  2. ^ Guardian Unlimited
  3. ^ "Fergie sees red: United boss caught trying to impose own gagging order on press". Daily Mail (London). 
  4. ^ "Student Media awards 2011 Winners". The Guardian (London). 28 November 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 

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