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York Vision
Type Three publications per University of York term time
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) YUSU
Editor-in-chief Isaac Arnachellum-Owen, Nayomi Karthigesu
Founded 1987
Language English
Headquarters Grimston House, University of York
Website http://www.yorkvision.co.uk

York Vision (previously known as yorkVision and York Student Vision) is one of two student newspapers at the University of York. It claimed[1] to be one of Britain's most awarded student newspapers, having been presented with six Guardian Student Newspaper of the Year' awards, most recently in 2017.[2]

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, York Vision's staff is made up entirely of current students. The current Editors-in-Chief are Isaac Arnachellum-Owen and Nayomi Karthigesu.[3]

The newspaper itself contains several sections, with comment, features and lifestyle bookended by news and sport.

The newspaper has 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.

Notable former contributors[edit]


In early 2018, The Lemon Press, the University of York's satirical student magazine, accused York Vision of erroneously claiming to be the "most awarded student newspaper" in the country.[10] The outcome of their investigation suggested that the United Kingdom's most awarded student newspaper was The Gryphon, of the University of Leeds.

In response, York Vision changed their Twitter description to "one of the most awarded student publications".[11]


York 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 without a full-time paid member of staff to be nominated for Guardian Student Newspaper of the Year.

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. [12]

Guardian Student Media Awards[edit]


  • Best Opinion Writer: Edward Greenwood (Nominee)


  • Best Publication (Winner)
  • Best Reporter: Patrick Greenfield (Winner)


  • Best Publication (Runner up)
  • Best Website (Nominee)


  • Best Reporter: Oliver Todd (Nominee)


  • Best Publication (Winner)


  • Best Publication (Nominee)
  • Best Reporter: Daniel Goddard (Nominee)
  • Best Reporter: Martin Williams (Nominee)
  • Best Writer: Jim Norton (Nominee)


  • Best Newspaper (Nominee)
  • Best Reporter: Martin Williams (Nominee)
  • Best Reporter: Tom McDermott (Nominee)
  • Best Sports Writer: Jim Norton (Nominee)


  • Best Reporter: Adam Thorn (Runner up)
  • Best Feature Writer: Anna Wormleighton (Nominee)
  • Best Sports Writer: Grumpy Panda Alex Richman (Runner up)
  • Best Sports Writer: Tom Sheldrick (Nominee)


  • Best Newspaper (Winner)
  • Best Reporter: Lucy Taylor (Winner)
  • Best Reporter: Adam Thorn (Nominee)
  • Best Sports Writer: Darius Austin (Nominee)
  • Best Critic: Richard Webb (Winner)


  • Best Columnist: Ruth Mclean (Nominee)


  • Best Newspaper (Nominee)
  • Best Small Budget Publication (Nominee)
  • Best Sports Writer: Simon Osborn (Winner)
  • Best Columnist: Jonathan Bray (Winner)


  • Best Newspaper (Winner)
  • Best Small Budget Publication (Runner up)
  • Best Journalist: Jon Bentham (Winner)
  • Best Reporter: Jon Bentham (Nominee)
  • Best Feature Writer: Jon Bentham (Runner up)


  • Best Newspaper (Winner)
  • Best Small Budget Publication (Nominee)
  • Best Journalist: Rob Harris (Winner)
  • Best Reporter: Rob Harris (Winner)
  • Best Travel Writer: Jon Bentham (Winner)
  • Best Travel Writer: Rob Harris (Nominee)


  • Best Newspaper (Winner)
  • Best Columnist: Gareth Walker (Winner)
  • Best Website (Winner)


  • 2001 Best Website (Runner up)

National Union of Students Awards[edit]

  • 2014 Best Journalist: Jack Gevertz (Winner) [21]
  • 2012 Best Media (Runner up)
  • 2012 Best Journalist: Oliver Todd (Highly Commended)
  • 2008 Best Journalist: Lucy Taylor (Nominee)

National Union of Students Journalism Awards[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)


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  2. ^ "Awards | York Vision". York Vision. Retrieved 2018-06-09. 
  3. ^ http://www.yorkvision.co.uk/about
  4. ^ "Dan Roberts Profile". The Guardian. London. 
  5. ^ "20 Questions with Greg Jenner". York Vision. York. 
  6. ^ "BBC journalist denies corporation covered up sexual harassment". The Guardian. London. 
  7. ^ "Fergie sees red: United boss caught trying to impose own gagging order on press". Daily Mail. London. 
  8. ^ "Van Gaal reacts angrily to question over his Manchester United future". BBC. London. Retrieved 8 February 2016. 
  9. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/profile/patrick-greenfield
  10. ^ "York Vision Not the UK's Most Awarded Student Newspaper (And Never Was)". The Lemon Press. 9 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  11. ^ Vision, York (10 March 2018). "@thelemonpresspic.twitter.com/bHn1c45Uhq". @YorkVision. Retrieved 12 March 2018. 
  12. ^ "Student Media awards 2011 Winners". The Guardian. 28 November 2011. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  13. ^ "Student Media Awards 2015: winners and runners-up". The Guardian. 4 December 2015. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  14. ^ "Student Media Awards 2014: winners and runners-up". The Guardian. 2014. Retrieved 28 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Student Media Awards 2013 – Winners and runners-up". The Guardian. 2 December 2013. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  16. ^ "Student Media awards 2012 winners". The Guardian. 7 November 2012. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  17. ^ "Student Media awards 2011 Winners". The Guardian. London. 28 November 2011. Retrieved 26 October 2012. 
  18. ^ "Winners and Runners-Up 2010". The Guardian. 25 November 2010. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  19. ^ "Guardian Student Media Awards 2008". The Guardian. 26 November 2008. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  20. ^ "Student Media Awards winners". The Guardian. 22 November 2007. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 
  21. ^ "NUS Awards 2016". www.nusawards.org.uk. Retrieved 1 March 2017. 

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