FXU Student Journalists Celebrate Wins at Student Publication Conference 2018

Event Breakdown

Between the 6th and 8th April 2018, the Student Publication Association held their 6th annual National Conference in Cardiff. 

Six members of the Falmouth Anchor headed up to Cardiff for the annual Student Publication Association National Conference 2018 over Easter.

The conference was aimed at student journalists from around the country and featured over thirty-four workshops ranging from handling crime stories, to increasing readership, to entering the media industry. #SPANC18 was also home to the annual Student Publication Association Awards which awarded a range of publications and journalists. Accodring to Dan Falvey, Student Publication Association Chair, the association received over 1,000 nominationa across 19 categories, each being of “incredibly high standard” (https://issuu.com/spajournalism/docs/spanc_brochure_dan_changes__seperat ), so having FXU representatives being shortlisted, awarded, and recruited by the Student Publication Association was no mean feat.

“It was a great feeling to win the SPA award for Best Entertainment Piece. It definitely boosted my confidence in my writing ability, and it was a very positive experience overall. My CV is all the stronger for it. The Falmouth Anchor is an admirable publication and I was proud to represent them on a national level.”


We are proud to announce that SU Falmouth Anchor member received one of the many prestigious SPANC18 awards, and the former Editor-in-chief recruited onto their team for the next year’s venture. This is a sure-fire sign of the work of SU Falmouth Anchor making an impact in the wider student publication community, and a recognition of the personal adroitness of individual members.

“Winning the election for Membership & Communications Officer was a huge honour and I cannot wait to start growing the organisation and producing communications for our membership.”
FXU President Student Experience 2018/19

The Falmouth Anchor’s Opinion Editor, Carl Altaner, was awarded ‘Best Entertainment Piece’ at the event after being shortlisted against nine other individuals from a range of newspapers including Warwick’s The Boar and Durham’s Palatinate. Although he was unable to attend the event itself due to university deadline workload, another member of the Falmouth Anchor committee was present to receive the award on his behalf. The article, entitled “Your average night in Falmouth” was commended for creating a sense of nostalgia for something the judges themselves had never experienced. Detailing the infamous Club International, (widely known as “Club I”), a rite of passage for any student based at Falmouth University or the University of Exeter in Cornwall, the article was the second most popular in the Anchor’s history. 

Former Editor-in-Chief of the Falmouth Anchor and SU President-elect Student Experience, Sarah Redman, was also elected onto the Executive Committee of the Student Publication Association into the role of Membership & Communications Officer. She hopes to work on improving the relationships between Student Union’s and student newspapers through her role in the year to come.

Links to Further Information:

For more information on the Student Publication Association, visit: http://spajournalism.com

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SPANC 2018 Gallery