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Here Are 2015's Best Student Journalist Stories

31/12/2015 08:22 | Updated 31 December 2015

Every year, HuffPost UK rounds up the best stories written by student journalists. It's always a tough job condensing so much talent into just one list.

And this year is no different; from holding universities to account and covering national news on a student level, to relaying deeply personal experiences and providing comment on today's most pressing issues, student journalists have been at the forefront of news reporting.

Here are some of the best:

  • When Ben Parr Met Vince Cable, Ben Parr
    "This week Vince Cable told Ben Parr what he thinks about fossil fuel investment, his party’s revival plans and Jeremy Corbyn, and why he doesn’t regret that U-turn."

    Published on Epigram
  • Coming To Terms With Paris, Desislava Todorova, Tania Beck, Nora Asad & Natalia Carcame
    "In the days after the deadly attacks in Paris, the scale of this tragedy is becoming clearer: 129 dead, 102 of whom have been identified so far. There are another 352 people injured, with 42 of them in a critical condition in intensive care."

    Published in Artefact Magazine
  • In Conversation With Glenn Greenwald, Hani Richter
    "Once he picks up the phone, I can’t help but think that there is a possibility our phone call is being monitored. It would make perfect sense for them to keep an eye on him as, in their eyes, he’s a hindrance to national security organisations. The next leak he chooses to write about could disrupt a country and send its safekeeping operations into turmoil."

    Published in Artefact Magazine
  • The Double Lives Of Student Sex Workers, George Clarke & Dalia Abu Yassien
    "Epigram investigated the prevalence and perceptions of sex-related work among students in Bristol in an anonymous survey carried out last week.The survey of 140 self-selecting respondents found a small number of students did engage in this type of work and were primarily financially motivated."

    Published on Epigram
  • The Mind Can't 'Man Up', Fiona Potigny & Eamonn Crowe
    "It’s a phrase you probably heard last weekend. Painful tackle? Don’t want to down it? Film scene got you emotional? The answer is simple. Just two words to get you back on your feet, suck it up and continue without a word: “man up.”"

    Published on Exposé
  • Why I Declined To Pose As An Isis Recruit For A Conservative Magazine, Hani Richter
    "Competitive long-hours and lots of unpaid work is what the start of my journalism career has consisted of, and most of the time the reward has been to have my work published by the placement provider. When writing for eccentric magazines my days were filled with covering crucifixion re-enactments or writing about gentrification. So, when an editor of a well-known conservative magazine asked me if I would be interested, to pose as a potential recruit of the terror group Isis, my excitement to secure the internship faded immediately, why?"

    Published on The Huffington Post UK
  • Global 100: But At What Cost?, Exposé News Team
    "Students, Guild employees and members of academic staff have expressed concerns about overcrowding at the University, despite the institution entering the top 100 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings last month."

    Published on Exposé
  • Berating Women in 140 Characters: Why Won’t Trolls Leave Us Alone?, Lauren Davies
    "Without debate, the world would probably be an easier but perhaps a less exciting place. It’s completely within someone’s rights to disagree with your opinion, but what happens when the debate turns ugly? While social media can be a great thing, whether it’s being used to catch up old friends or keep up to date with the news. But its increased use has given way to a darker side whereby anonymous trolls are constantly on the lookout to attack anyone who dares voice an opinion."

    Published on The Political Critique
  • Culture In A Spray Can: London's Underground Art
    "Back in the 80s, the break-dancing scene from New York had moved across the ocean to Britain bringing with it a new and exciting subculture for much of Britain’s youth to immerse themselves in. Many of these break-dancers would then go out at night, tagging the same name that was on their lino onto trains, bus stops, and alley walls – pretty much any flat surface they could find, the riskier the better. This is, essentially, how graffiti – also known as tagging – started in London."

    Published in Artefact Magazine
  • Parents Filling The Gap Left By Insufficient Grants
    "70% of students who receive maintenance grants also have to rely on their parents to afford the cost of living at the University of Bristol, an Epigram survey has found."

    Published on Epigram
  • Ramadan, Man!, Hassan Sherif
    "One month a year, Muslims worldwide will attempt to explain just why they do Ramadan. This isn’t because nobody knows anything about the Holy Month - on the contrary. Certainly in Britain, many schools give pupils of the essential facts. It’s because to fully understand one’s seemingly crazy motivation to get involved, one needs to understand the true goals of the month."

    Published on Bristol 24/7
  • Britain Has A Problem With Compassion, Not Immigration, Jess Readett
    "I remember reading Katie Hopkins tweet detailing we 'send the gun boats' out on migrants and thinking little of it, simply because that woman deserves little thought. I brushed her attitude aside as an ignorant anomaly, hungry for attention, and not one of the UK population as a whole. But it appears her tweet does indeed reflect the fear, lack of understanding and selfishness of a nation somewhat lacking in compassion."

    Published on The Huffington Post UK
  • Exeter's Racial Equality Examined, Exeposé News Team
    "Figures released to Exeposé have offered an insight into diversity at the University, revealing that the number of Black, Minority or Ethnic (BME) students has fallen year on year since 2012."

    Published on Exeposé
  • The Refugee Crisis: Sicily On The Frontline, Natalia Carcame
    "The number of refugees arriving and living in Sicily is increasing rapidly – it’s a real emergency, and this became clear when I returned to my hometown, Messina, at the start of the summer."

    Published in Artefact Magazine
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