2020 has come and gone (thank heavens) but before we move on and hope for a new year filled with less global travesties, we must look back one last time to celebrate the work of the STAND News team!
Between the team of hardworking editors and contributors from all parts of Ireland and beyond, 2020 seen us cover every possible angle one could have on COVID-19 along with key issues of the year such as police brutality, the collapse of the fast fashion industry, direct provision, green new deals and the on-going tales of Trump.
On the 26th of January, we’ll dish out some awards of recognition including – Contributor of the Year, Editor of the Year, Video of the Year, Article of the Year and x8 favourite contributions across Humanitarian, Women, Bus/Politics, Diversity, Arts/Culture, Environment, Video and Opinion.
But first, we need your help in crowning the winner of 4 of our awards. Read below to find out more and cast your vote!
Make sure to also register for the awards night below!
EDITOR OF THE YEAR 2020 NOMINATIONS:
Editor of the Year aims to highlight an individual editor who has made an outstanding contribution to the STAND News programme in 2020. This editor will have demonstrable evidence of commitment to the programme, individual progress while supporting the growth of other students and promoting a deeper understanding of global issues for others through their work. All section editors that have been involved in the STAND News in 2020 are shortlisted for this award.
CONTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR 2020 NOMINATIONS:
Contributor of the Year aims to highlight an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the STAND News programme in 2020. This individual will have demonstrable evidence of commitment to the programme, individual progress and promoting a deeper understanding of global issues for others through their work. This shortlist of nominees has been decided upon by each section editor of the STAND News programme with each section editor each having one nomination. Contributors refer to anyone who has submitted a piece for publication for the STAND News Programme in 2020.
“I have shortlisted Emily Murphy for her contribution to the Business and Politics section! Emily has always had really interesting ideas for articles for the section, whether from the content ideas form or from her own pitches she has a really keen eye for interesting news happening around the world and putting those stories into engaging and informative articles that I always end up learning something from! I know when Emily asks to do an article that the subject will be tackled well and will require very few edits! She is a great writer and has a keen eye for how to approach an interesting story!” – Ellen McVeigh Section Editor of Business/Politics
“I choose Rachel Husson as my best contributor this year. She has delivered two of my favourite articles this year and had a great passion for tourism with COVID themed articles which I personally think is very important and also eye-opening. Most of us would have raved about the environmental benefits of lockdown but unfortunately, that beautiful scenery and change did not last. I loved her use of language and she was one of the more consistent contributors which is also important. She is a deserving candidate of appreciation for her hard work.” – Anastasiya Sytnyk of Environment
“I wish to nominate Ellen as STAND News Contributor of the Year due to her commitment to high-quality journalism throughout the year. As well as managing her own section, Ellen has made a notable effort to broaden her contributions to other sections this year, highlighting her knowledge and ability to research a wide variety of topics. Ellen’s versatility lends itself well to this collaboration. I particularly enjoyed her May article on the friendship between the Choctaw nation and Ireland. In addition, Ellen attends every meeting with enthusiasm and full of ideas. ” – Amyrose Forder of Humanitarian
“I would also like to nominate Ellen McVeigh for ‘Contributor of the year ‘ award based on two remarkable pieces that she contributed to the arts/culture section – The Obsession with Activism in Acceptance Speeches and Lack of Diversity Overshadows another Award Season. One of the foremost reasons why I decided to nominate Ellen was because she highlighted a new perspective altogether. I was looking for someone who was willing to write a critical piece on a topic that I had in mind for quite some time. Ellen was a joy to work with from an editor’s point of view. She quickly understood what I expected from the article and I am happy to say she understood my idea and articulated with great finesse. Ellen was motivated right from the start and accommodated all the resources I provided her which was evident in her work. She brought in extremely interesting examples through her own research as well. I am sure that Ellen succeeded in enhancing the reader’s awareness regarding the problem we were trying to highlight through the articles, and this was exactly what I had in mind, to direct the reader to a different perspective especially one that has not been discussed widely enough.” – Deepthi Suresh of Arts/Culture
“Aoife’s had great motivation in proposing an excellently clear plan for her article series and her punctuality in submitting all three complex articles shows great commitment to STAND. I absolutely think that Aoife has shown a great impact on the issue of women in the military. This is certainly not an area that I am at all familiar with, and I don’t see much written about this topic in regular columns etc. She wonderfully made parallels between Whitmore’s controversial statement coming from a more privileged perspective, then looked towards the fate of women in less equal societies, and arguably saved the most difficult topic until last in tackling that very controversial but fresh statement that maybe equality in military is actually a step backwards. These were definitely some brave arguments to make but they were tackled so thoroughly and in such a well-research manner and were written so clearly and comprehensively. While we often write about war in STAND, this was a wholly new perspective and one which I greatly enjoyed and learnt from. Aoife was great at keeping us in the loop about what she planned to touch on but was extremely eager for comments and advice. I noted a marked improvement from her first piece, more of an analysis on the current controversy, to her more difficult last piece, which asked some hard normative questions. Overall she had a wonderful attitude and was a pleasure to work with.” – Olivia Moore of Opinion
“Cassie covers a broad range of subjects in relation to women’s rights and gender inequality. Not only does she examine the struggles and victories of women living in Ireland but she also considers the issues affecting women on an international scale. The variety of topics covered by Cassie including pieces examining the effect of the current pandemic on women, bodily autonomy and the violation of women’s right’s in such institutions as Direct Provision illustrates Cassie’s ability to be inclusive in her writing and provides valuable insights into the ways in which we can pave the way towards a more equal, fairer world, and ultimately abolish gender-based inequalities that affect women everywhere.” – Arianna Stewart of Video
ARTICLE OF THE YEAR 2020 NOMINATIONS:
Article of the Year aims to highlight an outstanding piece of text submitted by an individual to the STAND News programme in 2020. The winning article will be clearly aligned with STAND values of increasing awareness of sustainable development issues and engaging to 3rd level students in Ireland. This list of nominations has been decided upon through an open call to the entire STAND News team to submit a piece of content for consideration – either their own work or a piece they enjoyed by another team member.
VIDEO OF THE YEAR 2020 NOMINATIONS:
Video of the Year aims to highlight an outstanding piece of video work submitted by an individual to the STAND News programme in 2020. The winning video will be clearly aligned with STAND values of increasing awareness of sustainable development issues and engaging to 3rd level students in Ireland. This list of nominations has been decided upon through an open call to the entire STAND News team to submit a piece of content for consideration – either their own work or a piece they enjoyed by another team member.