PA judges Concrete as the winner of the SPA Best Publication Award 2016
"At a time when the majority of consumer publications' circulations are falling, it is reassuring to see so many student titles are thriving. The majority of the names on the shortlist have responded to the changing marketplace by developing their new media presence and importantly, are giving their readership the content they need and want.
"The standard of the SPA Best Publication 2016 shortlist is high and several titles were in the running. In the end my decision came down to a mix of things.
"I selected Concrete, the University of East Anglia's official student paper as it offered a strong mix of content, design, strategy and passion for the project.
ICYMI: Last night Concrete won Best Publication at #SPANC16 along with 4 other awards. Thanks to everyone involved! pic.twitter.com/vnI2VO6L3P
— Concrete (@Concrete_UEA) April 10, 2016
"An important story generated off the back of a Freedom of Information request seemed to galvanise the team who have been breaking exclusive stories all year. The Eastern Daily Press, Huffington Post, the Sun and the BBC all agree as they have run with stories that were originally broken by Concrete.
"This year they have been improved by including cartoons and illustrations produced by UAE's creative talent.
"Efforts have been made throughout the year to link up with other societies to make the title even more inclusive. This has paid off as has the social media strategy." - Roberta Cohen, Lead Tutor PA.
And the big one when @Concrete_UEA won Best Publication #SPANC16 Thanks for the trust with wizzy cam @asap_jtizzle pic.twitter.com/nygTdi8sQJ
— Dan Leedham (@danleedham) April 10, 2016
"It wasn’t until I started the NCTJ that I realised the reputation of the Press Association spoke for itself, whether I was talking to other journalists about the course, listening to high-profile speakers who came in, or when I started applying for jobs.
"This, along with the strong teaching structure of the course which gives trainees an excellent chance of passing the NCTJ diploma at a gold standard within just 17 weeks, makes me recommend the London course without hesitation."
Sian Elvin // Digital editor, MyLondon