Daniel Keating recounts the biggest night of the year for media students, the SMEDIAS, which took place on Thursday night.
Last Thursday evening the Aviva Stadium opened its doors to many talented media student across Ireland. It could only have meant one thing, the annual National Student Media Awards (SMEDIAS).
 
Some well-known faces also popped by to say hello and present some awards including RTÉ GAA legend Michael Lyster and Miss Ireland Niamh Kennedy. Red Rock actress Denise McCormack also took time out of her busy schedule to present Film Script of the year award.
 
Student Marketing Network Managing Director Colman Byrne kicked off the night underlining the importance of the sponsors that are involved helping the SMedia’s take place. Some sponsors included The Irish Times, Irish Independent, Irish Examiner and The Herald.
 
The night was MC’d by former Republic of Telly presenter and comedian Kevin McGahern. The comedian started off the night with a small private stand up show that had many students giggling with laughter.
 
The biggest winner of the night was UCD scooping 8 awards including Newspaper of the Year, Editor of the Year, Science Education Writer of the Year and Website of the Year.
 
The first award of the night was the Small College/Society Publication of the Year which went to DIT’s Fresher’s Edition.
 
The Irish categories in radio and print were won by Kevin Hughes from DIT and Oisín Ó Catháin, Donal Ó Catháin from UCD.
 
UCC picked up 5 awards this year which included their famous Motley magazine being crowned Magazine of the Year.
 
UL took home a hat-trick which included Film Script of the Year won by student Andrew Roberts titled 'Egg Timer', Media student Jennifer Purcell was crowned the Feature writer of the year in News and Current Affairs, sponsored by the Herald, and Editor Paul Saunders took home the People’s Choice Awards for UL Publication An Focal.
 
The 17th edition of the National Student Media Awards after party took place in XICO in the city centre. Congratulations to all winners and nominees!
 
Winners
 
Newspaper Of The Year:
* The College Tribune- UCD
 
Editor Of The Year:
* Roisin Guyett-Nicholson, Martin Healy- UCD
 
Small College/Society Publication Of The Year:
* Freshers Edition- Matthew Colfer, Niamh Haskins, Sinéad Farrelly- DIT
 
Journalist Of The Year- National Press:
* Jack Power- UCD
 
Journalist Of The Year:
* Ryan O’Neill- UCC
 
Colour Writer Of The Year:
* Sarah Ryan- UCC
 
Sports Writer Of The Year:
* Conal Cahill- UCD
 
Irish Times Student Hub:
* Gerard Ball- Homophobia In The Workplace
 
Features Writer Of The Year- News & Current Affairs:
* Jennifer Purcell- UL
 
Features Writer Of The Year- Arts & Pop Culture:
* Rachel D’Arcy- DIT
 
Iriseoireacht Trí Ghaeilge- Scríofa:
* Kevin Hughes- DIT
 
Layout & Design Of The Year- Newspaper:
* Trinity News- TCD
 
Layout & Design Of The Year- Magazine:
* TN2 Magazine-TCD
 
Magazine Of The Year:
* Motley Magazine- UCC
 
Short Story Of The Year:
* Hannah Kingston- DCU
 
RSA Award For Journalism On Road Safety:
* Cailean Coffee- UCC
 
European Commission Award:
* Billy Vaughan- UCD
 
Science Education Writer Of The Year:
* Aisling Brennan- UCD
 
People’s Choice Award:
* An Focal- UL
 
Blog/Vlog Of The Year:
* The Football Writer- DCU
 
Website Of The Year:
* University Observer.ie- UCD
 
Film Script Of The Year:
* Andrew Roberts- UL
 
Short Film Of The Year:
* Oléka- CDCFE
 
Short Animation Of The Year:
* Define Intervention- BCFE
 
TV Production Of The Year:
* TRANSition- LCFE
 
Léiriúchain Teilifíse i nGaeilge- Faisnéis & Drámaíocht:
* Ailbhe Nic Dhonncha, Ailbhe Courtney- WIT
 
Sports Photographer Of The Year:
* Nick McDonogh- LCFE
 
News Photographer Of The Year:
* Joanna Gnasiuk- SCFE
 
Photographer Of The Year:
* Nick Mc Donogh- LCFE
 
Radio Production Of The Year- News & Current Affairs:
* The Midday Express- UCC
 
Radio Production Of The Year- Arts & Features:
* Food Or Foe- DIT
 
Raidió Trí Ghaeilge:
* Oisín Ó Catháin, Donal Ó Catháin- UCD
 
Radio Documentary Of The Year:
* David Phelan- IADT
 
Radio Journalist Of The Year:
* Stephen Murphy- DCU
 
Radio DJ Of The Year:
* Matthew Kirk- QUB