NASH 75 Recap

After four days of workshops, inspirational speeches and compounded hangovers, we’re coming out of the 75th annual Canadian University Press national conference with a whole new bag of tricks. Aside from an aggressive neighbour, and some power-abusing bouncers, Toronto was kind to us, there was much learning and debauchery to be had, and we’re more psyched than ever to improve what we’re doing.

From New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter’s keynote speech on the future of journalism, to the online BS-detector toolkit provided by former Linkie Craig Silverman, to how to successfully pitch a feature, we all came away from the conference with fresh ideas of how to be the strongest paper we can be.

We’re going to strive to be as dynamic on your smartphone as we are in print, tighten our typography for easier reading, utilize data in interactive, easy-to-understand forms and pull from the resources and contacts we’ve made here in Toronto to push the most complete, effective content that our mandate deserves.

Of the eight categories we were nominated in, we picked up four JHM Awards for excellence in student journalism, the most of any nominated paper. Congrats to Riley Sparks for winning Feature Writing, Oliver Leon for Opinions Writing, Sam Slotnick for Photography and Colin Harris for Arts & Culture Writing. NASH 76, see you this time next year.

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