28th September 2009, 11:59am
Student newspaper's website shortlisted for national media award
Students who work on The Linc The online version of the University of Lincoln's student newspaper, The Linc, is in the running for a prestigious national media award.

The website www.thelinc.co.uk has been nominated for the title of Best Student Website in the Guardian Student Media Awards 2009. It is one of only five student websites from across the UK to be shortlisted for the honour.

The Linc was established by the University's Lincoln School of Journalism in 2007 and has quickly developed a reputation on campus for its edgy and insightful reporting.

In its first year, under the stewardship of inaugural editor Dave Lee, it grew from a first edition of eight pages to a 16-page tabloid format.

Current editor Daniel Ionescu took over the reins in 2008/09, expanding the paper's presence outside the university’s campus borders and focusing on the electronic version.

This year The Linc will be developing its web coverage even further, offering daily updates and breaking news throughout term time, while producing three print editions throughout the year.

A team from The Linc will travel to the Guardian Student Media Awards 2009, held at The Proud Galleries, London, on 25 November, to learn if they have won the title of Best Student Website. It is shortlisted alongside student websites from Imperial College London, Manchester Metropolitan, York and Exeter universities.

The Linc editor Daniel Ionescu said: "Our aim is to keep students up to date with the latest happenings from on and around campus and we adapt our delivery methods with students' lifestyle. It's exciting to see that our hard work has been noticed by the likes of the Guardian and this nomination proves the calibre of the students involved with The Linc."

Professor John Tulloch, Head of the Lincoln School of Journalism, said: "One of the reasons The Linc was founded was to allow our Journalism students to push themselves and take risks, as professional journalists do every day. The commitment and ability of the students is already being recognised at a national level. Considering The Linc was established only two years ago, and the amount of competition out there in British universities, just to be shortlisted for this award is an incredible achievement."

The judging panel for the Guardian Student Media Awards 2009 includes Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and Channel 4 news presenter Jon Snow.
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