The Badger’s former Editor, Daniel Green, won Highly Commended for the “Outstanding Commitment” award at the Student Publication Association (SPA) National Conference last weekend.
Dan was made Editor in October 2015, after his predecessor left the role unexpectedly.
Bree Allegretti, a key figure at the SPA and a journalist at the Huffington Post, handed the award to Dan, saying: “It’s not easy to step up from Deputy Editor to Editor at the best of times. [Dan] managed to ensure continuity when it was all but off the table, ensuring the paper still went out despite everything that was happening, something that deserves serious applause, especially when you consider this was not what he signed up for.”
Dan has commented on his achievement saying: “I’d like to thank everyone who helped and supported me during what were tough times for The Badger, and for believing in me even when I didn’t. My award is as much theirs as it is mine.”
The SPA is the largest group of student newspapers, magazines, journals and websites in the UK and Ireland and seeks to promote and train budding student journalists.
The conference, which was held this year at Loughborough University from the 8th to the 10th of April, is the biggest national event in the student journalism calendar.
The Badger was also shortlisted for Best Interview (Harry Howard), Best Comment (Glenn Houlihan) and Best Reporter (Mark Tovey).
Commenting on The Badger’s performance, the Editor Harry Howard said, “despite the upheaval, the team has really pulled together and shown what we are capable of. Dan steadied the ship during a very difficult period, and for that we are all very grateful and he should be very proud of himself.”