SCAN Shortlisted for National Journalism Awards


Lancaster University & Students’ Union’s award-winning publication has been shortlisted for multiple national journalism awards ahead of the Student Publication Association (SPA) Conference in Glasgow at the end of this month.  

In 2022, SCAN was shortlisted for Best National Publication at the SPA National Conference in Sheffield. Tabitha Lambie (she/they) was also shortlisted for the Billy Dowling-Reid Award for Outstanding Commitment following their impressive tenure as Editor-in-Chief.  

This year, SCAN has been shortlisted for Best Sports Section and Best Newspaper Design. Tabitha Lambie has also been shortlisted for Best News Story for their impactful article on the student experience at Lancaster Leipzig.  

Thrilled that SCAN has received national recognition, Ami Clement (she/her), Editor-in-Chief, has said:  

“These awards require detailed and refined nominations, which we spent a lot of time crafting to give us the best chance at being shortlisted, and hopefully to bring one home too.  

“Since its redesign early last year, SCAN has published three incredible issues: Roses Special in May, Freshers in October, and the latest January issue; each one more popular than the last. 

Best Sports Section recognises our commitment to providing multi-media coverage at Roses 2022, with a small team managing to write, photograph, and design an entire issue dedicated to the varsity.  


“Best News Story owes to the recent article written by one of our investigative journalists. This piece required extensive research, interview and dedication; this coverage is ongoing with continued efforts to encourage meaningful change.  

“I am proud of everyone who has been involved with SCAN in the last twelve months, from writing and editing, to formatting the print issues. It makes me so happy to see SCAN grow and become an even bigger national name.”  

Left: Roses Special Right: Freshers Special

Having led the SCAN re-design for the last two years, Elizabeth Train-Brown (she/they) has said:  

“After spending days, nights, and birthdays in the office, it is wonderful to be shortlisted for Best Newspaper Design. Together, we’ve taken inspiration from other student publications and national papers across the country to make the most engaging, student-forward design SCAN has ever seen.  

Packed full of quizzes, colour, accessibility-focused design, and original photography, SCAN is now being sold out within days of printing. 


“I couldn’t be prouder of the design team and everything we’ve accomplished. Nobody bonds quicker than people who share a fluorescent-lit, freezing cold 4AM office.” 

Shortlisted for Best News Story, Tabitha Lambie added:  

“I’m overjoyed to have been recognised for my reporting on Lancaster Leipzig. This story has already had an enormous impact on both the Lancaster University Bailrigg and Leipzig campuses, and I plan to continue working on in-depth coverage to encourage more awareness of the situation.”

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