Patrick Crewdson - shameless self-promoter, Auckland

Friday, September 17, 2004

No relation to the American Samoa Power Authority

Among the many hats I wear - journalism student, freelance writer, radio producer, trucker cap - is one labelled 'Convenor, ASPA Awards 2004'.

You've probably read about the ASPA awards in the papers. This from Greg Dixon's column in the last Weekend Herald:
Here's the trouble with awards ceremonies: they're held by bores and attended by bores so that bores can win things and have something to bore other bores about for the next 12 months. But next Friday's Aotearoa Student Press Association (ASPA) awards knees-up, to be hosted by Mary Lambie, will clearly be as Bacchanalian as it is boring. Said an ASPA spokesperson via press release: "This is the first year we've actually drummed up enough cash for an awards ceremony, so we're hoping Lambie will get trolleyed with us to celebrate." Perhaps they should change the association's name to Aspiring Soaks, Pissheads and Alkies.
Yes, Mary Lambie is hosting. I'm assured she is going to be SUPER-FLY. You should also throw up your goats for the chief sponsor: the NZ Listener.

On Monday I'll post the results of the awards, but in the meantime here are the basic details you'll need to know to be able to talk knowledgably about ASPA at your society dinner parties this weekend:

Membership roll (from north to south)

Auckland University: Craccum
AUT: Debate
Massey University Albany: Satellite
Unitec: InUnison
Waikato University: Nexus (no website)
Massey Palmerston North: Chaff
Victoria University: Salient
Massey Wellington: Magneto
Canterbury University: Canta
Lincoln University: Caclin
Otago Polytech: gYRo
Otago University: Critic

(Critic and Salient also have weblogs (here for Critic and here for Salient). The Critic blog doubles as an mp3 blog. This week the music ed posted an alarming mash-up of Andy C and Phil Collins.)

The star-studded judging line-up

Best publication - Metro editor Nicola Legat, Listenercolumnist and blogger Russell Brown, former Debate editor Nadine Metzger, Scoop.co.nz co-editor Selwyn Manning, and former Nexus editor Ant Hiron.

Best designed publication - AUT journalism lecturer Allan Lee, former Critic editor Brent McIntyre, and Pavement editor Bernard D McDonald.

Best editorial writer - Mediawatch commentator Tom Frewen, former Listener editor Finlay MacDonald, and former Salient editor Mike Beggs.

Best feature writer (profiles) - North & South editor Robyn Langwell, former Chaff editor Sapphira van Assema, and Listener deputy editor Tim Watkin.

Best feature writer (issues) - NZ Herald reporter and former City Voice editor Simon Collins, investigative journalist and author Nicky Hager, and former Craccum editor John Marshall.

Best Maori content - Derek Fox of Mana Maori Media, Annabel Schuler of the Waiariki Institute of Technology journalism school, and Maori Television Service staffer and former Critic kaiwhakapaoho Zoe Linsell.

Best news writer (paid) - University of Canterbury journalism school head Jim Tully, Dominion Post education reporter Michelle Quirke, and former Salient editor Max Rashbrooke.

Best news writer (volunteer) - AUT journalism lecturer Deborah Telford, former Salient editor Nikki Burrows and TV3 presenter John Campbell.

Best cartoonist - Dharma Punks author Ant Sang, cartoonist and former Salient designer Toby Morris, and indie legend Chris Knox.

Best reviewer - NZ Herald senior feature writer Michele Hewitson, poet and reviewer David Eggleton, and former Critic editor Gavin Bertram.

Best cover - Metro art director Jenny Nichols, Western Institute of Technology journalism school head Jim Tucker, and the Listener’s Steve Braunias.

Best columnist - National Business Review media columnist David Cohen, editor of NZ Political Review and former Critic editor Chris Trotter, and Channel Z host and former Craccum editor Martyn Bradbury, AKA Bomber.


Entertainment on the night will be courtesy of Devil Gate Drive (who may now be known as The Basics) and, coming str8 outta H-town, Daisy Chain Halo. The Listener's Tim Watkin, who was around when ASPA was pulled Lurtz-like from the earth back in the mid-90s, will deliver the keynote address.

If you're an influential media person but you didn't get an invite for the show tonight, hit me here.