This is the final issue of Critic for 2020, and my last Critic forever. After seven years at this glorious institution and three with your student magazine, it’s finally time for me to graduate from student media and student politics.

It took me a long time to decide what my final editorial for you would be. I thought I had decided on one: an exposé of all the fucked things that have happened behind the scenes during my time here. I spilled the tea for the length of a level one essay, and roughly equal in quality.

I wanted you to know the kinds of shit some powerful institutions try to pull. I wanted to explain how fucking hard this job has been, how often my spirit was crushed, and how I’ve finished my year unsure if I am up for doing journalism or advocacy work ever again. 😗✌️

But nah that shit is depressing. Instead, enjoy some photos from the final print night of 2020 and weep with me. I’m going to miss you guys. This has been a fucked year, but it’s been a privilege.

I would also like to announce Critic’s nominations for the 2020 Aotearoa Student Press Awards.

Best News Story - “Illegal Employment and “Toxic” Work Environment at ReBurger”, Erin Gourley

Best News Reporter - Erin Gourley

Best Student Politics Coverage - Erin Gourley

Best Feature - “A Seat At Our Table”, Annabelle Vaughan

Best Feature Writer - Naomii Seah

Best Editorial - me bitch

Best Opinion Writer - Caroline Moratti

Best Sports Writer - Oscar Paul

Best Culture/Lifestyle Writer - Kaiya Cherrington

Best Reviewer - Henessey Griffiths

Best Column - “The Critic Bachelor”, Caroline Moratti

Best Photographer - Aiman Amerul Muner

Best Illustrator - Saskia Rushton-Green

Best Humour/Satire - Caroline Moratti

Best Creative Writing - Sophia Carter Peters

Best Headline - “Bye Bi Birdie?”, Fox Meyer

This article first appeared in Issue 21, 2020.
Posted 1:48am Friday 2nd October 2020 by Sinead Gill.