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