Back when the University first began, an inspired and creative team of students started the oldest society at the University of York. Our rivals, Nouse. They’ve been making quality papers (though of course, not as good as ours!), since 1964.
Shortly after, a few students split up from that and started up the most awarded student media outlet in the country, York Vision. We compete against each other to create quality print publications and beautiful websites.
The Tab is a national student media outlet, run by graduates who profit off your free work. They’re a faceless corporation with no real team spirit– their Editor-On-Chief won’t even be on or know anything about York Campus. We care about your growth as writers, as that is the reason we exist!
Vision and Nouse are run by students, for students. Everything, right down to our websites and adverts, is designed by us. We sit together in stuffy, tiny offices in Grimston House together to create a beautiful paper written, designed and curated by a team of dedicated friends. We’re a family- just today I was exchanging emails from someone who edited Vision in the 1980s, and once you’ve been involved in Vision or Nouse, you are involved for life in this beautiful, tight-knit community. We’ve all made our best friends here.
Quite aside from that, York has the best student media in the country and is widely touted as the ‘Fleet Street of Student Media’. We have a massive and diverse amount of student publications, all of which are award-winning and beautiful. Universities which don’t have this perhaps need The Tab, but it would be a shame if instead of joining the age-old legacy of quality media, freshers decided to join up with this faceless corporation instead of getting truly involved with the students and news on our campus.
The Tab also simply is not as high quality an outlet as Vision or Nouse. They may have more consistent branding and more sensationalism than even Vision but you will never have anything physical to show for working for them. Our graduates work at Sky, ITV, BBC, the Guardian, the Mirror, The Daily Star, The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Press Association, News Associates, The Times, The Financial Times, Hello Magazine and The Telegraph to name but a few, and they are all still in contact with us. We have so many contacts in the media. That’s what comes of being part of the York Media family! The Tab doesn’t have a physical paper, we do, so you get to learn how to design print and also how to advertise. You get to hold your work in your hand—though our websites are important, too, and are designed by Computer Science students at the University itself.
Finally, The Tab aren’t exactly respected across the media world. Whereas Vision has won the most Guardian Student Media Awards out of any publication ever, The Tab has been criticized for bad journalism by the Independent and The Guardian . Also, anyone who is anti sexual harassment should think twice before joining the outlet which published this: An open letter to the ladies on exeters campus.
Vision and Nouse have national respect, The Tab is nationally derided. They aren’t on our campus yet, let’s keep The Tab where they belong, in obscurity. And it’s not every day that a Visionary would sing the praises of Nouse, our rival paper—but they are our rivals because they are good enough quality to compete with. The Tab are not. Join one of us this Fresher’s week, it’ll be the best decision you made in your entire University career- it certainly was for me!