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#FeesMustFall movement named 2015 Newsmaker of the Year

The decision was based on the amount of media coverage on it and the impact it had on universities.

FILE: A UCT #FeesMustFall protester drums on a dustbin during the UCT protests on lower campus. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The National Press Club has named the Fees Must Fall movement as the Newsmaker of the Year for 2015.

The unanimous decision was based on the amount of media coverage the movement received and the impact it had on universities.

The media body says the #FeesMustFall movement was a game changer for tertiary education and the social media campaign largely dominated headlines.

The press club's Ben Rootman says the campaign's impact was felt across the country, and to some extent, abroad.

"This was very well orchestrated, it was exceptionally well-run and for a number of weeks and it culminated when the student leaders met with President [Jacob] Zuma at the Union Buildings. The same day he announced that there will be no fee increase for 2016."

WATCH: The day fees 'fell'

Click here to see EWN's Fees Must fall feature.