National honour for magazine students

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TWO groups of SHU magazine students were shortlisted in a prestigious national award.

Activism Now and The Tea were runners-up in the BBC Worldwide New Concept of the Year category of The Magazine Academy Awards.

The awards celebrate the best of student magazine work from university courses accredited by The Professional Publishers’ Association.

SHU Journalism magazine lecturer Carolyn Waudby, who accompanied the students to London for the award ceremony, said: “This is an incredible achievement for the students and the journalism team are very proud. It shows SHU journalism students are up there with the best of them.”

Activism Now produced by Gabby Willis and Charlotte Stanbra, targets students and young adults interested in politics, issues and campaigns. The Tea, conceived by Amy Gregory, Stephanie Jones, Kendra Nicholls and Thushya Manisegaran, offers advice for international students studying in Yorkshire.

The six students, who created the magazine concepts at Level 5 whilst taught by lecturer Clare Jenkins, saw their magazine cover designs celebrated on a big screen before The Radio Times editor Mike Frith and Cameron McEwan from BBC Worldwide.

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At the event the students met former SHU Journalism graduate Zoe Knight, now working in London after securing placements with top glossy magazines. Zoe inspired and encouraged the group, advising: “Always listen to your tutors!”

IMG_5120Left to right: Gabby Willis, Thushya Manisegaran, Amy Gregory, Charlotte Stanbra, Zoe Knight, Kendra Nicholls and Stephanie Jones.

Judges for the awards were editors of national magazines and brands including Marianne Jones, editor of Stella, Catherine Westwood, editor-in-chief of Woman & Home and Woman’s Weekly, Laura Rowe, editor of Olive and Peter Grunert, editor of Lonely Planet Traveller.

Ian Foster, editor of Match of the Day magazine, Martha Kelner, sports correspondent for Sky News and Julian Linley, Business development director of Hearst were also among them.

Carolyn added: “I’m looking forward to seeing The Tea and Activism Now developed into full magazine brands this year. And to even more SHU students entering the awards in 2020.”

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