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UCLan teams up with Sheffield and Cardiff to launch new student journalism awards

22 October 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Top editors join judging panel of new magazine awards event

Hosted by the University of Sheffield, and sponsored by Redwood London, BBC Worldwide and Dennis Publishing, the new Magazine Academy Awards will celebrate the best journalism being produced on all courses accredited by the former PTC, which now falls under the Professional Publishers Association’s careers division.

Three prizes will be awarded; The BBC Worldwide Prize for Best Student Magazine, The Redwood New Concept Award, and the Felix Dennis Memorial Prize for Digital Only Brands. A panel of 16 top editors will judge the entries and the winners will be announced in a ceremony hosted by one of the biggest names in the industry, David Hepworth, and held at The University of Sheffield on Friday 24 October.

The awards have been organised by The Magazine Academy; a collaboration between The University of Sheffield, Cardiff University and UCLan course leaders formed following the announcement that the PTC awards were cancelled this year due to a lack of sponsorship.

"Right from the outset we wanted to attract top names but, we've been astounded at how many editors have offered their time and support."

"While I understand the decision, it was bitterly disappointing for the students not to have the chance to show editors and publishers their work," said Yvonne Illsley, Course Leader for Magazine Journalism at Sheffield. "I contacted Tim Holmes at Cardiff and Cathy Darby at UCLan, both of whom felt the same way, so we decided to organise the awards ourselves. Right from the outset we wanted to attract top names but, we've been astounded at how many editors have offered their time and support."

The BBC Worldwide Best New Magazine prize is being judged by Lindsay Nicholson, Editor of Good Housekeeping, Esquire's Alex Bilmes, Matt Swaine from BBC Wildlife, Sally Eyden from Now and Sara Cremer, Managing Director of Redwood London. Other category judges include Glamour's Jo Elvin, NME.com editor Greg Cochrane, Matthew Gwyther from Management Today and Four Four Two's David Hall.

The winners of each category will receive £500 donated by the prize sponsors. The awards will take place on Friday 24 October at The University of Sheffield’s Inox Suite, with a view to moving to other accredited universities in future years.