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UCLan wins student journalism award for second year running

28 November 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

MA Magazine students scoop Student Publication of the Year prize

It’s a double top for the University of Central Lancashire’s (UCLan) magazine students who have won the coveted National Council for the Training of Journalists Student Publication of the Year award for the second year in a row.

The soon-to-graduate MA Magazine Journalism cohort scooped the award for Amigo; their original foreign language magazine for primary school children, launching initially as a Spanish edition with website and digital platforms.

The citation said this is “a wonderful and effortless way for children to learn a new language and explore a different culture. The success of the cartoon Dora the Explorer shows that children are open to learning if it's presented in a fun way and Amigo is a bright, colourful and fun magazine. Having two primary characters is a great idea too. The content of the magazine is varied - there are puzzles, little stories, learn to flamenco dance, even a match the sticker to the word section. So a child won't get bored.

“Working alongside the website and the phone app it's a great tool for learning. This could certainly be rolled out across schools as well as appealing to parents who want their children to develop a passion for languages and different cultures at an early age.”

"UCLan has provided us all on the MA Magazine Journalism course with an excellent foundation to work from and part of this success must be attributed to the brilliant teaching"

Amigo editor Chris Wosu commented: "Winning the award is one of the proudest achievements of my journalism career so far and hopefully there are many more to come. UCLan has provided us all on the MA Magazine Journalism course with an excellent foundation to work from and part of this success must be attributed to the brilliant teaching."

This is the second year running UCLan magazine students have won the prestigious award. Last year’s winner was The Baking Sheet, a business magazine for independent bakers, created by the BA Magazine students. This year’s BA Magazine students were also shortlisted for Inspire, their business magazine for women entrepreneurs in the North West.

“It’s tough enough to be shortlisted let alone to win this award,” said delighted magazines leader Catherine Darby. “To do so adds to our creative trophy cabinet which already boasts an undergraduate hattrick for the Professional Publishers Association new talent award and showcases our students’ multimedia journalism skills and original thinking so essential to starting a career in a highly competitive industry.”