UCLan journalism graduates shortlisted for several industry awards

22 October 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Former magazine journalism students aiming for award success

Magazine journalism students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) are hoping to make their mark at two industry award ceremonies after being shortlisted in several categories.

Two teams of students who graduated from the BA (Hons) Journalism degree this year have made the shortlist for the forthcoming Magazine Academy Awards, which takes place Friday 24 October, in two categories; Best New Magazine Concept and Best New Digital Product Concept for GenZ magazine and Vague respectively.

In another industry awards celebration two other groups of UCLan magazine journalism graduates have made the final cut in the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ) Awards for Excellence, claiming two of the three nomination spots for the Student Publication of the Year award for the second year running and doubling the number of nominations compared to last year.

Amigo, edited by Chris Wosu and his team of nine writers from the MA Magazine Journalism course, is up against Inspire, created by 10 graduates from the undergraduate magazine journalism degree and edited by Tom Freeman.

Chris Wosu, The editor of Amigo which aims to help seven to 11-year-old children learn languages from around the world, said: “The idea for the magazine was a light bulb moment. But from there we all worked so hard as a team to bring the project to life. I'm proud of everyone involved and happy that our work has been recognised on such a prestigious stage. We're delighted to be nominated but to win would be a dream."

“To be shortlisted for the NCTJ's Best Student Publication is a huge confidence boost to all of us, it is great to have all of our hard work on the magazine recognised."

Tom Freeman, editor of Inspire magazine which promotes women’s business in the North West, commented: “To be shortlisted for the NCTJ's Best Student Publication is a huge confidence boost to all of us, it is great to have all of our hard work on the magazine recognised. Winning the award from such a recognisable institution as the NCTJ would be hugely beneficial and will make each of us stand out in what is a highly competitive industry.”

Cathy Darby, course leader for the UCLan magazine journalism degrees, said: “I am delighted that both our postgrads and undergrads’ original magazine brands have been chosen, reflecting the hard work and sheer creativity that makes our UCLan magazine alumni so employable.

“It tops off a year of continuing success for UCLan’s magazine students, from scooping the PPA New Talent Best UK Undergraduate Award for the third year running in March to being shortlisted for both the forthcoming Magazine Academy awards on Friday as well as doubling our shortlist success for excellence with the NCTJ last year – which we won with The Baking Sheet.”

The winners of the Magazine Academy Awards will be announced on Friday 24 October and the NCTJ Awards for Excellence will be presented at the NCTJ’s Skills Conference in Sheffield on Thursday 27 November.

UCLan was the first university in the country to set up a Masters in magazine journalism and has seen many graduates go onto win industry awards. It is the top modern university in the North West for research quality and graduate prospects in the area of communication and media studies according to The Times Good University Guide.