Britain’s shining stars in Journalism

Journalism students judged the London Met Magazine Awards
Date: 21/05/2015

Five of Britain’s shining stars in journalism judged the fourth annual London Met Magazine Awards, celebrating the creative success of third year BA Journalism students.

Chris Lupton, art director of Empire; Jane Crowther, editor-in-chief of Total Film; David Smyth, chief rock and roll critic for The Evening Standard, Aimee Brannen, news editor for Archant Media and Channel 4 TV presenter Victoria Hollingsworth gave their professional opinions of print and online versions of the magazines, as well as pitching techniques.

The submissions, which the students have been working on all year, included His and Her Health magazine, a unisex lifestyle mag; Dolce Vita, catering to women’s interests; No Regrets, about body modification; Extra Mile, focusing on men’s health and fitness; Mulier, a women’s lifestyle mag; Kitchen, a feminist magazine, and Zero Sum, a news and current affairs publication.

Zero Sum won Best Cover thanks to its brilliant use of illustration as means to captivate a buyer into purchase, according to Lupton. It also won Best Magazine, according to Smyth, with a consistently interesting blend of features, mixing some serious, heavyweight ideas and relevant issues. Best website went to Dolce Vita, a fun, easy to read, bite sized reflective mag, said Crowther.

"The students worked hard during the year and it was exciting to see their efforts recognised by professionals", said senior lecturer in Journalism, Ben Falk. Wendy Sloane, co-convenor of the module added "A bit of healthy competition is good for journalists. I see a bright future for them."