The 2011 PPA Scottish Magazine Awards had a special significance for MSc Publishing students this year. Five of us were invited to the annual lavish, red-carpet event where the cream of the Magazine Publishing industry gathered to celebrate the best in the industry.
Magazine Publishing Postgraduate of the Year was Pamela Jane Morris (pictured), graduate of MSc Publishing. This is an exclusive award, open to students who have graduated from MSc Publishing. The event was a great opportunity to get advice on working in the publishing industry. Lecturers advised that it is necessary to be noticed and to make the most of opportunities. Nominees for the Magazine Publishing award recommended applying for internships as soon as possible and taking advantage of any potential placements. Marion Sinclair (Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland) also recommended speaking up and making suggestions when on placements. (Students on MSc Publishing undertake a placement as part of their publishing studies.)
The Scottish Magazine Awards reward excellence in magazine publishing. It was interesting to see the range of magazine publishing in Scotland, trade titles, business to business and charity titles. Two of the most successful publishers of the night were DC Thomson and The Big Issue, both winning several prizes. The overall winner of the evening was Animal Planet, published by DC Thomson.
All in all, it was a truly rewarding evening!