Triumph for Sheffield at Magazine Academy Awards

The victorious Stateside magazine team at the 2014 Magazine Academy Awards

Sheffield journalism students and alumni dominated the list of winners at the inaugural Magazine Academy awards – and are in the running for a host of other prizes.

At October's awards ceremony, magazines produced by students from the Department of Journalism Studies won in all three categories and took the 'highly commended' honour in two of the three.

The Felix Dennis Memorial Best Digital Only Award went to Talent magazine, while the team behind Fixed were highly commended. The judges named a third Sheffield title, Nomad, Redwood Best Original Concept of the Year.

Sheffield achieved another one-two in the BBC Worldwide Best Student Magazine of the Year category, with Stateside the winner and Moments highly commended.

Yvonne Illsley, magazine journalism tutor with the Department of Journalism Studies, said: "It's always exciting when you win awards, but this year was special. Obviously we had the amazing achievement of our students sweeping the board and winning every award (and all but one of the highly commended places too), but it is also fitting that it happened in the year of our 20th anniversary and when the event was held at Sheffield.

"It shows that after two decades we are still churning out the highest calibre students who are not only impressing their tutors on a weekly basis, but impressing the people who really count – editors."

Brightest talent

The Magazine Academy was jointly founded earlier in 2014 by journalism tutors from the universities of Sheffield, Cardiff and Central Lancashire, to showcase the brightest new talent in the field.

The judging panel comprised leading industry figures representing the BBC, Time Inc, Redwood and Haymarket, among others.

Will Rook of the Stateside team said the award was "the perfect way to end the most rewarding three years of my life".

His colleague Ben Topliss added: "Couldn't have done it without Yvonne, who was such a huge help from start to finish! Great experience, and nice to be recognised after months of hard work."

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Meanwhile, work by eight Sheffield journalism students has been shortlisted in the Royal Television Society Yorkshire student awards. Robbie Pyburn, Rachel-Louise Gerrish, Katie Moffatt, Lantian Zhang, Rosanna Austin, Hannah Rose Campbell, Ben Topliss and Dominic Johnson are in the running for the awards, to be announced at a ceremony on 11 November.

Lanty Zhang and Dominic Johnson are in the running for the Broadcast Journalism Training Council's Student Journalism Awards. Lanty's 'The Life of a Female Boxer' is up for Best TV News Feature, and Dominic's 'Good Morning Rave' for Best TV News Item. The winners will be declared on 20 November at Birmingham City University.

Finally, three current Sheffield students and one alumnus are nominated in the Awards for Excellence given by the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ). Rosanna Austin, Sean Cole, Erin Lyons are in the mix for awards in the student category, while Christopher Baynes, now with the Croydon Guardian, is nominated for a trainee award.

The prizes will be given at a gala dinner on 27 November during the NCTJ's Journalism Skills Conference, co-hosted by the Department of Journalism Studies here in Sheffield.