City alumni pick up prizes at the PPA New Talent Awards.

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For the ninth consecutive year, Magazine Journalism alumni have picked up prizes at the 2016 Professional Publishers Association’s (PPA) New Talent Awards. The annual celebration aims to recognise the rising stars of the publishing industry.

Alumni from the 2015 Masters in Magazine Journalism course were named Best Postgraduate Student and Best Graduate Intern in the prestigious industry awards. The Best Postgraduate Award went to Ellie Flynn who is now Digital News Reporter at The Sun. The judges described Ellie’s work as “brave and punchy, underwritten by a style that never falls into cliché.”

Mona Tabbara, Editorial Assistant at Virgin Media Presents, won the award for Best Graduate or Intern of the Year. Mona was described by the panel as “the complete package” and a “genuinely impressive winner”.

City alumni received 16 nominations this year and were shortlisted in categories ranging from Editor of the Year to Best Graduate of the Year. In the Most Promising Postgraduate Student of the Year category, City alumni received eight out of the ten nominations.

Associate Professor Barbara Rowlands, Magazine Journalism Programme Director said:

"We are thrilled that for the ninth year running our students have won these prestigious magazine awards. The competition gets stiffer every year, so it’s a huge accolade and testament to their hard work and the rigorous nature of the course."

The winners were revealed at a ceremony held on Wednesday 9th March at the Brewery.

Shortlisted alumni

Most Promising Student of the Year Postgraduate Category

Anna Cafolla, (Magazine Journalism, 2015)
Sophie Eastaugh, (Magazine Journalism, 2015)
Ellie Flynn (Magazine Journalism, 2015)
Beth Gault (Magazine Journalism, 2015)
Naomi Larsson (Magazine Journalism)
Robert McCallum (Magazine Journalism, 2015)
Kate Samuelson (Magazine Journalism, 2015)
Francesca Specter (Magazine Journalism, 2015)

New Editor of the Year

Pippa Jacks (Magazine Journalism, 2006)
Editor, TTG Media

New Section Editor of the Year

Helena Lee (Magazine Journalism, 2011)
Features Editor, Harper’s Bazaar/Town and Country, Hearst Magazines UK

Olivia Wakefield (Magazine Journalism, 2011)
Editorial Assistant, THE EDIT, Net-a-Porter

New Business Journalist of the Year

Annabelle Collins (Magazine Journalism, 2014)
Reporter, C + D, UBM

Samuel Horti, (Magazine Journalism, 2014)
Acting News Editor and Senior Reporter, C + D, UBM

Amber Rolt, (Magazine Journalism, 2014)
Reporter, Estates Gazette, Reed Business Information

Best Graduate/ Intern of the Year

Thomas Howells (Magazine Journalism, 2015)

Mona Tabbara (Magazine Journalism, 2015)
Editorial Assistant, Virgin Media Presents, Redwood

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