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City alumni among the winners at the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards


City journalism alumni have been named winners in three categories at the 2015 British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) Awards. The BSME awards are considered to be the one of the most prestigious in UK publishing, recognising the best of the best in the magazine industry. Winners picked up their awards at a glamorous gala dinner at The Brewery hosted by British comedian Alexander Armstrong. Alongside the winners, alumni were also shortlisted in several categories.

Dr Barbara Rowlands, Associate Professor of Journalism, said:

“This is a terrific result that demonstrates the high standard of graduates that City continued to feed into all sectors of the industry. Congratulations to all the winners for their achievements.”

Anna Winston, (Magazine Journalism, 2007) is the Editor of Dezeen and was named Digital Editor of the Year for Business.

Anna said she wasAnna Winston BSME awards “thrilled” to have won a BSME award and “privileged to be part of an innovative and influential digital company that really invests in journalism.”

Talking about her time at City, Anna says the Magazine Journalism course she completed in 2007 helped to kickstart her career. "City helped me get my foot in the door. I graduated just as the recession was about to hit and I sometimes wonder if my career would have developed in the same way without the freedom to experiment with digital journalism and the leg-up into the industry City gave me."

Simon Kurs, (Magazine Journalism, 2004) is the Editor of easyJet Traveller magazine. He was announced the winner of the Branded Content – Consumer category and says he was “beyond chuffed” to have won.

"This award was the number one target I set myself, when I took over as editor of easyJet Traveller back in 2011 and it’s been quite a journey to get there. Suddenly, all the late-night Simon Kurs BSME awardssessions, yearly redesigns and regular motivational team chats seem worthwhile, and it’s all the more satisfying because the BSMEs are decided upon by the people who really know what they’re talking about: by which I mean other editors in the industry.”

“I started out in newspapers - my first post-City job was as a commissioning editor at the Sunday Times - before enjoying a number of senior positions at a variety of men’s lifestyle publications. This was my first foray into customer publishing and I’m proud to have watched this part of the industry grow so much over the past five years. The best customer mags – many of which are inflights - are now more than a match for their newsstand equivalents in terms of creativity and editorial impact and they’re making money and growing readerships too – no mean feat at a time when everyone is talking about the death of print. That death, to paraphrase the most paraphrased of Oscar Wilde quotes, is greatly exaggerated.”


Ed Grenby (Periodical Journalism, 1998)

Editor of The Sunday Times Travel Magazine
Winner of Lifestyle Brand

Simon Kurs, (Magazine Journalism, 2004)

Editor of easyJet Traveller
Winner of Branded Content - Consumer

Anna Winston, (Magazine Journalism, 2007)

Editor of Dezeen
Winner of Digital Editor of the Year – Business

Highly Commended

Ben Preston, (Newspaper Journalism, 1987)

Managing Editor of Radio Times
Highly commended in Entertainment Brand category


Toby Skinner (Periodical Journalism, 2008) 

Editor of N by Norweigan
Shortlisted for Branded Content – Consumer

Andrew Barker (Newspaper Journalism, 2006) 

Executive Editor of Evening Standard Magazine
Shortlisted for Newspaper/Current Affairs Brand

Philippa Jacks (Magazine Journalism, 2006)

Editor of Travel Trade Gazette
Shortlisted for the Fiona Macpherson New Editor of the Year

Heather Spurr (Newspaper Journalism, 2012) 

Reporter for Inside Housing
Shortlisted for Campaign of the Year for Housing Benefits campaign

Eleanor Hughes (Periodical Journalism, 1995)

Editor of Healthy
Shortlisted for Innovation/Brand-Building Initiative for Bringing Healthy to the Newsstand

Emily Wright (Magazine Journalism, 2005) 

Features and Global Editor of Estates Gazette
Shortlisted for the Cover of the Year Business (RBI)
Shortlisted for Launch of the Year for Estates Gazette Investor Guides


The BSME is a UK society for magazine and website editors and senior editorial staff. Its aim is to represent the needs and views of all editors.

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