Making a splash: shortlist announced for student magazine award

The shortlist has been revealed for this year’s award for the best magazine cover designed by journalism students at De Montfort University, Leicester.

Five eye-catching covers made the cut for the annual prize, which rewards excellence by students on a third-year module on the Journalism degree at DMU.

The prize will be judged by Carl Loben, editor-in-chief of DJMag, the world’s leading electronic music magazine.

Groups of students create glossy magazines using industry-standard software in a final-year practical journalism assessment at DMU. The task gives each of them the chance to display a nose for good stories, an ear for a great quote and eye for page design and an all-round flair for feature writing.

The shortlisted magazines are:

Callisto: created by students Sam Bethune, Ryan Blacklaws, Omar Ibrahim, Emily Pratchett

Callisto magazine

Chaos: created by students Aleksandra Brzezicka, Kinga Ludwin, Gemma Ross, Rosie Vacciana-Browne

Chaos magazine

Embrace: created by students Jessica Bradley, Chloe Martin, Jessica McLeod-Urquhart

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Gents: created by students Vincent Chen, Enoma Iduseri, Sofia Luis-Hobbs

Gents magazine

Thrive: created by students James Cannell and Naomi Dann

Thrive magazine

“Each year, the quality of the magazines submitted by our students seems to rise,” said Journalism programme leader, Brian Dodds.

“It’s a testament to the ability, enthusiasm and hard work of our talented students that they produce such professional-looking magazines – and even more impressive that this year’s work was produced in the midst of a lockdown.”

The winners, who will share a £200 prize, are due to be announced at the end of next week.

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