Cover stars revealed for De Montfort University’s magazine journalism prize

The winners have been announced 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 shortlist for the annual prize, which rewards excellence by students on the third-year magazine journalism module at DMU.

And the winner was the powerful front of Embrace magazine, created by students Jessica Bradley, Jessica McLeod-Urquhart and Chloe Martin, who share the £200 prize.

The cover award was judged by Carl Loben, editor-in-chief of DJMag, the world’s leading electronic music magazine.

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Carl said: “Against some strong competition (particularly from Gents), the Embrace cover is the one that’s the most striking for me.

“It’s the front cover with the boldest cover lines, and the image directly draws you towards wanting to know more about what’s inside. It’s a bold cover choice, and credit is due to the editors and designers for wanting to challenge the reader and putting the cover story issue front and centre of the mag. Well done.”

The other shortlisted magazines were:

Callisto: created by students Sam Bethune, Ryan Blacklaws, Omar Ibrahim, Emily Pratchett
Chaos: created by students Aleksandra Brzezicka, Kinga Ludwin, Gemma Ross, Rosie Vacciana-Browne
Gents: created by students Vincent Chen, Enoma Iduseri, Sofia Luis-Hobbs
Thrive: created by students James Cannell, Naomi Dann

Each year, groups of journalism students at DMU create glossy magazines from scratch –  choosing the theme, naming the publication, landing the stories, adding columns and reviews, and designing the pages using industry-standard software. The task gives them the chance to combine all the practical skills they have learned and refined in three years of study – and to apply them to a real-world journalistic project.

Find out more about studying journalism at De Montfort University here.



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