Lynn Atack fills us in on the 2020 Branch Magazine of the Year award winners.

Once again the quality of our magazines has gone from strength to strength, which  continues to make the job of judging extremely difficult.

The unstinting efforts of everyone involved, from writing articles, producing the layout through to delivery, and everyone in between, working together to deliver such professional publications never fails to amaze me, and the campaign says a big thank you to everyone for doing such a valuable job.

The winners this year encompass all the different ways of publishing a magazine. Totally self published, using a third party supplier or a combination of the two, doing virtually all the leg work yourself, but the third party producing the finished publication.

The awards exist to help raise quality, promote good practice and inspire others to raise their game, and given to those who follow best practice as set out in the Magazine Toolkit available to all editors.

The requirement for magazines to be financially viable has been in place for some time, but this year has sparked debates at a National Executive/Regional Directors meeting and on Discourse.

In view of this I will send a detailed report to the Commercial & Communications Committee for them to consider in their review of this year’s competition and Toolkit updates.

All the points were listened to and it gives me great pleasure in announcing this year’s winners.

Magazine of the Year

Winner NORFOLK NIPS, magazine of the Norfolk branches

Runner Up, OPENING TIMES, Stockport & South Manchester

Most Improved Magazine

Winner, Canny Bevvy, Tyneside & Northumberland

Runner Up, NORFOLK NIPS

Newcomer Award

Winner, beer buzz, Central Manchester,  Trafford & Hulme and Salford & District branches

Runner Up, WirrAle Drinker, Wirral Branch

Well done to all, especially NORFOLK NIPS, as I can’t remember a magazine winning two awards in the same year before. Presentations of these awards will take place when circumstances allow.

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