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Stephens Life magazine nominated for two College Media Association design awards

September 21, 2016


Stephens Life, the student magazine of Stephens College, has been named a Best of Collegiate Design Pinnacle Award finalist in two design categories. The Pinnacle Awards are presented by the College Media Association, the national association for collegiate media and its advisers, and honor the best in college media organizations and individual work.

Two feature stories from the Spring 2016 issue of Stephens Life have been named as finalists: “I Like Fashion and Naps” in the Best Magazine Entertainment Page/Spread category and “The Disruption: A Year of Fractured Fashion” in the Best Magazine News Page/Spread category.

Stephens Life is produced by Stephens students as part of a practicum class available through the School of Design. However, students from any major can enroll. The practicum encourages a real-world publishing environment where students take on the roles of creative director, art director, graphic designer, photographer or writer, and work together to produce a high quality magazine publication.

Stephens Life recently underwent a rebranding process,” said Amy Parris, projects manager. “That evolution led to the multipage, forward-looking magazine you see today.

“We also stress a real-world work environment. Students are getting hands-on experience from the pitching of articles to the final production and every step along the way.

“We know our students do great work and we’ve been thrilled with the response from industry professionals, alumnae, current students and prospective students to our vision, but it is certainly nice to be recognized nationally for that as well by our peers.”

“We introduced a rebranding process in 2016, led by Parris, that thoroughly involved our students and reflected a more modern, photo-centric approach to journalism,” said Dr. Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Design. “We believe each page should bring the reader into a relationship with the story, and we are overjoyed to be recognized for that vision with these nominations.”

Stephens senior Kalynn Coy, who served as creative director on both nominated projects and who is returning to Stephens Life this year, said “I loved being part of the magazine’s evolution; I loved that process. It’s been amazing to see how the publication has grown and to be a part of that. Everyone worked so hard to make this happen.”

In addition to Coy, “I Like Fashion and Naps” included the work of current students Madisson Alexander and Brianna Knopf, and May graduates Oletha Hope Crutcher and Lluvia Garcia. Gerica Curry wrote the article. “The Disruption” also included the work of current student Darby Jones, and May graduates Kyla Cherry, Oletha Hope Crutcher and Sarah Vitel. The award covers submissions from the 2015-2016 academic year.

Winners will be announced at the association’s National College Media Convention which will be held Oct. 26-30 in Atlanta.

Review the complete list of finalists.

View the Spring 2016 Stephens Life issue.  


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