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Stephens Life magazine finishes in Top 5 for ACP Design of the Year

October 25, 2016

The Associated College Press (ACP) has honored Stephens Life, a student-run magazine, for its “Superfoods” story in the Spring 2016 issue.

The story, which was nominated in the Yearbook/Magazine Page/Spread category, received fifth place for Design of the Year and includes design and photography by Sarah Vitel ’16. Other students involved with the award-wining magazine are Oletha Hope Crutcher ’16 as art director, and Kalynn Coy ’17 as creative director. Amy Parris is the faculty adviser for the magazine.

Coy said the honor would bolster the magazine’s reputation and the students’ careers.

“These awards are commonly referred to as the Pulitzer Prizes of college media,” she said. “The fact that we placed within the top five for design is an honor beyond words, especially considering this is only the sophomore issue following a drastic rebrand in December 2015.”

The announcement comes after the Collegiate Media Association (CMA) recently nominated two other designs from the same Stephens Life issue for its annual design awards.

“We are proud to have Stephens Life recognized for the tremendous effort of our students,” said Dr. Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Design. “These awards are further validation of the School of Design and our commitment to being a leader in design thinking, process and product.”

Parris said the ACP award reflects the talent and hard work of Stephens’ students.

“Our magazine staff strives to find innovative content that reflects the mindset and attitude of each student who walks our campus,” she said. “This award is a reminder that the women of Stephens accomplish great things.”               

Coy has known since she first joined the Stephens Life staff that the magazine and the students involved were special. 

“However, it is flattering and humbling to see industry professionals recognizing our talent,” Coy said. “Knowing just how talented everyone on our staff is I’m confident we can break into the top three next year.”

The ACP evaluated more than 2,500 entries across 29 individual award categories. Roughly 10 percent from the original list were selected as finalists. Through education training and recognition programs for members, the ACP promotes the standards and ethics of good journalism as accepted and practiced by print, broadcast and electronic media in the United States.

View the Spring 2016 Stephens Life issue.  

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