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More national nominations pour in for Stephens Life magazine

September 28, 2017

Stephens Life, the student magazine of Stephens College, is on a roll.

For the second time in less than a month, the magazine has been nominated for a national award. This time, the Associated College Press (ACP) nominated the “Eat” story in the Fall 2016 issue for Design of the year in the Yearbook/Magazine Page/Spread category.

“The latest nomination for Stephens Life magazine places us alongside prestigious schools from all over the United States,” said Dr. Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Design. “The students and faculty continue to show their eye for design and the School of Design tagline: ‘What’s next.’

“Stephens Life  is a shining example of how design thinking and teamwork results in a product that meets, and exceeds, market needs and desires,” she said. “The magazine captures one’s attention and imagination, thus the Stephens Life experience.”

The “Eat” story has already named a Best of Collegiate Design Pinnacle Award finalist in the Best Magazine Entertainment Page/Spread Category. The Spring 2017 issue of Stephens Life is a Pinnacle Award finalist in two categories: the Best Magazine Contents Page/Spread for its innovative table of contents and the Best Magazine News Page/Spread for “Men & Feminism.”

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.

Stephens Life was recognized last year for its award-winning work. The magazine won a first place Pinnacle Award for “I Like Fashion and Naps,” a spread in the Spring 2016 issue, in the category of Best Magazine Entertainment Page/Spread. “Disruption: A Year of Fractured Fashion,” the cover story from the same issue, received an honorable mention for Best Magazine News Page/Spread. The Associated College Press also honored the magazine for its “Superfoods” story from the same issue. The story was nominated in the Yearbook/Magazine Page/Spread category and received fifth place for Design of the Year.

“Being honored in design categories with other prestigious universities and colleges further validates our recent rebranding as a modern, photo-centric magazine that articulates the hopes, dreams and voices of young women today,” said McMurry. 

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 underwent a rebranding process in 2016 that included the students and reflected a more modern, photo-centric approach to journalism. Students on the magazine staff get hands-on experience from pitching articles to the final production and every step in-between.

“Eat” included the work of Madisson Alexander ’18, Alexandra Martin ’18 and Kalynn Coy ’17. “Men & Feminism” was written by Mary Kate Hafner ’18 with photographs by Julie Valentine ’17.

The awards cover submissions from the 2016-2017 academic year.

Winners will be announced at the association’s National College Media Convention, which will be held Oct. 25-29 in Dallas.







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