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Best in Show among honors received as Stephens Life earns more design awards

November 2, 2017

Stephens Life, a student-run magazine, has once again come home a winner from the national College Media Convention. 

Among the many accolades, the Associated College Press (ACP) named Stephens Life a magazine Pacemaker award winner, which is considered the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate publications. The winners were announced during the convention Oct. 25-29 in Dallas. 

“The Pacemaker is the association’s preeminent award,” said Laura Widmer, ACP executive director. “ACP is honored to recognize the best of the best.” 

The “Eat” story in the Fall 2016 issue received an Honorable Mention in the APC’s prestigious Design of the Year in the Yearbook/Magazine Page/Spread category. 

Stephens Life was also a big winner in the Pinnacle Awards, which are presented by the College Media Association, the national association for college media and its advisers, and honors the best in college media organizations and individual work. Those awards included: 

  • 2nd place in Best Magazine Entertainment Spread for the “Eat” story.
  • 2nd place in Best Magazine Contents Page/Spread for the innovative table of contents in the Spring 2017 issue.
  • 3rd place in Best Magazine News Page for the “Men and Feminism” story in the Spring 2017 issue.
  • 3rd place for Best Social Media Strategy
  • 4th place for Best of Show

“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.

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.

The student-run magazine 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 ACP 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. 

See Spring 2017 issue here: 

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