Stephens Life, the student magazine of Stephens College, has been named a Best of Collegiate Design Pinnacle Award finalist in three 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.
The Spring 2017 issue of Stephens Life is a 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.” One feature story from the Fall 2016 issue was also named a finalist: “Eat” in the Best Magazine Entertainment Page/Spread category.
Stephens Life is no stranger to producing 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.
“We are pleased to be finalists in the College Media Association: Best of Collegiate Design contests for the second year,” said Dr. Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Design. “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.”
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 and Alexandra Martin ’18. “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.
Review the complete list of finalists.
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