Fife College students scoop top magazine prize

Fife College students, with lecturer Marie Penman, who took first prize at the Scottish Student Awards for their magazine 'Browser'.
Fife College students, with lecturer Marie Penman, who took first prize at the Scottish Student Awards for their magazine 'Browser'.

A class of seven Journalism students from Fife College has beaten the odds to win first prize at the Scottish Student Journalism Awards in Glasgow.

Competing against hundreds of students from universities and colleges across Scotland, the second year HND class came first in the category ‘Student Publication of the Year’ for their magazine, Browser.

The 36 page, full-colour magazine was produced over a period of a few weeks, with content and design based on a variety of web pages.

The idea came about after extensive market research by the students, who quickly realised that most teenagers live their lives online.

This was commented on by the judges, who admired the magazine’s fresh look at student life and commended its innovative design.

The students attended the awards ceremony in the Glasgow Piping Centre on Thursday evening, accompanied by class lecturer, Marie Penman.

“I’m so proud of our little team, and delighted with the prize!” she said.

“The other magazines on the shortlist came from universities who often have over a hundred students in each year group, so it was a real David v Goliath contest.

“When the judge read out the runners-up in reverse order and we weren’t named, I assumed we hadn’t won anything. Then he announced first prize and we all just started screaming!”

The magazine was edited by 19-year-old Ieuan Williams, from Crossford, who was stunned but thrilled by the result.

He said: “This reflects the hard work and long hours that everyone put in to Browser magazine.

“To win the award is an amazing achievement – we all thought we had a strong concept and were so chuffed to see it get the recognition it deserved.”

As well as a certificate and trophy, which will be given pride of place in the Journalism classroom at the college’s St Brycedale Campus in Kirkcaldy, the team received a cheque for £250.