The Drum's Gordon Young wins top individual accolade at Scottish Magazine Awards


By The Drum Team, Editorial

December 1, 2011 | 3 min read

The Drum's founder and editor Gordon Young has received the most prestigious accolade for an individual working in Scottish magazine publishing.

Young collected The Murray Cochran Award, which recognises the achievement and contribution made to the Scottish magazine industry, at last night's PPA Scottish Magazine Awards in Edinburgh.

He said of the award: “I am flattered and delighted. It is a real honour being recognised by people you respect in this way. But publishing is very much a team effort and it is fair to say The Drum would not have had the success it has enjoyed over the last few years if I was not surrounded by a first rate team.”

DC Thomson title Animal Planet was crowned magazine of the year and also won the award for best consumer magazine design.

Edinburgh-based firm CMYK Design was a big winner on the night, taking three awards in total: best business & professional

magazine design for FYi, the magazine of the Medical and Dental Defence Union of Scotland; customer magazine of the

year for Aurora, the magazine for all eleven Highlands & Islands Airports; and member magazine of the year for

Surgeons’ News, for the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The Big Issue Scotland based in Glasgow, also picked up three awards, winning best magazine cover, consumer magazine editor of the year and consumer magazine feature writer of the year.

2011 Scottish Magazine Award winners in full:

Scottish Magazine of the Year

Animal Planet, DC Thomson

Murray Cochran Award

Gordon Young, Carnyx Group, Glasgow

Magazine publishing graduate of the year

Pamela Jane Morris, Edinburgh Napier University

Chairman’s Award

John Ross Scott, Living Orkney, Orkney Media

Best magazine design: business & professional

FYi, CMYK Design

Best magazine design: consumer

Animal Planet, DC Thomson

Best magazine cover

El Presidente, The Big Issue Scotland

Brand extension

The Official Jacqueline Wilson Mag, DC Thomson

Business & professional magazine of the year

ENT & Audiology News, Pinpoint Scotland

Consumer magazine of the year

Dumfries & Galloway Life, CN Group Magazines

Customer magazine of the year

Aurora, CMYK Design

Digital magazine of the year

Life, White Light Media

Digital strategy of the year

The List, The List

Editor of the year: business & professional magazines

Gillian Macdonald, Times Educational Supplement Scotland, TSL Education

ditor of the year: consumer magazines

Paul McNamee, The Big Issue Scotland

Feature writer of the year: business & professional magazines

Ross Reid, Holyrood, Holyrood Communications

Feature writer of the year: consumer magazines

Adam Forrest, The Big Issue Scotland

Member magazine of the year

Surgeons’ News, CMYK Design

Publisher of the year

Paul Grant, PSP Publishing

Sales initiative of the year

The Beano, DC Thomson

Staff magazine of the year

The Exova Magazine, White Light Media


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