Artsbeat wins Magazine of the Year Award

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320Artsbeat won the Magazine of the Year Award at the prestigious Midlands Media Awards 2014 held in Birmingham last night.

As followers of this website will know the magazine has only been published for little over a year so I am thrilled to have the recognition of my peers in the industry with the award of this accolade.

This is what the judges said about artsbeat: “This new, amazing, one-woman monthly publication provides arts and entertainment information, interviews and reviews for Derbyshire and the Peak District. With well-written articles, comprehensive local coverage, artsbeat also taps into local talent by using work of photographers.”

The aim of artsbeat has always been to give the thousands of readers who actively choose to pick up the magazine across Derbyshire a great mix of quality editorial features and arts information.

And the businesses that have realised the publication is a great platform in which to promote themselves are now benefiting from its rising popularity.

As editor I produce and deliver the magazine single-handedly each month and so I get to hear what you all think about it and I am delighted that you love it so much. It makes all the hard work worthwhile.

I know there will always be people out there who like to read well written, interesting articles about people in their community and I am proud to have been a professional journalist creating such content for the last 35 years.

There have been many great moments in my long career but I think winning the award for Magazine of the Year last night was probably the best.

The awards are Birmingham Press Club’s flagship event launched to acknowledge the achievements of the region’s talented journalists, photographers, broadcasters and bloggers.

They had a record 320 entries this year and said last night that the magazine category was one of the most hotly contested. In fact another Derbyshire magazine Taste The Seasons produced by Andy Darlington won a highly commended prize for the second year running.

Derbyshire as a whole did very well in the regional event as the Derby Telegraph also won several awards – Newspaper of the Year, Scoop of the Year, Journalist of the Year and Campaign of the Year.

Amanda Penman