Builders' magazine takes top prize

Assistant editor of Builders Merchants Journal, Mark Rowland, scooped the top prize at Faversham House Group’s first editorial awards last month.

Rowland was presented the prize for journalist of the year, impressing the judges with a ‘well-chosen portfolio of articles, showing much originality, commitment and thorough research, and bringing a fresh writing style to what could otherwise have been heavy going in some places”.

Other winners on the night included Tom Idle of Sustainable Business, who led the relaunch of Environment Business magazine, which picked up the award for most improved magazine or website.

One of the judges commented: ‘It has made the transition from a trade paper into a boardroom magazine – one which would not look out of place alongside Management Today or Business Week.”

The award for the best new editorial project went to buildersmerchantsjournal.net and its editor, Will Parsons. The judges said the site is ‘fun, interesting, stimulating, different – and completely focused on the reader, and the reader’s needs”.

Highly commended on the night were Water & Effluent Treatment News’s news editor Maureen Gaines, editor Natasha Wiseman, sub-editor Brendan Thomas and art editor Anel Stapelberg; Hardware & Garden Review and its editor Paul Fanning; and Maxine Perella, editor of Local Authority Waste & Recycling.

The independent judges were Ian Carter, editor-in-chief of The Croydon Advertiser; Joanna Watchman, director of IMS Public Relations and a former journalist and editor; and training consultant David Mascord.

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