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City wins eighth year in row at PPA Awards

All the winners gather at the PPA awards

Hannah Ewens - Centre, Photo Credit: Alex Genova

It was an evening of celebrations for City graduates at the PPA New Talent Awards in London last night.

For the eighth year in a row a City Magazine alumni took home the Most Promising Postgraduate Student prize at the annual awards.

City Successes

Former student Hannah Rose Ewens won the top prize while Kathryn Bromwich, also a former student, won the Highly Commended Award in the same category. Both graduated from the course last year.

Other City wins included Amy Brookbanks, who won the Highly Commended Award for New Section Editor of the Year and Sophie Wilkinson got the Highly Commended Award for New Consumer Journalist of the Year.

XCity+ raised a glass of champagne to all the City successes and caught up with a few of the winners later that evening.

On winning the prestigious award Hannah Ewens, who is currently freelancing, told XCity+: “Sometimes I wonder whether I am on the right path because I’m freelancing at the moment, so getting this gives me confirmation that I’m doing the right thing.”

Hannah Ewens accepting her PPA Award
Photo Credit: PPA Live

Kathryn Bromwich, who works as commissioning editor and writer at the Observer New Review, said: “I’m thrilled – I will give this pride of place on my bookshelf. I already have a job so it won’t help in that regard but it’s a really nice thing to have for my own satisfaction.”

City’s Magazine MA head of year, Barbara Rowlands, was equally satisfied with the result and commented: “It’s always a highly contested category and a nail-biting moment when they read out the winners.

“But it was an exceptionally talented year and the two winners are real stars. Both have great futures in the industry.”

PPA Award Winners
Credit: PPALive

Also nominated in that category were four other City Magazine alumni: Max Benwell, commissioning editor at Independent Voices, Kasia Delgado a writer at Radio Times, Jack Dutton a reporter at Airfinance Journal and Helen Pye, a junior features assistant at Event magazine.

Last year’s students Annabelle Collins and Samuel Horti, both reporters for Chemist and Druggist, were nominated New Business Journalist of the Year. Horti was also nominated for Gamechanger of the Year.

Advice for Young Journalists

Hosting the event was editor-in-chief of Stylist, Lisa Smosarski, who gave some choice advice to all the journalists in the room in the first throws of their career.

“Say yes to absolutely everything – if you let your pride or ego get in the way you never know where that yes may lead to. Always have your game face on – you cannot afford to show you’re having a bad day.

“Don’t cry in the toilets and never think you are better than your reader. Be more ambitious than your boss – always over-deliver and do not give up.”