An issue of the AUBSU’s student magazine BUMF has been nominated for an international award
The 60-page magazine, whose theme was “Icons”, has been shortlisted for Student Magazine of the Year in the Stack Awards 2018.
Now in their fourth year, the The Stack Awards search out the “most exciting and inspiring independent magazines published between October 2017 and September 2018”.
The award’s judges say they are looking for “exciting, innovative magazines that engage the reader with a clear editorial concept and carefully considered design”.
They added: “We want to see titles that use the platform provided by a student magazine to do things differently and try something new” and BUMF has been nominated alongside entries from London, Hanover and Virginia, USA.
Issue 9 of BUMF was published in April and its joint Executive Editors were BA (Hons) Illustration students, now graduates, Hannah Morgan and Rachel Chorley.
Speaking about the nomination, Rachel said: “It means an indescribable amount to be up there with other magazines such as Metazine and Oppose, and to even share the same web page as Anxy.
“I am beyond happy. This issue of BUMF really was a labour of love as, for both of us, our final year of uni was pretty tough and it was difficult at times to keep our momentum going.
“But through a lot of help from the Student Union – we really could not have done it without the AUBSU staff and Beth and Ezra – and through the efforts of our excellent BUMF team we made it to print.”
Stack says its judges take a whole month getting to know the shortlisted titles before reaching their decision, adding they are led by “top talent from across the publishing and creative industries, who believe in judging magazines, not application forms”.
The Student Magazine of the Year award is given to the best magazine published by or affiliated to a university, college or school and to be eligible the magazine must be creatively led by students, though it may include content and contributions by non-students.
According the to the AUBSU website, BUMF.media originally started off as a 32-page printed zine consisting of students work from AUB and is supported by AUBSU.
The development of BUMF.media has progressed into a multi-platform brand enabling students numerous opportunities to showcase their work.
It says its aim is to continuously develop current and future platforms for students and to create more awareness of the incredible creative abilities at AUB.
The winners and commended titles will be announced at the awards ceremony in London on November 19.