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Publisher Of The Year

More awards success at White Light towers! We collected two trophies at the Scottish Magazine Awards last night, with our Managing Director Fraser Allen named as Publisher Of The Year for launching Hot Rum Cow – an ambitious international magazine with a completely different revenue model to traditional newsstand titles.

Meanwhile, Creative Director Eric Campbell and his team landed the award for Best Consumer Magazine Design for their outstanding work on the publication.

There were also honours for Senior Editor Simon Lyle, shortlisted for Editor Of The Year, and Editor-at-Large Liz Longden, shortlisted for Feature Writer Of The Year.

And it didn’t stop there. We were also shortlisted for Consumer Magazine Of The Year, Best Cover and overall Magazine Of The Year.

The judging panel was chaired by Sally Cartwright, Chairman of the ABC and ex-Publishing Director of Hello! magazine. "Hot Rum Cow is a remarkable magazine, so beautifully designed and produced," she said. "As a calling card for a contract publisher, it beats anything I have ever seen before. It must have a huge pass-on readership." see detail →

Eric is UK's best magazine designer

We're delighted and proud to announce that our Creative Director Eric Campbell won the Designer of the Year trophy at this year's PPA Independent Publisher Awards. Eric took the award for his outstanding work on Hot Rum Cow, the magazine we launched last year to celebrate 'adventures in the world of drinking'.

The judges said: “This magazine doesn’t just look fantastic – it is also very warm and engaging, which makes you want to read it. Eric makes lovely use of illustration and photography, presenting it in a very nice format with great use of paper stock. The presentation is fun – it doesn’t take itself too seriously, with a great use of humour in the design.”

Eric said: "I'm absolutely delighted, especially when I was up against such a talented group of individuals. I love working on Hot Rum Cow as it brings together so many talented writers, illustrators and photographers in one magazine and I guess that collective passion was apparent to the judges given their generous comments."

The UK-wide PPA Independent Publisher Awards are among the largest and most prestigious publishing events in Europe, and winning the award was a great coup after just four issues of the magazine.

Hot Rum Cow Editor Simon Lyle was also shortlisted for Editor of the Year and Hot Rum Cow itself was shortlisted for Launch of the Year.
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Digital magazine winners

For the second year running, White Light Media scooped the Best Digital Magazine category at the Scottish Magazine Awards – and dominated the category with three of the four shortlisted entries. The winner was Standard, our bi-monthly flash-based magazine for Standard Life, which we write, design and build on their behalf.

Strathclyde People, our alumni magazine for the University of Strathclyde, and Conference Call, for clients of the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, were also shortlisted. Elsewhere, we were delighted that our new recruit Christina McPherson won the Student of the Year award – we clearly chose well! In addition, from a field of 262 entries, the first issue of Hot Rum Cow was shortlisted for the Cover of the Decade. see detail →

More awards

Another night of black tie triumph for White Light Media as we scooped two of the top trophies at this year's IoIC Awards in Glasgow. Strathclyde People (for University of Strathclyde) won Best Digital Magazine and The Exova Magazine (Exova) won Best Employee Magazine. It's the second year running that we've picked up these two awards. Standard, the digital magazine we publish for Standard Life, was Highly Commended, and Finance Community for Royal Bank of Scotland and The Equiniti Magazine for Equiniti were also both shortlisted. see detail →

Double award triumph

We scooped two of the top gongs at this week's Scottish Magazine Awards. The Exova Magazine won Best Staff Magazine (the third year in a row we have won the category) and Life (for Lloyds Banking Group) won Best Digital Magazine.

We dominated the digital category with three of the four shortlisted entries (including Strathclyde People for University of Strathclyde and Conference Call for EICC). Edit, the magazine we design for University of Edinburgh, was also shortlisted in the Best Customer Magazine category. see detail →

White Light Media wins IoIC Gold

White Light Media swept the board at Friday's IoIC Scotland awards. We won six awards, including the overall Gold prize for the outstanding project of the year. That honour went to Life, our online magazine for Lloyds Banking Group, which also won Best Ezine, Best Use Of Interactive Media and Best Redesign. Our other big success story of the night was the magazine we publish for Exova, which won Best Employee Magazine and Best Use Of Photography. Creative Cities, a design project for Channel Four, also won a Highly Commended Award. The IoIC (Institute of Internal Communications) celebrates excellence in corporate communications. see detail →

Scotland's best staff magazine


We're thrilled to announce that we scooped Best Staff Magazine at last night's Scottish Magazine Awards – for the second year running. Our winning entry was The Exova Magazine, which we publish on behalf of Exova, the global testing specialists. This follows last year's victory with Lifetimes, the Scottish Widows staff magazine. The Exova Magazine was also shortlisted in last week's International Customer Publishing Awards. see detail →

Connected strikes Gold


White Light Media won the Gold Award for Best Magazine in this year's CIPR Pride Scotland Awards. The award went to Connected, the magazine we write and design on behalf of Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS). Published three times a year, Connected distributed to all teachers across Scotland. White Light Media transformed the design and editorial structure of the magazine after winning the contract to publish Connected in 2005. After retaining the contract in two subsequent repitches, we have since enabled LTS to relaunch the magazine from an IT-focused publication to one that embraces all aspects of education. Above is the latest edition of Connected.

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Best in Scotland for client satisfaction

The one measure of an agency’s work that counts above all else is what the clients say. At White Light Media we truly are well ahead of the competition – as The Drum magazine has demonstrated. In its annual Scottish Design Review, White Light Media took joint top spot among all design agencies in Scotland in the client satisfaction poll. This was based on interviews undertaken by The Drum with 110 clients.Our average score for account handling, creativity, strategic thinking, value for money and overall professionalism was an amazing 9.6. We shared the same overall score with Various Creative.
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Second-fastest growing UK agency

Marketing magazine has named White Light Media as the top-ranked Scottish agency by turnover in its annual survey of the UK publishing agency sector. And perhaps more significantly, we have also been listed as the second fastest growing magazine publishing agency anywhere in the UK – our audited accounts showing growth of 88%.
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