Magazine exhibition launch highlights career options

08 November 2013

Magazine exhibition launch highlights career options

Neil Braidwood, Vice-Chair of PPA Scotland, spoke to students

Journalism students have welcomed the Vice-Chair of the Scottish magazines publishing association to GCU, where he opened an exhibition celebrating his organisation's centenary.

The exhibition, which shows how Scottish magazines have developed since 1900, will be on display in the Saltire Centre from 6 November to 6 December, before touring Scotland.

Neil Braidwood, Vice-Chair of PPA Scotland, told students about potential careers in the magazine industry, highlighting some of the country’s most established titles such as arts magazine The List and story magazine The People’s Friend.

He told students: “PPA is 100 years old this year. And to celebrate that, we have created a touring exhibition focusing on the amazing publications that Scotland has created over that time.

“Many students will be thinking of magazines as a place to work when they leave full-time education. We have a long tradition of publishing in Scotland, which carries on today. The industry talks of the golden age in magazine publishing being now – one thing’s for certain, we have a rich seam right here in Scotland.”

PPA Scotland represents the Scottish members of the Professional Publishers Association. There are more than 250 titles produced in Scotland alone.

The exhibition will be accompanied by Unlimited, a magazine written by PPA Scotland members and designed by CMYK design to celebrate magazine publishing.

Claire Dean, Lecturer in Broadcast and Online Journalism and Programme Leader, MA Multimedia Journalism, said the exhibition launch helped to inspire her students.

“The exhibition really shows that there’s a greater range of publications out there than people may think. It is helping to open our students’ eyes to a career in what is a thriving industry.”