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Pulse team wins two prestigious journalism awards



Pulse won two awards at last night’s British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) Talent Awards, as well as being Highly Commended in a further category.

The News and Investigations Team was named Best Section Editor/Team; while our May 2019 story on practice closures won Best Scoop.

Eleanor Philpotts was also highly commended for Best Editorial Assistant.

Judges praised the team, comprised of deputy editor Nicola Merrifield; news editor Sofia Lind; freelance journalist Emma Wilkinson; and former reporters Anviksha Patel and Lea Legraien, stating: ‘The Pulse News and Investigations team demonstrate an ability to break big stories that serve the needs of their audience and have national interest.

‘This small but highly focused team demonstrates a dedication to editorial excellence all can learn from.’

Congratulating Lea Legraien on the reporting of her award-winning investigation, the judges said: ‘Putting together several sources to tell a compelling and important story, the article did everything a really great scoop should. It put the spotlight on an issue of national importance and led to change.’

Finally, Eleanor Philpotts’ high commendation saw the judges comment: ‘Despite being relatively new to her role, Eleanor has clearly made it her own. The judges were impressed with the originality of her ideas, great contacts and fact that she’s not afraid to pick up the phone and get the job done.’

Last winter, Pulse editor Jaimie Kaffash became Editor of the Year in the BSMEs’ Business and Finance category, having also scooped the Fiona Macpherson New Editor recognition at last year’s Talent awards.

Last night’s ceremony – held virtually this time – saw Pulse stave off competition from a number of national titles, including Good Housekeeping, GQ, Hearst, Cosmopolitan and The Telegraph Magazine