THE MANCHESTER MAGAZINE is back at work and our team could not be more motivated. We have had another highly successful year in 2016-17, with our efforts being recognised at the National Student Publication Association Awards. After being nominated for several categories in the previous edition of these prestigious awards, TMM ended up taking home the award for the “Best New Publication in U.K. and Ireland” in 2016-17. The panel judges, from outlets such as The Times, Metro and The Scotsman, commented on our “breadth” and “depth” of articles, and our commentary on lending “unique” and “niche perspectives” to local and global affairs.
A plethora of articles were published and recognition was received at both local and national level. From our feature on the state of Hong Kong, to our coverage of the Italian banking crisis and internal political conundrums, the quality of material produced was something that our readers and writers can be proud of. Our collaborative spirit too landed us important opportunities, including a Media Partnership with the New Stars Competition to showcase international strings and pianoforte talent, strengthening our ability to provide informed insights into high culture.
At this point, a special mention should go to the leadership and guidance of our recently graduated Editor-in-Chief António Rolo Duarte, without whose diligence and passion for THE MANCHESTER MAGAZINE, it would not have taken off the ground to receive such high acclaim and accreditation. Other noteworthy contributors from the past 2 years are the co-founder and deputy editor-in-chief Jeanmiguel Uva, without whose patience and creative commons flair we might have been left in a sticky patch or two; Jake Hampson, our social media and marketing strategist; and Edoardo Tricerri for coordinating our expansion and editorial management expertise. They will be sorely missed at the newsroom this year as they progress into this publication's Board of Directors.
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We have laid strong foundations these past two years, however, never one to rest on our laurels, we have lots to accomplish over the upcoming year. We will be working hard over the next months to deliver the best writing talent on offer from students matriculating at The University of Manchester. We cannot wait to share with you the extraordinary articles that we have been working on over the Summer. So stay tuned.
In the meantime, we heartily encourage you to take a look at (and for our regular readers, to revisit) some of our most successful and discourse stimulating pieces from 2016-17. From their nuanced, informative appeal and in-depth, rigorous niche angle approaches that draw upon incisive and sophisticated reasoning, these pieces embody the spirit and crux of THE MANCHESTER MAGAZINE to its fullest.
We have made a short selection of articles within five main genres. Not all our articles fit perfectly within these five genres, however they will give you a general idea of how THE MANCHESTER MAGAZINE is organised and what we strive for.
When it comes to analysis, we are looking for two things which should be present in very large quantities: critical thinking and clarity of writing. Our analysis is thorough and comprehensive, yet it is sharp and incisive.
Boots Instead of Briefcases – by António Rolo Duarte – delves deeper into the legacy of Rio 2016 Summer Games for a UK Government looking to capitalise upon a Second Place finish in the Olympics, amongst politicising other global sporting successes.
Grenfell Tower: A Question of Class? – by Richard Bolton – snapshot trigger piece in the immediate aftermath of the towering inferno in Kensington that brings to light much of the strife and disenfranchisement of a modern Britain divided by class war.
The State of British Values – by Richard Bolton – An in-depth assessment of the woes betiding a modern multicultural Britain wallowing in nostalgia of an idealised and gilded age, yet overlooks all too readily the underlying hypocrisy therein. From the forgotten generations of an ageing British demographic, to homelessness amidst an age of prolonged austerity in post-Brexit Britain; the state of British society is in peril.
Oxfam, Davos and Inequality Today – by Ryan Khurana – Heralds the dynamism of modern market economies and rebukes the ideological reporting made by Oxfam into inequality in the wake of Davos. In particular, Ryan challenges the conception that inequality is necessarily bad, alongside misinformed principles of money creation by exogenous means and challenges the portrayal of ownership as being necessarily exclusionary.
The bar is set very high for our interviews. We might not publish one every week, but our readers know it is worth the wait. We find the most interesting people, with the most fascinating stories to tell, and send our most experienced interviewers to get the job done.
The Rebel Who Kept Manchester Safe - by António Rolo Duarte and Jeanmiguel Uva - perhaps a more poignant piece in 2017 for Manchester residents in the wake of the Manchester Bombing at the Ariana Grande concert. Sir Peter Fahy, as retired Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, set in motion across his illustrious 34 year career, certain strategies and organisational response planning for such terrorist events. His efforts contributed to the subsequent crackdown on the Manchester terror cell houses, tracking of associates and even the location of the suitcase bomb near to the current Editor-in-Chief's door.
Our columns are already an iconic part of our website, where our writers add their personal touch to the magazine. They are often shorter pieces which make for a more relaxed read, even though they often touch on serious and well-researched topics. They must be entertaining, yet informative and engaging. Unless we are looking at a long-form, particularly powerful comment piece, this is where most of our opinion articles appear.
All by Miles Knapp
All by Lauren Goodfellow
All by António Rolo Duarte
Our main area of expertise is politics and current affairs. However, we have said from the start that we are a student magazine – not an academic journal. The student brain needs creativity to prosper and music, art, sport, cinema, fashion, food and theatre are all essential components of this development. In the culture sections, we want fascinating, engaging articles which take us to a world different from our own.
From The Internet With Love - by Samuel Lindblad – a snapshot frame into young artists trying to break into the scene in the age of social media
The Pearl of the Danube – by Tyler Bryce – insight into the emerging student weekender city of Budapest
This is a brief selection of some of our articles from last year. There are plenty more great pieces of writing across the website, so do keep browsing! You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We will be back with new articles in no time.
Note: We are currently recruiting new writers for The Manchester Magazine. For more information, contact the editor-in-chief at firstname.lastname@example.org