Journal award win

Legal Executive journal wins top publishing award

The Legal Executive, journal of the Institute of Legal Executive (ILEX) has won one of the publishing industry’s top awards.

The publication won the top award of ‘Best Magazine/Professional Association Publication/Royal College’ in the 2009 MemCom Awards. The MemCom Awards, now in their ninth year, recognise excellence in communications by professional organisations.

Entries were judged against four criteria: design and content; ease of use; effectiveness; and development.

The judging panel in its citation for the award said: “The magazine has made incredibly impressive improvements. Its new layout, design and editorial stance has made it more modern, more relevant and more compelling.

“Editorial content is practical and interesting and overall the magazine is readable with contemporary and arresting covers and headlines. The new strategy to target editorial to specific reader groups, based on research, such as the various senior and junior members and specifically to women gives greater value.

“The magazine is achieving increased revenues in a tough climate and a crowded market. Produced with small resources the result is testimony to the enthusiasm of its editor. Since its relaunch Legal Executive is a vibrant, growing and confident magazine that deserves to win.”

Neil Rose, Editor of the Legal Executive, received the award at a lunch in the Cabinet War Rooms in London on 29 January.

He said: “When we began the process of reinvigorating the Journal, our aim was to deliver a modern membership magazine that engages legal executives. We are proud of the new-look Journal and this award, on top of the terrific response from readers, shows the progress we have made in just a year.”

Commenting on the win, President of the Institute, Mark Bishop said “My sincerest congratulations to everyone involved. It has been less than a year since the new-look journal was launched and to receive recognition at this level so soon after the launch is testimony to the excellence of the magazine, its content and the hard work Neil and his team have put in to make the magazine a success.

“The feedback from members since its launch has been tremendously positive, reflected in the increased amount of contact and information members have contributed to the magazine.”

posted 02.02.09.