Startups.co.uk takes two silver awards at the British Media Awards

Publication second to The Guardian in the Content Team of the Year category with news editor Megan Dunsby 'on the podium' in the Rising Star Award

Startups.co.uk is delighted to have been named on the podium in two categories at the British Media Awards last night.

The glittering ceremony held at the London Hilton, Park Lane and hosted by Claudia Winkleman is designed to “highlight the best in business across the entire media industry”.

This publication finished second only to The Guardian’s Professional Networks team in the Content Team of the Year category, which recognises “innovative content teams who make the best use of new platforms while delivering content of the highest quality”.

Claudia Winkleman awardsStartups.co.uk’s news editor and feature writer Megan Dunsby was also recognised in the ‘silver medal’ position in the Rising Star Award, which seeks to identify “the most promising and talented media professionals” among the new generation of digital natives.

The night saw The Guardian’s former editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger accept an award for his Outstanding Contribution to British Media, following a 20-year spell in which he took the publication online, innovated with the new Berliner newspaper format, and oversaw its publication of WikiLeaks revelations.

Hotly contested with eight finalists per category, Startups.co.uk successfully edged out fashion trend authority WGSN’s content team.

“This is a huge achievement for the Startups.co.uk team and invaluable recognition among outstanding industry peers,” said Ian Wallis, editorial director of Crimson Startups Ltd. “Even to have been named alongside some of the finalists is an honour, so to take second place to a team from The Guardian and edge out some genuine media giants feels almost otherworldly.

“To some second place may be ‘first loser’ – it’s certainly not to this editorial team among such esteemed company and shows that small independent publishers can punch above their weight.”

Other finalists in the Content Team of the Year category included teams entered by media titans BBC World Service, Dennis Publishing, the Financial Times, Bauer Media and commercial content agency Cedar Communications which produces British Airways’ The Club magazine.

Megan Dunsby award picMegan Dunsby finished second to Centaur Media’s Faye Bell, the deputy managing director of Econsultancy UK and sales director of Centaur Media, demonstrating how stiff competition for the Rising Star Award was.

“Still just 24 and with less than three years’ industry experience since graduating, Megan has consistently delivered content of the highest quality,” said Startups.co.uk’s editor Lucy Wayment.

“She has been instrumental in growing Startups.co.uk’s Twitter following from 16,000 to in excess of 60,000, among many other achievements. We’re all immensely proud of her on such a prestigious night for the media industry.”

Other finalists included individuals from Time Inc, Trinity Mirror, Zoopla, Sift Media, Cedar Communications, and Dennis Publishing, which was named Media Company of the Year.

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