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Student Magazine is Hot off the Press!

Fife College journalism students have proved they’ve got what it takes after producing not one, but two brand new magazines as part of their course.
Boys versus girls – Fife College journalism students pictured with their new magazines, hot off the press!
Boys versus girls – Fife College journalism students pictured with their new magazines, hot off the press!

Due to an increase in the numbers enrolled on the course this year, the class was divided in to two - boys versus girls, to allow each group to produce a magazine specific to their tastes.

The result is FaQ by the boys, and ATM by the girls. Both magazines are 36 page full colour, professionally printed publications, full of wit, satire and other student stuff.

Stuart Watt (44) from Kirkcaldy, who was deputy editor of FaQ, enjoyed the experience: Said Stuart: “As student magazines go, we wanted to break the mould. At times, it felt like more than moulds were going to be broken. However, we finally pulled it all together and no hospital appointments were required.”

Leia Reid, 20 also from Kirkcaldy, edited ATM and said: “ATM Magazine was a lot of fun for all of us. It let us get stuck in to doing what we were really interested in so we got to live our passion for a bit. It was fantastic.”

Course lecturer Marie Penman was impressed with the whole process and added:

“Both groups really rose to the challenge, and it was interesting to note the differences between them in terms of the way they worked. It was a fascinating experiment and I couldn’t possibly say which magazine is my favourite!”

The magazines will be entered into this year’s Scottish Student Journalism Awards in May, meaning the students will be pitted against each other as they vie for first prize. Fife College journalism students previously won this award in 2015.

Fife College’s HND in Practical Journalism​ is a two year full-time course based at the College’s St Brycedale Campus in Kirkcaldy. It is accredited by the National Council for Training of Journalists (NCTJ) and is designed to equip students with the essential skills required to become a professional journalist. 

Applications are open now for courses beginning in September – for further details call 0344 2480115.​

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