FIPP's Rising Stars in Media 2015

FIPP’s Rising Stars in Media seeks to recognise exceptional young talent within the international magazine media industry, across any discipline. 

Take a look below at our 2015 Rising Star in Media Finalists and Winners:

From left to right: Matthew Stepanic, Francesca Wilson and Laura Wilson.

Entries have now closed for 2016. 

2015 Rising Star Winners info below

Laura Wilson
Associate Director, Integrated Marketing, Hearst Corporation, USA

Town & Country aimed to provide a platform to discuss issues that the panellists of the first-ever Philanthropy Summit are passionate about while sharing success and inspiration. Laura Wilson was given the task of building and executing sponsorship packages for advertisers and striving to offset Town & Country’s marketing investment costs.

Francesca Wilson
Group Marketing Manager, Immediate Media, UK

Francesca joined Immediate Media in June 2014 and dived straight in to take control of Marketing and Events activity across three different brands, where she played an instrumental role in securing sponsorship revenue from Sainsbury’s Little Ones for the Prima Baby Awards 2015.

Matthew Stepanic
Editor of Glass Buffalo and Assistant Editor of Where Edmonton, Where Edmonton, Canada

In 2012, Matthew Stepanic founded literary magazine, Glass Buffalo, to give emerging writers a platform to publish their work and expose readers to work from unfamiliar talent.

2015 Rising Star Finalists info below

Alexandra Sinenkova
ELLE girl Brand Manager, Hearst Shkulev Media, Russia

Alexandra Sinenkova collaborated with Russian boy band, MBAND, to expand the audience of ELLE girl using print and digital platforms, social media tools and creating an event.

Alexander Voronov
Data Scientist Hubert Burda Media Russia

Alexander Voronov is the project leader behind Hubert Burda Media’s new innovation, an online tool that provides the client with information about the price of any car model.

Andrea Leitch
Director of Digital, Travel National Geographic, USA

Andrea Leitch aims to better align the online and offline travel content for National Geographic’s global audience and advertisers.

Annie McGillicuddy
Associate Director, Integrated Marketing Hearst Publications, USA

Annie McGillicuddy was involved in creating the first BAZAAR beauty pop-up salon for Soho House members that created an opportunity for Harper’s BAZAAR beauty advertisers to meet the influential and fashionable crowd.

Apeksha Bhateja
Features Writer, Exposure Media Marketing, India

Apeksha Bhateja faced the challenge of creating the Kerala Magnum Guide, an 80-page magazine issue, for Travel+Leisure India & South Asia, in less than a month.

Breanna Mroczek
Editor, St. Joseph Communications, Canada

In Breanna Mroczek’s role as Editor of WHERE Calgary, she has increased the appeal and brand awareness of the magazine by creating engaging content.

Charlotte Morgan
Web & Commissioning Editor, Olive Magazine Immediate Media, UK

Charlotte Morgan has built and launched Olive Magazine’s first website. The website began with 20 ‘How to’ videos that aim to learn a kitchen tip in 20 seconds and Charlotte has now secure 10 exclusive Heston Blumenthal video interviews.

Cole Ingraham
Manager, Business Operations National Geographic Society, USA

Cole Ingraham’s role at National Geographic was to set up a comprehensive process to secure rights for images and stories prior to publication.

Eleanor Jones
Lifestyle Writer, Time Inc. UK, UK

As lifestyle writer for the UK’s lifestyle website, GoodtoKnow, Eleanor Jones has helped to increase their success on social media.

Hannah Banks-Walker
Fashion News Writer, Time Inc. UK, UK

Hannah Banks-Walker has created exciting print and online content in her role as Fashion News Writer, including compiling the majority of LOOK’s coverage for London Fashion Week.

Hannah Boag
Sales Executive, Time Inc. UK, UK

Hannah Boag identified Situations Vacant as a key but under-utilised classification within Time Inc.’s Shooting Portfolio and came up with the idea of a recruitment website to accelerate growth.

Igor Nowiński
Content and Community Specialist Burda Media Polska Poland

After starting as Photo Editor for the ‘Focus’ family of magazines, Igor Nowiński has made his mark when he joined the digital team in April 2012.

Jessica Dady
Digital Content Editor, Time Inc. UK, UK

Jessica Dady has helped GoodtoKnow develop their search engine optimisation strategy and delivered year-on-year growth in the company.

Jonathan Holmes
Writer, Immediate Media, UK

Jonathan Holmes came up with the idea of TV Champion for in July 2014 after facing the challenge of keeping new visitors engaged with the online content.

Katelyn MacLachlan
Associate Director, Product Design and UX, Hearst Magazines Digital Media, USA

In 2014, Katelyn MacLachlan played an important role in shaping the future of Hearst Digital Media by helping to create a front end design system that decreased the time it takes to implement new site designs.

Lyana Boranukova
Producer, Burda Russia, Russia

As a video producer for Burda Russia, Lyana Boranukova created a corporate image video to portray them as a modern media company on the path of digital development.

Linda Mali
Editor, Caxton Magazines, South Africa

In Linda Mali’s role as Editor of BONA, South Africa’s only magazine published in four languages, she leads a team of twenty staff to produce the four magazines.

Martin Lukáš
Graphic/Webmaster, Burda Praha, Czech Republic

Martin Lukáš helped to create a brand new graphical layout for Burda CZ’s premium website, The aim was to increase traffic and revenue by creating an up-to-date and fresh graphical design.

Melissa Michael
Advertising Manager, The River Group, UK

In 2014, Melissa Michael took The Co-Operative Food magazine from a loss-making title into a significantly profitable title in just 12 months.

Pauline Beroud
Head of Business Marketing, Hearst Magazines UK, UK

Pauline Beroud faced the challenge of leading a project to define Hearst’s corporate brand with aims to build on existing equity, be regarded as a top media player and reshape Hearst’s commercial offer.

Prateek Bahri
Manager – Activation Sales, Exposure Media Marketing, India

Prateek Bahri’s role involves the challenge of securing potential sponsors by increasing the brands awareness and influence, for two dynamic magazine brands, MAXIM and Sports Illustrated India.

Richard Morley
International Account Manager, Time Inc. UK, UK

Richard Morley’s aim was to increase the revenue of fine wine website,, without impacting on ad availability.

Ruramai Ottilia Madyara
Co-founder/Advisor, The Ambassador Magazine, Zimbabwe

In a collapsing Zimbabwean economy, Ruramai Ottilia Madyara aimed to create a successful magazine that would network with diplomatic and Non-For-Profit Organisations clients in a bid to create a new revenue stream.

Samantha Freedman
Beauty Editor, Time Inc. UK, UK

As Beauty Editor of LOOK, Samantha Freedman’s role includes filling the magazine with 10 pages of beauty news, keeping content up-to-date at and creating in-depth beauty trends reports every season.

Scott Both
Senior Ad Operations Technologist, Hearst Corporation, USA

After starting at Hearst as an Ad Trafficker in 2012, Scott Both has quickly worked his way up to Senior Ad Technologist due to his successful work at the company.

Shweta Chawla
Associate Marketing Manager, Exposure Media Marketing, India

Shweta Chawla’s challenge was to make the MillionaireAsia India brand recognised globally using the PRECIOUS golf cup, a prestigious women’s golf tournament.

Tessa Webb
Account Executive, Time Inc. UK, UK

After Horse and Hound saw declining revenues in November 2013, Tessa Webb aimed to grow revenues and make the magazine a leader in the marketplace.

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