FIPP’s Rising Stars in Media 2016

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

Earlier this year, FIPP revealed those individuals in companies from across the globe who are demonstrating outstanding talent and developing remarkable initiatives.

From the entries, FIPP created the Rising Stars in Media List (see the Finalist tab below) and over the course of the year, we are sharing those initiatives and success stories with the global media industry. 

Congratulations goes to our three winners:

  • Breton Fischetti, Business Development Manager, Business Insider, USA
  • Mieke Vlok, Journalist, Huisgenoot, Media24, South Africa
  • Callie Schweitzer, Editorial Director of Motto, Time Inc., USA

See full details about their achievements in the Winners' tab.

Rising Stars in Media 2017

Entries for 2017 will open in the Spring. Please check here in the New Year for more information.

Who can enter? 

FIPP’s Rising Stars in Media is not limited to any particular discipline, so anyone under the age of 35 can enter, regardless of which area of the magazine media business they work in - whether they are employed full-time or part-time by the company, or are a freelancer.

  • Nominees must be 35 or under on 9 October 2017, and demonstrate that they have made a significant contribution in the past 12 months.
  • If entries are submitted by the individual/freelancer they must be authorised and endorsed by a member of the management team. Nominations can also be put forward directly by managers.
  • Nominees do not have to be a member of FIPP to enter the Awards.

Entries have now closed for 2016. 

We look forward to you entering in 2017 - we will begin announcing details at the start of 2017.

Breton Fischetti
Business Development Manager, Business Insider, USA

Breton has been with Business Insider for over four years and proven himself a strong performer who has continually exceeded expectations.

Mieke Vlok
Journalist, Huisgenoot, Media24, South Africa

Mieke is the epitome of what a FIPP Rising Star really should be. She is a young, ambitious individual with a clear goal.

Callie Schweitzer
Editorial Director of Motto, Time Inc., USA

Callie identified an opportunity to reach a growing audience segment - a new site aimed at millennial women who are interested in advancing their careers and living more meaningful lives.

Allie Kircher
Senior Photo Editor, Hearst Magazines, USA

Magazine publishing requires its people to be flexible and adaptable an art Allie Kircher took to with ease.

Amy Galvin
Art Director, Hearst Magazines, UK

During her three years at Harper’s Bazaar, Amy Galvin has been promoted several times, starting as designer and progressing to art director.

Ayako Shirashige
Editor in Chief, Hearst Fujingaho, Japan

In only four months Ayako Shirashige was a key player in launching the digital-only edition of Cosmopolitan in Japan (after Nigeria and Nordic regions) – the first one in Asia using the MediaOS’ CMS.

Bea Teehankee
Content Strategy & Insights Manager, BauerWorks – Bauer Media, Australia

Bea Teehankee joined Bauer Media as a senior insights executive in 2010. Bea was quick to take ownership and was instrumental in securing new media partnerships, as well as providing guiding insights for many successful magazine launches.

Becky Coyne
Social Media Manager, Time Inc. UK, UK

Becky Coyne joined GoodtoKnow as Social Media Manager in August 2015. Making an immediate and extraordinary impact Becky has transformed social media communities into thriving, traffic-driving platforms and has established GoodtoKnow as a dominant voice in a highly populated arena – in just five short months.

Benedict Ransley
Creative Media Manager, Time Inc. UK, UK

In September 2015, NME relaunched as a free weekly magazine, covering music, style, TV, film and games. Its commercial objective was to bring in big name partnerships to demonstrate the continued growth and relevance of the NME brand to a millennial audience.

Cristine Kist
Executive Editor, Editora Globo, Brazil

Galileu in its early days was entirely devoted to hard science: astronomy, physics, biology. Two years ago things started to change, which included the appointment of Cristine Kist as editor and a redesign of the magazine.

Devnidhi Bajoria
Senior Brand Manager, Worldwide Media, India

Devnidhi Bajoria is one of the most prolific managers in the company. She has been a consistent performer and has shouldered all the responsibilities really well. She has been phenomenal in giving shape to some of the innovative ideas for the brand Femina.

Esther Kezia Harding
Digital Editor, Page Lizard, UK

Being asked to speak at many industry events within just two short years Esther Kezia Harding has quickly become a recognised an industry expert representing the ‘The Millennial’ view-point.

Gabisile Ngcobo
Journalist, Media24, South Africa

Gabisile Ngcobo is an all-rounder who interviews high profile newsmakers from all walks of life as well as ordinary people with extraordinary stories. She has a knack for uncovering unique angles and for getting people to open up to her.

Gareth Kurt Warren
Deputy Editor – Technology Supplements, Gulf News, Al Nisr Publishing, UAE

Gareth Kurt Warren was appointed Deputy Editor, Technology, in November 2014 and immediately recognised the multi-platform potential of the business.

Guy Goodwin
Junior Designer, Immediate Media, UK

Within three months of joining olive as junior designer and being an integral part of the team, olive won the Food & Drink Digital Magazine of the Year 2014.

Jessica Pels
Site Director, Hearst Magazines, USA

Since Jessica Pels took the helm, the site has grown by 145 percent, its social following increased by a million, and her team doubled in size.

Kamilah Gray
Global Media Marketing Manager, Bloomberg, USA

Bringing her passion for technical innovation to Bloomberg Media's licensing and distribution arm, KamilahGray has done an exceptional job to bring products to life in ways that generate unique client engagement.

Luana Bescapè
Brand Manager, Hearst Magazines, Italy

Working to find an alternative digital solution that would promote digital app subscriptions, with a much lower cost compared to paper – Luana Bescapè analysed and studied both Italian and foreign examples, and other sectors, to fully understand how to optimally implement Facebook advertising on their digital subscriptions app.

Marcus Hall
Senior Interactive Designer, Lovatts Media, Australia

To leverage the strengths of Lovatts Media’s core print business in a global marketplace meant sustainable digital solutions and integrating print and digital media that would deliver puzzle content direct to customers and B2B clients.

Martyna Wyrzykowska
Managing Editor, Burda International Poland, Poland

Martyna Wyrzykowska joined Burda in 2015 and within a year was able to create the strategy and relaunch a full, fabulously designed website with very positive feedback from users and advertisers.

Mimi Thurgood
Online Editor, Associated Media Publishing, South Africa

Mimi Thurgood has been instrumental in growing web and social media numbers by 700 per cent - far surpassing publishing competitors.

Natalie Tanbourgi
Sales Executive, Bloomberg, UK

Nathalie Tanbourgi has demonstrated a keen ability to find innovative content solutions for Bloomberg Media licensing and distribution clients across text, photos, video and data to grow consumer engagement, increase monetisation and provide cost savings.

Nikita Poljakov
Chief Economic Editor, Economia, Czech Republic

Top ženy Česka (Top Women of Czech Republic), organised by Economia, awards the most influential women in the country. It is a networking platform, hosting several small scale events throughout year and final gala night, where a list of the top 50 women in the business and public sector is announced.

Rafael Quick
Executive Art Editor, Editora Globo, Brazil

Galileu in its early days was entirely devoted to hard science: astronomy, physics, biology. With newsstand sales falling, the team were tasked with strategies to show that the printed GALILEU was not just a less interactive version of its website, but a different media, as relevant as the digital.

Robert Waidhofer
Media Advisor, Time Inc. UK, UK

Robert Waidhofer has transformed Time Inc. UK’s relationships with clients and accelerated digital growth – 25 per cent year-on-year.

Rocío Guille
Community Manager, IDG Communications, Spain

Rocío Guille joined in September 2015 in a supporting role for the IDG Social Media Department, specifically for the administration of the IDG Millennials account.

Tine Presterud
Project Manager, First Purple Publishing, Denmark

Since arriving at the company in August 2015 Tine Presterud has:

Vera Lihosherstova
Brand Manager, Hearst Shkulev Media, Russia

Vera Lihosherstova is ambitious, enthusiastic and passionate. A true leader who charges other colleagues with the positive energy and makes business more exciting.

Yan Chen
Senior Project Manager, ELLEFIT, Hearst Magazines, China, China

As the sports market in China is booming. Yan Chen came up with the idea of ELLEFIT for women with passion for a sporty lifestyle, and was selected by management to form the team.


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