return Home

Meet our youngest ever Rising Star in Media, nine year old Charlie Robinson

In December, FIPP and UPM announced the winners of the fourth annual Rising Star Awards. Amongst the accolades was the Special Jury Award, given to nine year old editor, Charlie Robinson, of Inside Out Publications. 

 

Charlie Robinson ()

From left: Thomas Waltasaari, area sales director at UPM; Charlie Robinson; and James Hewes, FIPP president and CEO

 

The fourth annual FIPP UPM Rising Star Awards ceremony took place at the recent FIPP Insider event, which was held at Immediate Media in London in December. It was described by judges as the most competitive set of entries since the Awards began back in 2015, and three companies were awarded for the high standard of the entries they submitted.

In addition to the overall winners and highly commended entrants, a very special award was given out to the editor of Kid’s Guide, nine year old Charlie Robinson. With a circulation of 84,000 children in Cumbria already, and ambitions held by Robinson to introduce further publications, it’s a wonderful example of how the traditional magazine industry is still capturing the imagination of young people.

 

Charlie Robinson ()

Charlie receives his special award from Thomas Waltasaari, area sales director, UPM

 

Unfortunately, a bout of stage-fright prevented the young editor from delivering his prepared speech at the ceremony, but we managed to catch it on camera just before the event took place.

 

 

“Making Kids Guide was hard work, and I had to research ideas online, and ask my friends what they’d like to read and what puzzles they would like to do. Kids Guide goes to 84,000 children in Cumbria and Lancashire. I’d like it to go to every primary school in the country, but my Mum says we have to wait for an investor to do that. As I grow older, I’d like to make other magazines and I would like to be the person that companies and events come to see so that they can write reviews and publish on blogs, and my friends and my Mum and her friends help out.”

A huge congratulations to Charlie for winning the FIPP UPM Rising Stars Special Jury Award, who at such a young age already looks set for a fantastic career trajectory in the industry. You can find the full list of winners announced at this year’s ceremony here.  

More like this

How UPM and FIPP are joining forces to face the future

FIPP and UPM announce the 2018 Rising Stars winners

Download the FIPP Insider London speaker presentations

[Download] Sustainability in publishing: Read how others in the industry are achieving maximum positive impact

  • Finding a home at Penske Media, Rolling Stone 'poised to continue to tell world's most important stories... for decades to come'

    For over 50 years, Rolling Stone has been iconic in its coverage of music and popular culture, political journalism and commentary. From the Beatles' Magical Mystery tour to Shawn Mendes, Rolling Stone has covered the greatest rockstars, the hottest celebrities, the biggest political stories. Called a 'counterculture bible' by The New York Times, the magazine has launched careers, defined what was cool, inspired a rock song, been embroiled in controversy, and over the last two years, found a new home with Penske Media Corporation. 

    17th Jun 2019 Features
  • How to fix broken digital ad models

    Despite popular belief, subscriptions and paywalls will not be the silver bullet most digital publishers have been waiting for. Instead, publishers should be exploring innovation in digital advertising formats, said Jessica Rovello, co-founder and CEO, Arkadium, USA, at this year's Digital Innovators' Summit in Berlin. She proposed four new formats as a good place to start.

    17th Jun 2019 Features
  • The real reason why newspapers are losing to Facebook

    There’s a major problem facing communities everywhere — local news is losing the competition for advertisers to the duopoly (Facebook and Google). These two firms account for around 70 per cent of all digital ad spending globally, which has forced closures and cutbacks and severely threatened the future of journalism.

    20th Jun 2019 Opinion
  • Four Meredith brands on why magazine media are focusing on social good

    Magazine media have long put energy and resources into efforts that are bigger than their brands, into socially and environmentally responsible events and campaigns. Companies are balancing making a profit with being responsible to the planet and the communities that they operate in.

    24th Jun 2019 Features
  • Chart of the week: Where do people find news on their smartphones?

    A little under half of the people in the United Kingdom and Finland said they first referred to news websites or apps when using a smartphone for news, according to Reuters most recent Digital News Report. While around half of people in the United States and Italy said they used social media and messaging apps when initially engaging with news on their smartphones.

    17th Jun 2019 Insight News
Go to Full Site