NEW CIVIL Engineer managing editor Alastair McLellan was this week named Business Magazine Writer of the Year in the Periodical Publishers Association awards, the Oscars of the magazine world.
McLellan, who rejoined NCE in November 1996, was praised by the judges for his 'ability to bring a story alive, using strong journalistic skills, specialist knowledge and vivid writing style.' They added: 'His writing skills could be utilised across a breadth of subjects and issues.'
Among the articles entered by McLellan for the annual competition were a description of his walk along the entire length of the partially completed Jubilee Line Extension in January 1997, his analysis of the political, economic and social situation in the run up to the handover of Hong Kong and an interview with Ove Arup chairman Duncan Michael.
McLellan's articles were singled out from a record 108 entries. His award follows Sydney Lenssen's capturing of the Columnist of the Year prize in the 1997 PPA awards, making NCE one of a handful of magazines to win accolades for its writers from the PPA in consecutive years. NCE was shortlisted in the Magazine of the Year category, while publisher Simon Middelboe also narrowly missed out on an award.