IQ, the magazine for British Mensa members produced by Think, has won the Membership Title of the Year award at the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) Scotland Awards.
The awards ceremony, which recognises talent, creativity and innovation across Scottish specialist media, took place on Wednesday 29 November at the Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow.
IQ took the top spot in the Membership Title of the Year category with the shortlist including titles from National Trust for Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland, Royal Botanic Gardens Edinburgh and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. The award recognises the digital and print publication that has best served the members or customers of an organisation, society or institution, as a medium for news, views and information in the last year.
The magazine, which is exclusively available to British Mensa members, was also shortlisted for Relaunch of the Year and the magazine’s editor, Fraser Allen, was shortlisted for the Editor of the Year award.
Cath Hill, CEO of British Mensa, said: “I am thrilled that our membership magazine has gained such outstanding recognition in winning an industry-leading award, particularly in the first year of its inception. It’s testament to the exceptional work of the team at Think in both the research they conducted into what our members wanted to see in the magazine and the execution of the publication itself that we have won this award against such strong competition.
“Above everything, what I am most delighted about is the excellent feedback we’ve received from our members, who are really enjoying our new magazine!”
On receiving the award on behalf of Think and British Mensa, Fraser Allen, Editor in Chief of IQ, said: “The challenge of creating a new magazine for almost 18,000 of the very brightest people in the UK and Ireland was a challenge I couldn’t resist! We sought to create an editorial mix that would satisfy the hungriest of minds while appealing to anyone with a curiosity for human life in all its wonder.
“Combine that with brilliant contributions from leading writers and Mensa members, and a stunning approach to design and photography, and I think we’re creating something special that will keep getting even better. And importantly, a big part of the success has been down to the exceptionally creative yet pragmatic relationship forged between Mensa and Think.”
In a year of transformation for British Mensa, IQ magazine is one of a number of new additions, with others including a new look for Mensa and the introduction of weekly e-newsletters for members and non-members. Following on from this, a new online community space will launch in early 2024, enabling members to interact with each other and find conversations that are of interest to them.
Non-members can find out more about becoming a Mensa member here and can sign up to our non-member newsletter, IQ Weekly, at the bottom of this page.