Media 22 November 2017 New Statesman wins Current Affairs Magazine and Launch of the Year at BSME Awards Judges described the New Statesman as "consistently fresh and thought provoking". Picture: New Statesman Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up The New Statesman won two prestigious British Society of Magazine Editors (BSME) awards last night, including the Current Affairs and Politics editor of the year award for Jason Cowley. The shortlisted titles included the Spectator, the Economist and Prospect. “The winning title is consistently fresh and thought provoking. In a very strong category it stood out for its eloquence and independent views,” the BSME judges said, on presenting the award. The New Statesman’s Spotlight series (which publishes specialist business content) also won the Launch of the Year award, with judges describing the supplements as a “great example of monetising a brand without losing its integrity”. Jason Cowley said: “I’m delighted for my team, the best I’ve ever worked with. The New Statesman has evolved into being a print-digital hybrid but as well as expanding our website we remain committed to publishing a high quality magazine, which is politically independent and determined to explain and analyse the forces shaping our world today and creating the history of our era.” › Autumn Budget 2017: Philip Hammond sets aside £3bn extra for Brexit Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!