A webinar with PPA 30 Under 30 Winners

January 20, 2021

PPA Live! Webinar sponsored by Shutterstock Editorial

For many working on the editorial side of publishing, the role of editor is often a career end goal; a position that puts you in charge of a talented editorial team and in control of a publications’ evolution. In this PPA Live! panel sponsored by Shutterstock Editorial , we speak with four individuals who have all become editors before the age of 30 and as a result, were part of the PPA 30 Under 30 Class of 2020 for their work in recent years.

From a variety of different specialist publications, these four editors will speak about how they got to where they are now, career highlights, how it felt to win this PPA accolade during such a difficult year and the lessons they will be taking from 2020 into 2021.


Jack Courtez, RN
Jack Courtez

Jack shows real results along with incredible networking skills securing the trust of shop owners. Jack’s work is a great combination of investigative journalism and business-mindedness, and he truly deserves his 30 Under 30 win.

Beth Kennedy, Chemist + Druggist
Beth Kennedy
Chemist + Druggist

With her entry, Beth convinced our judges that she is working from the best B2B editors’ playbook. The sector Beth is in is not the easiest to get to grips with, but she has done just that. Did someone mention a PPA Awards entry next year? Here’s hoping.

Jess Browne-Swinburne (MODERATOR), PPA
Jess Browne-Swinburne (MODERATOR)
Staff Writer & Host of the PPA 30 Under 30 Podcast
Chris Dillon, Vape Retailer & The Retail Success Handbook
Chris Dillon
Vape Retailer & The Retail Success Handbook

Chris is producing results within trade press by continuously creating relevant, paid-for content for local independent retailers. His entrepreneurship shines through with the launching of new magazines and our judges thought Chris a burgeoning publisher – so keep an eye out!

Rebecca Thair, Happiful Magazine
Rebecca Thair
Happiful Magazine

Our judges loved Rebecca’s commitment to diverse voices, which was made even more impressive given that she is working at a smaller publisher without many central services. It’s wonderful to see Happiful, a relatively new title, flourishing with Rebecca at the lead.