Jason Cowley (born 1966) is an English journalist, magazine editor and writer. After working at the New Statesman, he became the editor of Granta in September 2007, while also remaining a writer on The Observer, and moved back to the New Statesman as its editor in September 2008.
He graduated from Southampton University in 1989 with a first class degree in English and Philosophy. In the early 1990s, he began publishing reviews, literary essays and articles in British newspapers and magazines before, in 1996, becoming a staff writer on The Times, during which period he was a judge of the Booker Prize for fiction. In the summer of 1998, he became literary editor of the New Statesman, later he was a contributing editor of the magazine. Meanwhile he continued to publish widely on an unusual range and combination of subjects, including literature, sport and politics.
In 2003, he joined the staff of the Observer, the oldest Sunday newspaper in the world. He worked there as editor of The Observer Sport Monthly magazine and as a writer. Under his editorship the magazine won numerous awards. He left the Observer to become editor of the literary magazine Granta.
His novel, Unknown Pleasures, was published by Faber&Faber in 2000 and a second book, a work of narrative non-fiction called The Last Game: Love, Death and Football, was published by Simon & Schuster in spring 2009.
His appointment as the New Statesman's editor was announced on 16 May 2008. and he returned in September 2008. Cowley's philosophy for the New Statesman was to explore ideas across the political spectrum, saying "I want to use the pages of the magazine to explore political ideas on both left and right." On 10 November 2009, he won the British Society of Magazine Editors' Editor of the Year award in the Special Interest and Current Affairs Magazines category. The judges said that Cowley had transformed the New Statesman and "created issues of the magazine that were the envy of the industry".
In 2010 and 2012, Cowley was shortlisted for the most coveted awards in the magazine industry, as Editor of the Year (consumer magazines) in the PPA Awards. In 2011, he was named editor of the year in the Newspaper & Current Affairs Magazines category at the British Society of Magazine Editors awards. In January 2013, Cowley was shortlisted for the European Press Prize editing award. The awards committee said: “Cowley has succeeded in revitalising the New Statesman and re-establishing its position as an influential political and cultural weekly. He has given the New Statesman an edge and a relevance to current affairs it hasn’t had for years.”
In 2013, the Evening Standard named Cowley as one of the most influential journalists working in London. http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/the-power-1000--londons-most-influential-people-2013-thinkfluentials-news-junkies-8826344.html
- Leith, Sam (5 May 2007). "First Person Singular". Telegraph. Retrieved 21 July 2007.
- Rickett, Joel (28 April 2007). "The bookseller". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 July 2007.
- Cowley, Jason (19 Jun 2000). Unknown Pleasures. Faber and Faber. ISBN 0-571-20233-0.
- Cowley, Jason (6 April 2009). The Last Game: Love, Death and Football at the End of the Eighties. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-1-84737-185-0.
- Brook, Stephen (16 May 2008). "Cowley named as New Statesman editor". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
- Lo Dico, Joy (25 May 2008). "A 'New Statesman' kind of guy. Just not New Labour". The Independent. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
- Burrell, Ian (30 November 2009). "Jason Cowley: 'I'm beholden to no party – and certainly not the Labour Party'". The Independent. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
- Preston, Peter (15 November 2009). "Jason Cowley: big fish at the BSME awards". The Observer. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
- "New Statesman editor wins at BSME awards". New Statesman. 11 November 2009. Retrieved 30 November 2009.
- "New Statesman editor Jason Cowley shortlisted as Editor of the Year in the PPA Awards.". New Statesman. 26 April 2010. Retrieved 27 April 2010.
- "2011 BSME Award Winners". BSME News. 11 November 2011. Retrieved 14 December 2011.
- "Celebrities' open letter to Scotland – full text and list of signatories | Politics". theguardian.com. 2014-08-07. Retrieved 2014-08-26.
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