Professional Publishers Association

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The Professional Publishers Association (PPA), formerly known as the Periodical Publishers Association, is a publishing industry body which promotes companies involved in the production of media in the United Kingdom.


Much of the PPA's work is carried out through groups and committees. These include PPA Marketing,[1] which provides insight into the consumer magazine sector; PPA Business, which represents the interests of business media and data publishers; and the Independent Publishers Network (IPN). The PPA has a branch in Scotland to cater specifically for publishing businesses in that region.[2]

The PPA is the umbrella body for the Periodicals Training Council,[3] which runs courses and accredits some university journalism and publishing programmes.

The CEO of the PPA is Barry McIlheney.

The PPA is one of the seventeen Gatekeepers of the United Kingdom Press Card Association.[clarification needed][citation needed]


In 2008, the PPA sponsored a contest, "The Great Cover Debate", to determine the best British magazine covers of all time.[4] The entrants were chosen by magazine editors, and a shortlist of 16 covers was selected by an industry panel. In a public Internet vote, a Radio Times cover from May 2005, depicting Daleks crossing Westminster Bridge, was chosen as the best cover.[5][6]

Awards programmes[edit]

The PPA Awards are presented annually by the Professional Publishers Association (PPA) to recognise and reward members.[7][8]

The Periodicals Training council runs two annual awards events, the Magazine Academy awards and the PTC New Talent Awards. The Magazine Academy awards judge magazines and digital concepts submitted by students on accredited courses. The overall 2010 winner was Munchkin, a children's food magazine submitted by students from the University of Central Lancashire.[9] The PTC New Journalist of the Year award focuses on writing, and awards prizes across eight categories.[10]


  1. ^ "PPA Marketing". Professional Publishers Association. Retrieved 17 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "PPA Scotland". Professional Publishers Association. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  3. ^ "About: Activities: People, Training & Careers". Professional Publishers Association. Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Great Cover Debate". Magazine Week. Periodical Publishers Association. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  5. ^ Martin, Nicole (2008-09-29). "Vote Dalek image voted best magazine cover of all time". Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  6. ^ Gallagher, Rachael (2008-09-29). "Radio Times voted most iconic cover". Press Gazette. Retrieved 2008-10-01. 
  7. ^ "The PPA Awards 2010". PPA. 
  8. ^ Attiq Sadiq (2009-12-21). "PPA Magazine Awards open to entries for 2010". 
  9. ^ "The Periodical Publishers Association". Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  10. ^ "". Retrieved 2011-02-10. 

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