A MAGAZINE designed to help young people develop work skills has shown it's got the X Factor. The latest edition of Limelight features interviews with two former finalists of the TV talent show. The 2012 finalists Union J are on the front cover and in a double page spread inside. The 2011 wild card winner, Amelia Lily is also treated to a two-page feature. On the more academic front, the magazine contains an article on how to produce an outstanding university application and careers advice from Rachel Richardson, editor of Fabulous magazine. Limelight, which is published in Rise Media, was launched in August 2010, thanks to funding by Croydon Council. Its editorial team of young people carry out their own research and interviews and also write and edit the features. Adeline Iziren, the magazine's founder, said: "These fabulous activities are designed to boost the confidence of young people and help them develop skills for the world of work - skills such as team work and communication." The magazine is now sponsored by Croydon College and the latest edition has been produced with an additional £4,000 donated by corporate charity, Croydon Commitment and Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA). Ian Robinson, chief executive of Croydon Commitment, said: "The reason why we and the CVA felt it was worthy of funding is because it has a vast audience and meets our desire to provide experiences for young people in the borough." The magazine is available in schools and libraries across London and has a print run of 5,000 and an estimated readership of 60,000. It is produced from an office provided in Croydon College by the college authorities.
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