The Missouri School of Journalism
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March 4, 2016

Download and print Press Release and list of Finalists

2016 National City and Regional Magazine Awards Finalists 

Magazine professionals from around the country chose 170 finalists representing 31 publications in the 31-year-old City and Regional Magazine Association’s national awards competition. Magazines of varying circulations competed in 34 categories, including editorial, design, online, multiplatform storytelling and general excellence. Judges named five finalists in each category and will soon choose one ultimate winner in each. The winners for work completed in 2015 will be announced at the CRMA’s 40th Annual Conference to take place May 21-23, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt Denver in Denver, Colorado.

Topping the list with double-digit nominations were Boston Magazine, Chicago Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Philadelphia Magazine, Portland Monthly, St. Louis Magazine and Texas Monthly. Magazines with five or more nominations include 5280 (Denver), Atlanta Magazine, Cincinnati Magazine, D Magazine, MPLS. St. Paul Magazine, Seattle Met and Washingtonian.

Baltimore Magazine and Honolulu Magazine each received four nominations, while Cleveland Magazine, Milwaukee Magazine and Yankee Magazine received three each. Seven magazines received two nominations: Austin Monthly, Houstonia Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Louisville Magazine, Madison Magazine, Memphis Magazine and Sonoma Magazine. 417 Magazine, Pittsburgh Magazine, Rhode Island Monthly Magazine, Sactown Magazine and Westchester Magazine received one nomination.

This year’s editorial nominees covered topics such as:

  • A police department’s excessive use of force and the trial of a war-veteran-turned-cop
  • A promising chef who met his demise as a bank robber 
  • A Rwandan war criminal living secretly in the U.S.
  • A drug investigation that exposed corruption in the heart of one border town
  • A town grappling with issues of race and justice a year after the shooting of Michael Brown
  • The struggles of a charter school in a failing public school district
  • Two men who persevered for a first in the world of rock climbing

Other contenders focused on changing labor laws for adults with developmental disabilities, a viral social media post that turned one mom into a celebrity, and a state grappling with record drought.

More than 100 judges selected the finalists. They included representatives from publications such as AARP the Magazine, Advertising Age, Better Homes and Gardens, Cosmo, Country Gardens, Discover Magazine, Eater, ELLE, Entertainment Weekly, ESPN The Magazine, Esquire, EveryDay with Rachel Ray, Fast Company,, Food Network Magazine, Harvard Business Review, HGTV Magazine, Houston Press, Marie Claire, Men’s Health, Midwest Living, National Geographic, O, the Oprah Magazine, Oxford American, OUT, Outdoor Life, Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, Runner’s World, Scientific American, Saveur, Southern Living, Sports Illustrated, The New Republic, Town & Country, Village Voice Media and the Washington Post, as well as journalism professors from the Missouri School of Journalism.

The competition is open to members of CRMA and other city and regional magazines throughout North America that qualify. The national competition has been in existence for 31 years and has been coordinated by the University of Missouri School of Journalism on behalf of CRMA for the past 20 years.

Review the Press Release and full list of Finalists.

For more information, contact Contest Coordinator Kimberly Townlain, University of Missouri, 320 Lee Hills Hall, Columbia, MO 65211 (573-884-1869) or CRMA Executive Director C. James Dowden, 2512 Artesia Blvd, Suite 200, Redondo Beach, CA 90278