The twenty-seventh anniversary of celebrating the best of City and Regional Magazines
NATIONAL CITY AND REGIONAL MAGAZINE 2012 AWARD WINNERS
Texas Monthly, D Magazine (Dallas) and Honolulu won the coveted general excellence awards in their circulation categories in the 27th Annual National City and Regional Magazine Awards competition announced May 21 at CRMA’s conference in Las Vegas.
Texas Monthly was the top winner and claimed seven awards. Atlanta was not far behind with four prizes. Chicago, D Magazine, Philadelphia and Washingtonian also picked up multiple prizes with two awards each. Twelve other magazines — 5280 (Denver), Baltimore, Cleveland, Honolulu, Los Angeles, Main Line Today, Memphis, Milwaukee Magazine, MPLS St. Paul, Orange Coast, Pittsburgh and Yankee — won single awards.
Texas Monthly’s “Home Plates” feature, which highlighted the Lone Star State’s best dishes, received acclaim from a number of judges and played a large role in helping the magazine capture the Feature Design, Excellence in Design and Food or Dining Feature Package awards. Atlanta proved it has an abundance of talent by claiming both the Writer of the Year (Justin Heckert) and Designer of the Year (Eric Capossela) prizes. Washingtonian’s profile piece about a gifted yet perplexing writer earned it the distinction of best Personality Profile. The reporting and writing in Cleveland also impressed judges, and the magazine knocked out a group of large-market publications to claim the Civic Journalism award for its piece about a small town’s less-than-noble attempt to keep its traffic court. Philadelphia’s engaging visuals and smart typography earned it the Cover Excellence award, and another Pennsylvania-based publication, Main Line Today, showed its might by claiming the very competitive and much coveted Photography prize for David Sacks’ portraits of people from all over the world.
Three magazines took top awards for the first time in more than a decade. These winners included Cleveland; Orange Coast, which won the Column award for Laura Saari’s work; and Pittsburgh, which captured the award for Blog Column.
More than 85 judges selected the winners and finalists in this year’s competition. The judging list included editors and designers from publications such as The Atlantic, Better Homes and Gardens, Esquire, Food Network Magazine, GOOD, Men’s Health, National Geographic, New York, Outdoor Life, Rolling Stone, Taste of Home, Village Voice, the Washington Post, Whole Living and Women’s Health as well as professors from the Missouri School of Journalism and several other schools.
The competition is open to members of CRMA and other city and regional magazines throughout North America that qualify. The contest is a 27-year-old national competition and has been coordinated by the University of Missouri School of Journalism on behalf of CRMA for 16 years.
Contacts: Contest Coordinator Kimberly Townlain, University of Missouri, 320 Lee Hills Hall, Columbia, MO 65211 (573-884-1869) or CRMA Executive Director C. James Dowden, 1970 East Grand Ave., Suite 330, El Segundo, CA 90245 (310-364-0193).