crma awards 2010


Texas Monthly, Portland Monthly and Memphis magazines won the coveted general excellence awards in their circulation categories in the 26th Annual National City and Regional Magazine Awards competition announced May 2 at CRMA’s annual conference in Chicago, IL.

Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Texas Monthly magazines were the top winners, each earning five awards. Chicago and Minnesota Monthly magazines also won multiple prizes, each with two awards. Eight other magazines — 417 (Springfield MO), Atlanta, B-Metro (Birmingham, AL), Boston, Cincinnati, Columbus Monthly, Evansville Living and The Washingtonian — won single awards.

Texas Monthly captured the Civic Journalism award for Pamela Colloff’s “Innocence Lost.” The story, about the wrongful conviction of Anthony Graves for the murder of six family members, led to Graves’ release. Texas also won for its 50-page report on how to solve the thorny immigration issue, as well as for Excellence in Writing and Multimedia. Among its prizes, Philadelphia was recognized for “Savior of the City,” Sandy Hingston’s profile of journalist Buzz Bissinger, for a feature story about the metamorphosis of a mob hitman and for Writer of the Year (Robert Huber). Los Angeles’ Steven Banks took home the Designer of the Year award. Los Angeles was also honored for Criticism, Columns, Excellence in Design and E-Newsletter. The Reporting award went to Atlanta magazine for its story on assisted suicide, and Chicago took home the prize for Excellence Online.

Two small-market magazines – 417 (Springfield, MO) and B-Metro (Birmingham, AL) were first-time winners. 417 was recognized in the leisure lifestyle category for its "Asian Food Lovers' Guide" and B-Metro magazine in photography for “The Mythic Backyard,” Liesa Cole’s images that explore childlike exploration and wonder.

More than 85 judges representing publications such as Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The American Prospect, Sports Illustrated, Good Housekeeping, Fitness, Taste of Home, Budget Travel, Men’s Health, The New York Times, Bon Appétit, ESPN The Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Whole Living Magazine, Outdoor Life, Country Gardens, and USA Weekend, and journalism professors from the Missouri School of Journalism selected the finalists.

The competition is open to members of CRMA and other city and regional magazines throughout North America that qualify. The contest is a 26-year-old national competition and has been coordinated by the University of Missouri School of Journalism on behalf of CRMA for the past 15 years.

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, 1970 East Grand Ave., Suite 330, El Segundo, CA 90245 (310-364-0193).