Los Angeles, Hour Detroit and Memphis magazines won general excellence awards in their circulation categories in the 24th Annual National City and Regional Magazine Awards competition announced June 1 at CRMA’s annual conference in New Orleans.
Texas Monthly and Los Angeles magazines captured the most awards. Texas Monthly took prizes in reporting (Pamela Colloff), writer of the year (Skip Hollandsworth), excellence in writing, feature design, excellence in design, leisure and lifestyle interests, civic journalism and special issues. In addition to general excellence, Los Angeles won general criticism (Steve Erickson), food and dining writing (Patric Kuh), column (Anne Taylor Fleming), personality profile (Steve Oney) and designer of the year (Joe Kimberling).
This year’s other multiple prize winners included 5280, Boston, Chicago and Cincinnati magazines, each taking home two awards. 5280 won for redesign and photo essay while Boston received honors for cover and its ancillary publication Weddings. Chicago won for multimedia and its community service project The 2008 Green Awards, and Cincinnati garnered awards for spread design and its reader service piece, “Sweating Equity,” a real estate market survival guide. Seven magazines — D, Philadelphia, MPLS. St. Paul, Westchester, Rhode Island Monthly, Memphis and Hour — each won one award.
This year’s prize for reporting, won by Texas Monthly, focused on the 15th anniversary of the standoff and resulting fire that killed David Koresh and the Branch Davidians outside Waco. Philadelphia magazine won for feature story with a piece on the failure to understand the Wyeths, the eccentric, troubled and wildly famous family of artists in Pennsylvania. In personality profile, Los Angeles magazine won for its analysis of Craig Raywood, the savvy and stylish interior designer who conned his way through the city.
More than 85 judges representing publications such as The Atlantic, Esquire, Portfolio, BusinessWeek, Cookie,Sports Illustrated, Fast Company, Better Homes and Gardens, Good Housekeeping, Men’s Journal, Budget Travel,The New York Times, Gourmet, Food & Wine, AARP The Magazine, Bon Appétit, Southern Living, ESPN The Magazine, The Washington Post, Complex, Outdoor Life, The Writer, Fitness and journalism professors from the Missouri School of Journalism selected the finalists.
The competition is open to more than 90 members of CRMA and other city and regional magazines throughout North America that qualify. The contest is a 24-year-old national competition and has been coordinated by the University of Missouri School of Journalism on behalf of CRMA for the past 13 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).
The 2009 winners include: General Excellence III (circulation more than 60,000)
Los Angeles magazine (May, October, November)
General Excellence II (circulation 30,000 to 60,000)
Hour Detroit magazine (January, November, December)
General Excellence I (circulation less than 30,000)
Memphis magazine (March, April, June)
Los Angeles magazine Steve Erickson:
“Way Down in the Hole” (April)
“Best in Show” (May)
“Being There” (July)
Los Angeles magazine Patric Kuh:
“On the Corner” (August)
“From the Source” (September)
“Una Gran Idea” (December)
Los Angeles magazine Anne Taylor Fleming:
“The Queen is Dead” (September)
“Rules of Engagement” (October0
“The Lost Age” (November)
Texas Monthly “The Fire That Time” by Pamela Colloff (April)
Los Angeles magazine “The Talented Mr. Raywood” (November & December) by Steve Oney
Philadelphia magazine “Wyeth’s World” (August) by Matthew Teague