We’re gold, again

Editorial - April 2006

We’re gold, again. For the second consecutive year, Chicago Parent was named the nation’s top regional parenting magazine.

The award, judged by the University of Missouri School of Journalism, comes from the Parenting Publications of America.

That means not only do readers love our stories, our colleagues respect our work. That’s a good feeling.

"Wow! Solid journalism sets Chicago Parent apart," the judges wrote in giving the magazine 17 awards for overall reporting, investigative reporting, design and photography—just take a look at that great cover to your right by our own Josh Hawkins.

Chicago Parent, the judges wrote, "combines can’t-find-elsewhere articles with strong parenting advice" and its "strong visuals and bright editing complete a total package that’s a treat for Chicago-area families."

Positive reinforcement is crucial.

And this is all positive.

Our Healthy Finances columnist Susan Beacham was given the gold for being "refreshing and practical" with an authoritative tone.

Our newly redesigned Chicago Baby also won gold as the top ancillary publication for its "dynamic cover design," "insightful writing," and "top-notch service journalism."

Chicago Parent Going Places, which is now published quarterly, was honored for its "sheer volume" of information and its "vivid cover design."

We are part of an impressive media company, Wednesday Journal Inc. It’s not huge, but it has a rather large bottom line mission: Good journalism is good business.

Simply put, we believe our readers have the most important job in the world—parenting. And we believe they deserve the best. So, we try to be the definitive source for local and national parenting news.

It’s not easy. But then, what is? It’s just nice to have our hard work recognized by our colleagues for a job well done. Thanks.

Goodbye is not easy

It may sound cliché, but it’s true: Our team here feels more like a funky little family than a staff. So, when someone leaves us, it’s not easy—even if it is a great opportunity that he can’t pass up and, OK, yes, we are happy for him.

Congratulations to our man, Mike Phillips, who started here as the assistant to the editor and became the founding editor of Chicago Parent E-news Update, our weekly newsletter of news and entertainment. (Mike would want you to sign up for it at www.chicagoparent.com.)

Mike takes over as managing editor of Website Services Magazine, a start-up magazine for any business that has a Web site.

While we will never be able to replace Mike, we do need to fill his job. This is an entry-level job but it is a hands-on experience where you will learn all about magazine production without moving to New York. If you’re interested, send me a note at sschultz@chicagoparent.com.

We also say good-bye to a talented and lovely designer, Katie Reinecke, who spent countless hours cutting out book characters for her always adorable Kid Culture pages.

Neither Katie nor Mike have been here long, but they will long be in our thoughts as we send them out from our family into the other work world with our wishes for great success.

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