Chicago Parent brought home nine awards from this weekend's
Parenting Media Association Design and Editorial Competition in
Atlanta, including silver for General Excellence for ChicagoParent.com
and Chicago Special Parent.
The judges wrote that ChicagoParent.com "does an outstanding job
of delivering distinctly local content while taking advantage of
online delivery methods, including photo slideshows. Features are
timely and the site is clearly updated on a daily basis, ensuring
returning visitors a treat every day. The site's design allows for
an easy flow from content to content, keeping visitors engaged for
a longer period of time. And, Chicago Parent makes good use of user
generated content, urging active participation and commenting among
readers. The site's directory information is useful, but the 'CP
Pick' endorsement is an especially nice touch because it helps
harried parents make swift decisions."
Among the nine awards were three Gold awards for overall design
of Chicago Parent, overall writing for Chicago Special Parent and
for cover illustration and six Silver awards.
"It is truly gratifying when Chicago Parent has a strong showing
in this annual awards competition, which includes magazines across
the nation and internationally," says Editor Tamara L.
O'Shaughnessy. "From design to writing to web, the judges
recognized the effort our Chicago Parent team puts into providing
the best magazines and website for today's busy parents."
The awards and judges' comments are as follows:
design. "Photos and illustrations are used throughout this
publication to contribute to the lively storytelling. There is
attention paid to the visuals throughout, from feature
illustrations to small details. The result is a product that feels
credible, well cared for and interesting."
Gold, front cover
illustration, Tom Deja, February 2012 sex issue. "This
illustration pulls viewers in with a provocative dominant visual
while the child in the background provides a humorous counterpoint
that communicates the central tension of the story. The
illustration is well executed with appealing shapes, line work and
Gold, ancillary overall
writing, Chicago Special Parent. "With its strong focus on
local families and local resources, this publication provides an
important service to its readers. The mix of first-person accounts
and superbly reported stories keeps a reader's attention and subtly
reassures parents they are not alone in whatever challenges and
joys they face."
Silver, ancillary feature,
"Love, Marriage and Special Needs," Robyn Monaghan, Chicago Special
Parent. "Raising a child with special needs can raise the
stress level of parent exponentially when compared to the "normal"
challenges of raising a child. The focus is understandably on the
child, but often at the expense of the parents. This no-nonsense
look at real-life examples is an affirming examination of how to
re-focus efforts and bring balance to the family dynamic."
Silver, ancillary overall
design, Holiday Going Places. "It starts with a beautiful
table of contents. Each section then begins with a full-page,
dramatic photograph. There is a good balance between cutout
photographs, illustrations, portrait and documentary photographs.
This is a magazine full of information in an organized
Silver, humor column,
Christopher Garlington. "A lively, timely take on the
events that can make parenting so funny. Great writing with a real
sense of spunk."
Silver, interview, "The
State of the City," Caitlin Murray Giles. "Chicago Parent
assembled a group of 12 kids ages 7-14 from the city and the 'burbs
to riff on their hometown. This was a clever, compelling idea that
turned into revelatory, funny, touching interviews."
Chicago Parent was a finalist in six other award categories,
including news feature, profile, special series, overall writing,
ancillary cover and nutrition column.
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