Bay State Parent magazine was named best parenting publication in North America by Suburban Newspaper of America (www.suburban-news.org)
This is the third time the magazine has earned this honor -- 2007, 2006, & 2004.
Submitted into the editorial contest was the March 2007 issue, which featured a special report on childhood obesity, a report on the state of breastfeeding in Massachusetts, and the magazine's 7th Annual Baby Guide.
The judges wrote: "Good job in covering parenting issues that are current."
Writers who contributed to the issue included: Kerri Augusto, Amy Benoit, Robin Burke, Rosemary Cafasso, Lindsay Crone, Marta Kowalczyk, Jennifer Lefferts, Sue Lovejoy, Jane Mackay, Maria Marien, Marguerite Paolino, Susan Scully Petroni, Dr. Robyn Silverman, & calendar editor Carrie Wattu.
The magazine also earned second place nationally for best special section for the 4th Annual Adoption Guide (November 2006).
In this category, the magazine competed with weekly and daily newspapers with a circulation of more than 35,000.
Writers for the guide included: Marguerite Paolino, Sarah MacDonald, Amy Rodgers-Dryfoos, Peter Gibbs, and Barbara Ford.
Some of the judges comments included: "Excellent variety of issues and features, including a rare look in sections like this of a controversial issue Page 52. Well done and valuable section."
(By the way, I NEED to thank the Adoption Community of New England for its help in identifying some of the topics for this adoption guide. )
The American Press Institute judged the entries for the SNA editorial contest.
SNA is a newspaper organization representing more than 2,000 publication in North America.
Publisher Gareth Charter will accept the awards at the SNA Spring Publisher's Conference in February.
(Added API judges comments on 2/6/08)