Hauling in a Little Hardware

August 20, 2010 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

We’ve been so swamped this summer that I haven’t had a chance to share the news that the magazine has won some more awards. Heck, I haven’t even had a chance to tell the magazine staff—or the boss—about some of these. Anyway, here’s the scoop:

—We won the Public Relations Society of America‘s “Bronze Anvil” award as the top magazine in the country. (Why it’s called the Bronze Anvil when it’s for first place, not third, has always been a mystery to me.) I have to say that we’re always a little ambivalent about winning an award for public relations efforts, because we don’t think of The Penn Stater as being a stereotypically PR-oriented magazine, full of happy talk about how great everything is at Dear Old State. But we’d like to believe that our track record in the PRSA awards competition—this is the fourth time we’ve won the top award—proves that you can report fairly forthrightly on both the good news and the bad and still foster a good relationship between alumni and their alma mater.

—Our March-April 2009 cover story on the women’s volleyball team won two Distinguished Achievement Awards from the Association of Educational Publishers, called EdPress for short. It won for both cover design and the design of the story itself.

—We were a finalist for two other EdPress awards: Whole-Publication Design and Periodical of the Year.

—EdPress also has a separate, even more elite, competition called the Golden Lamp Award. We were one of four finalists for the Golden Lamp Award in the Periodicals Category. And we were in some especially good company there: The other finalists were National Geographic Little Kids, Teaching Tolerance Magazine (from the Southern Poverty Law Center), and Ranger Rick Magazine. The National Geographic entry ended up winning, and I sure don’t mind losing out to a publication of that quality and prestige!

—The Council for Advancement and Support of Education, or CASE, is our major professional organization, and in their annual awards competition we earned a silver medal for Vicki Glembocki’s story from Sept-Oct 2009, called “Who Killed Betsy Aardsma?” You can download a PDF of that article here.

—Finally, we’re also a member of an organization called Association Media and Publishing, and this year we won their gold medal for magazines with a circulation of 100,000 or more. (We beat out Scouting magazine from the Boy Scouts of America.) We also won the silver in magazine design, with gold medals going to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s Sport Aviation and Trout Unlimited’s Trout Magazine—here again, just to give you an idea of the company we’re keeping. And Vicki’s article on Betsy Aardsma won a silver in this competition as well.

All of these are in addition to some other awards we learned about back in March. You can read about those here.

Tina Hay, editor

P.S. Look for our new Sept-Oct 2010 issue sometime next week or after, depending on where you live. It should start shipping from the printer this weekend.

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