Washington FAMILY Wins General Excellence, 8 Other PMA Awards

February 2022 Washington FAMILY

Mid-Atlantic Media publication Washington FAMILY won a total of nine awards in the Parenting Media Association Design and Editorial Awards Program, including a top honor of General Excellence.

The awards recognize excellence in family publications across the U.S. in 2022. Publications are awarded gold, silver and bronze awards in two categories: small or large publications.

Washington FAMILY was recognized in the small publication category.

The PMA recognized staff for the overall quality of content provided in Washington FAMILY with a top honor—a gold award for General Excellence.

“This publication offers a lot for parents navigating the ever-changing world,” judges note. “From military moms to healthy activities to diagnosing autism, the magazine deftly tackles important topics and adds vital perspective, while also addressing resource information such as summer camps and birthday parties. The design is smartly organized and visual, and the covers are topical and vibrant.”

Individually, staff and contributors to the magazine also won in several categories.

Contributor Barbara Noe Kennedy’s extra description and fresh look at traditional categories earned her a gold award in Column: Family Fun.

The PMA awarded gold to contributor Megan Conway in Q&A Interview for her piece, “Ready or Not: Parenting in the Modern Age” for its relevance to parenting during a pandemic and use of an expert source for “actionable advice for busy parents who don’t have the time to read an entire book on the topic,” judges write.

Staff designer Jay Sevidal received two silver awards, one for Front Cover Use of Stock Photo in February 2022 and one for the Single-Page Design, “Make a Leprechaun Handprint.”

“The combination of headline, shamrocks and photo of the children holding the finished project effectively pulls the reader into the page,” judges note.

Finally, the magazine earned four bronze awards.

Contributor Katie Schubert won bronze in Personal Essay for “It Takes a Village,” a story from the perspective of a Navy wife who moved thousands of miles from home while pregnant.

In Non-Traditional Story Form, contributors Jan Pierce and Orrin Konheim won bronze for

“The 10 Commandments of Back to School,” imparting wisdom from 50 years of teaching experience into a helpful list of 10 suggestions.

“The writing uses a commanding yet supportive tone to remind parents of the key role they can play in the process,” judges note.

Contributor Laura Farmer’s “Finding Their Rhythm” earned a bronze award in Service Feature for its useful information that is smartly organized and well reported.

Design staff collectively won a bronze in Overall Design.

“The feature designs are creative with a true sense of commitment to the content and story. The department page designs are logical and functional and deliver a significant amount of content. From front to back and side to side the overall visual experience is a wonderful ride,” judges write.

Congratulations to the winners. To read more of 2022 family content, visit our digital archive at http://digital.washingtonfamily.com/issues/library/

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