TulsaKids Wins Best Magazine

We recently returned from the annual Parenting Publications of America (PPA) convention in Washington, D.C. I’ve been going to these things for more years than I care to admit. It amazes me how the publications keep growing, evolving and improving. I’m not sure how many publications are members of PPA, which is our professional organization, but I think it’s around 150. Publishers, editors, designers and sales professionals come from as far away as Australia and Canada to attend three days of intense workshops. The event is capped off with an awards dinner, and TulsaKids won big!

We compete in our small circulation category so, for example, we’re not up against Dallas, Seattle, New York City or Chicago. Our competition is Montreal, Little Rock, South Florida, New Orleans and the like. Some of the publications are privately owned and published independently like TulsaKids, and others, including small ones, are owned by local daily newspapers or by companies that publish lots of magazines.

TulsaKids stacks up with the best of them. In fact, this year we won the Gold Award for General Excellence, which means best magazine! In addition, we received 13 other awards, which I’ll list below. TulsaKids has a very small staff and I use local freelance writers almost exclusively. The fact that we win so many awards year after year is a testament to the talent we have here in Tulsa. I greatly appreciate everyone who writes for the magazine, and the staff – Cindy Webb, Abby Rodgers, Caroline Shaw, Hannah Middlebrook, Kathy Thompson, Kayla Baggs and our publisher Chuck Foshee. Judges were from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Here are the winning entries this year. Congratulations!
Front Cover/Glossy: Use of Stock Photo
Gold: Charles Foshee, graphic artist
Column: Reviews
Bronze: Nancy A. Moore, writer
Column: Child Development & Parenting Issues
Gold: “Teens and Tweens,” Claudia Arthrell, writer
Silver: “Birth & Beyond,” Corinne Fiagome, writer
Column: Family Matters
Silver: “Stages: School Age,” Cindy Webb, writer
Silver: “Marion Jones: Tulsa Shock athlete and mom,” Natasha Ball, writer
Gold: “Local Moms Battle Sickle Cell Disease,” Anna Casey, writer
News Feature
Bronze: “When Dating Turns Dangerous,” Jennifer Luitwieler, writer
Investigative Reporting
Gold: “Vaginal Birth After Cesarean,” Holly Wall, writer
Service Feature
Gold: “Good Sports: What You Need to Know About Kids & Sports,” Betty Casey, writer
General Feature Writing
Gold: “Overcoming Anorexia Nervosa”; Kristi Eaton, writer
Web Site Content
Silver Tulsakids.com; Abby Rodgers, web/social media editor
General Excellence
Gold: Charles Foshee, graphic artist and publisher; Betty Casey, editor; Cindy Webb, assistant editor

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Betty Casey has been editor of TulsaKids for over 20 years – her youngest child was 3-years-old when she started working for the magazine. She and her husband Wes have three young adult children. Betty’s blog ranges from writing about current issues or information of interest to local parents, reflecting on her life without kids at home, and posting a few recipes now and then. (Cooking and running are two or her favorite past-times.) Betty is the author/illustrator of three children’s books, "May Finds Her Way," "That is a Hat" and "The Prince of the Prairie" (The RoadRunner Press). She was named Blogger of the Year in 2014 by The Great Plains Journalism Awards, was a finalist in 2015 and won again in 2016. Most recently, she was named the 2017 News Blogger of the Year. She has also won numerous writing awards from the Parenting Media Association.

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