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Mar 22, 201101:51 PMEditor's Blog

TulsaKids Wins Best Magazine

Mar 22, 2011 - 01:51 PM
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
Profile
Silver: “Marion Jones: Tulsa Shock athlete and mom,” Natasha Ball, writer
Interview
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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Our editor-in-chief, Betty started working for TulsaKids when her youngest child was 3 years old. That daughter will be starting graduate school in the fall. Her son is now 27 and her middle daughter is 24. TulsaKids and her children literally grew up together (and she lived to tell about it)! Betty is an avid runner, cook (loves to eat) and coffee snob. She is an award-winning writer and most recently was honored with a Great Plains Journalism Award as Best Blogger of 2013. Last year, she wrote and illustrated her first children’s book, “May Finds Her Way” (2013 The RoadRunner Press). Watch for her every Tuesday on KTUL Channel 8’s Good Morning Oklahoma and Thursdays on KTUL’s Good Day Tulsa.

She enjoys getting reader feedback on articles, blogs or with suggestions for the magazine. Email her at editor@tulsakids.com

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