NYMetroParents and Staten Island Parent Receive 9 Awards at Annual Parenting Media Association Conference

On March 1, Parenting Media Association presented NYMetroParents and Staten Island Parent, a division of Davler Media Group, with nine excellence awards at its 2018 Design and Editorial Awards reception, held in St. Petersburg, FL.

Parenting Media Association is a national trade association of regional parenting publications. PMA's annual Editorial and Design Awards Competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography, and design achieved by publishers, editors, writers, and designers at parenting newspapers and magazines throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia.

Professor Ruben Stern of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism coordinated and oversaw the annual contest. A panel of judges reviewed the 566 entries for this year’s competition to choose the winners in each category. All judges drew upon significant professional experience in selecting the winners.

“Entries in this year's contest demonstrate the impressive quality and ongoing commitment among these publications to provide parents across the country with important local resources and to entertain, inform, and build community,” Stern said. “The design and writing have become noticeably more sophisticated.”

NYMetroParents and Staten Island Parent are proud to receive three Gold Awards, three Silver Awards, and three Bronze Awards. Below is the full list of NYMetroParents and Staten Island Parents’ awards, including comments from the judges about why honors were given:

2018 Awards for NYMetroParents

Editorial Honors

Gold Award for Profile
“The Big Top is Back” by Katelin Walling
Judges’ comments: “A wild rollicking adventure full of larger-than-life characters, this profile is a lot like the famous circus it so colorfully depicts. A series of carefully woven profiles provides a compelling, wide ranging account of how a cultural icon is fighting for relevance.”

Sliver Award for Editor’s Note
By Deborah Skolnik
Judges’ comments: “Each column is made up of a series of lively capsules about the main stories in the magazine. Despite limited room word-wise, the author interweaves snippets from her own life, assuring readers that she—and the magazine—understands and connects to them.”

Bronze Award for Travel Feature
“How to Choose the Perfect Family Cruise for Your Crew” by Emma Steven
Judges’ comments: “There are a lot of factors for parents to consider when shopping for a cruise that will work for the entirely family. This article alerts parents to the questions they need to ask and the best cruise lines and destinations for themselves and their children.”

Bronze Award for Personal Essay
“A Blended Family” by Suzi Shelton
Judges’ comments: “This rewarding reflection by a children’s musician looks at how something that seemed heartbreaking—being separated from her child half the time so he could be with his father—grew over time into a richer life for everyone involved: There are more parents, more children and more love. Examples from her life are woven seamlessly throughout the piece.”

Digital Media Honors

Silver Award for Best E-Newsletter
The Weekend Scoop
Judges’ comments: “This whimsical newsletter features six local events in different cities for quick reference, supported by links to other seasonal activities for weekend planning.”

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2018 Awards for Staten Island Parent

Editorial Honors

Gold Award for Column: Family Fun
“Good Sports” by Joe LoVerde
Judges’ comments: “The writer embraces and enhances the sense of community that evolves around sports with short features that celebrate local residents’ competitive accomplishments. His experience as a coach and a veteran sports writer lends his pieces an authentic voice.”

Silver Award for Profile
“Giving Thanks on Veteran’s Day” by Jeannine Cintron
Judges’ comments: “This thoughtful essay by the wife of a U.S. Marine provides a full-throttled tribute to veterans and inspires pride and compassion for all their sacrifice and unsung heroism, at home and on the battlefield.”

Digital Media Honors

Gold Award for Best E-Newsletter
Staten Parent Weekly E-Newsletter
Judges’ comments: “A simple design is supported by a nearly endless supply of events, activities and links to family-friendly directories and other resources.”

Bronze Award for Website General Excellence
Judges’ comments: “Particularly notable is the extensive, often-updated calendar of events, including many that are specific to the borough and don’t require a long trip. Content is carefully curated and up to date.”