2013 IRMA AwardOur IRMA Magazine of the Year Award
Magazine of the Year
I’m so thrilled to tell you that Missouri Life won Magazine of the year last week at the International Regional Magazine Association conference in Baltimore. Our publisher (and my husband) Greg Wood, Art and Digital Director Sarah Hererra, and I were at the awards ceremony. It was a huge surprise, because this association doesn’t tell people ahead of time whether you've won an award, and in fact, Missouri Life had missed the conference for a variety of reasons the last two years. One of those years we missed because of the arrival of Greg's and my first grandbaby. (We hope for many more!)
At the awards ceremony, we also won seven other awards before they announced Magazine of the Year. The International Regional Magazine Association is an association of US state and other large-region and Canadian regional magazines. Members range from Lake Superior, British Columbia, and Delaware Beach Life to Arizona Highways, New Mexico, and Mississippi magazines, as examples.
I want to offer a great big THANK YOU to all of you who read our magazine, newsletter, web site, and even Facebook posts and tweets. Without you, of course, we’d have no reason to exist. We are grateful to you, that you share your time with us to discover the best of our amazing state.
I also need to shout out and thank all of the wonderful photographers and writers, and of course our advertisers who help pay for our beautiful (other people have said so!) pages. We have lots of fun doing the magazine, and it’s pure delight to work on some of these stories. We’re especially proud of our contributors Sarah Alban (who won for her story revisiting Joplin a year after the tornado, and coincidentally, started with us an intern) and Nic Halverson, who won two awards for his stories on a dirt track racer and on bow fishing. Creative Director Andrew Barton has been with us since 2002, and he gets the credit for two Silver awards, in Overall Art Direction and in Illustration for a stunning piece of art he developed for a historical story on a woman horse thief. And Sarah, who art directs many of our special projects, get a lot of credit for how we look and for the Bronze Award for our companion website. Of course, the magazine wouldn't be possible without the incredible team of editors, sales staff, and circulation staff we’re honored to work with. It really takes all of us to put the magazine out.
Thank you again for reading!
-Danita (Editor in Chief)