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MetroFamily earns 11 Parenting Media Association awards

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MetroFamily Magazine was honored with 11 editorial and design awards at the national Parenting Media Association conference and awards banquet in February 2020. Content from regional family publications is reviewed and judged by a panel from the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.

We’re incredibly proud of the staff members and freelancers who help make MetroFamily Magazine an award-winning publication.

Gold Awards

Family Fun: Unique Accommodations in Oklahoma and Lawton Long Weekend in the Exploring Oklahoma with Children series
Lindsay Cuomo and Debbie Murnan, respectively 
Judges’ comments:
The articles are about as inviting as you can get. “Unique Accommodations” shares several very interesting alternatives to malls, theme parks and cityscapes, from tree houses to covered wagons to a floating “villa.” Another package features unique curiosities, iconic eats and a wildlife refuge.

Best Blog
Contributing writers: Emily Buckingham, Callie Collins (multiple), Lindsay Cuomo (multiple), Cole Dewey, Lexie Gilmartin, Kirsten Holder, Simi John, Ashley Massegee, Erin Page (multiple), Madi Pontikes, Brandon Smith, Amanda Watson
Judges’ comments: The strength of the blog is the authorship – staff and readers – who combine to provide varied and intriguing content each week. The coverage includes everything from how to hold a home birthday party to creative help for tired mothers. The unpredictable nature of the column adds to the attraction, and the work connects because of the staff and community authorship.

Best Use of Social Media
Judges’ comments: It’s one thing to post to social media, it’s another to elicit a response from the audience. With regular posts, on everything from birthday parties to resources for students struggling with dyslexia, MetroFamily’s social media presence maintains a constant focus on the user. It’s not unusual for this publication to get more than 5,000 impressions on a single Facebook post, with dozens of comments and shares, demonstrating the utility and value followers see in the content.

Silver Awards

Non-Traditional Story Form: “7 OKC Streetcar Stops for Families”
Writer: Hannah Schmitt
Designer: Stacy Noakes
Judges’ comments: This excellent resource provides a helpful plan for family outings via a new streetcar line. Information is smartly organized around map graphics to help parents find the most interesting stops along the way.

Interior Illustration: “Oklahoma’s Top Roadside Oddities”
Illustrator: Greg White
Designer: Stacy Noakes
Writer: Lindsay Cuomo
Editor: Hannah Schmitt
Judges’ comments: These loosely rendered images of notable landmarks give a comfortable sense of each place while making the multi-page story layout feel united and cohesive. The illustrations are well-integrated into the layout.

Special Series: “Reentry Reality” 
ReRe Lunsford
Judges’ comments: Moms looking to jump-start their careers after taking time off to stay at home with the kids should really have a look at this double-dip interview with women who successfully made the change. One golden tip: Recognize that there’s no gap in your resume. The skills you develop as a parent translate well to the workplace.

Profile: “Gus and Joseph”
Writer: Erin Page
Judges’ comments: This well-written profile looks at the bond that emerged between an autistic boy and a rescue dog. The dog created a calming influence on the child, and over time began to take a larger role to help the child through seizures and anxiety attacks. This is a story that parents can share with their children to prompt a discussion on the role of pets in family life.

Bronze Awards

Personal Essay: “Miracle in the Making: Tabbi Burwell’s Journey through Infertility”
Writer: Tabbi Burwell
Judges’ comments: Cancer survivor Tabbi Burwell relates her heartbreaking story of undergoing failed infertility treatments. She and her husband decide to adopt, only to discover that she’s pregnant. She shares her rollercoaster tale with clarity, optimism and advice for others.

Service Feature: “Fighting for Hope: The realities of human trafficking and how parents can protect their kids”
Writer: Erin Page
Judges’ comments: Strong reporting highlights local residents’ efforts to fight human trafficking while helping parents be proactive in keeping their children safe. The sourcing is outstanding.

Front Cover Illustration: “Christmas Magic”
Designer: Stacy Noakes
Editor: Hannah Schmitt
Judges’ comments: The pair of ice skating bears effectively invite the reader to experience a happy winter moment. Interesting painterly textures and a soft color palette create a pleasing visual atmosphere.

Website General Excellence
Judges’ comments: This site feels fresh and current with content that is well-organized and clearly labeled – making it a rich go-to reference for Oklahoma City parents. It is packed with resources as well as useful collections such as “50 Things to Do under $5” and age-specific suggestions.

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