Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond earned Best of Show and 11 other awards for writing, layout and general excellence at the North American Mature Publishers Association annual convention in Oak Brook, Ill., on Sept. 25.
Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond magazine, a sister publication to Northeast Ohio Parent, is a lifestyle publication for active people in their 50s, 60s, and 70s. It has a distribution of 35,000 at more than 550 locations throughout Greater Cleveland.
The magazine’s editor is Marie Elium. Laura Chadwick is the art director and designer.
“Just two short years ago we developed Boomer & Beyond for the local market to educate, inspire and entertain readers with the theme of ‘Better Living After 50,’” said Brad Mitchell, Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond publisher and owner of parent company Mitchell Media, LLC. “The early positive response from readers and advertisers helped affirm that we were on the right track. We are thrilled to receive national awards for our magazine and we can’t wait to take it to the next level.”
The School of Journalism of the University of Missouri in Columbia judged the entries submitted by the magazines. Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond competed in the B Division, which represents magazines with a circulation of 25,001-50,000.
For First Place General Excellence, the judges said, “Northeast Ohio Boomer and Beyond offers readers a wide variety of topics, ranging from personality profiles of the 1970s regional musician to glamping and social media how-to tips. It also has a raft of columnists offering both amusement and practical advice – legal, dental, fitness, health, retirement time and money, among others. Kudos also go to a feature about a special friendship between a 25-year-old college student renting a room in a senior citizen housing center and an 81-year-old resident of the center. It’s a touching story.”
The judges’ comments referred to a cover profile of Cleveland rock legend Michael Stanley and a cover story about multi-generational housing at Judson Manor near University Circle.
In addition to Best of Show and General Excellence awards, the magazine earned the following honors:
First Place: Overall Magazine Design
The judges said, “This professionally designed magazine could compete among many national publications. Its typography, use of white space and color palettes and photography combine to present readers with a publication that is beautiful and usable.”
First Place: Profile, Jimmy Malone, by Marie Elium
First Place: Travel Feature, Columbus, by Paris Wolfe
First Place: Briefs/Shorts, writing, Worth Noting section
First Place: Briefs/Shorts, design, Worth Noting section
Second Place: Feature Writing, “Housing for All Ages,” by Marie Elium
Second Place: Column Review, Boom: Pop Culture Chronicles, by Mike Olszewski
Second Place: How-To Feature, “Recess for Grown-Ups,” by Estelle Rodis-Brown
Second Place: Front Cover Photo, Michael Stanley, by Kim Stahnke
Second Place: Special Section, “Faces of Champions” salute to volunteers, by Marie Elium
NAMPA is the non-profit international association for publishers of local/regional senior and boomer publications. Members represent more than 95 publications with a combined circulation of over 4 million in the United States and Canada.
About Mitchell Media LLC
Launched in March 2014, Northeast Ohio Parent is the flagship property of Mitchell Media LLC, which is headquartered in Hudson and is supported by a staff of 15 talented media professionals. In 2015, Mitchell Media’s offerings expanded to include digital products, custom publishing, live events and the launch of a new magazine, Northeast Ohio Boomer & Beyond, geared toward adults ages 50 and older.