Forgive my excitement, but we ink-stained wretches at Seattle Met who labor mightily to deliver a magazine and a website that capture the beating heart of the city have reason to feel proud. May is awards season in the magazine world, and this year we earned some stunning recognition. We were finalists in seven categories for the City and Regional Magazine Association’s awards (a record for us) and took home 11 first place awards (and nine others) from the Northwest Society of Professional Journalists. As such, I am beyond blessed to work with a staff and colleagues who do such high-quality work day in and day out, and to earn recognition from peers who validate our hard work and accomplishments. Best of all, the awards cover the gamut of our work: writing, reporting, design, web, social media, and all of it combined. If you ever need proof that what we do is a collaborative endeavor, and that we excel in print and digital publishing, it’s this: Seattle Met was a finalist for General Excellence at the CRMA awards and won second place in the SPJ awards. Seattlemet.com took first place for Best Web Design at SPJ and was named a CRMA finalist for Excellence Online.

A few more highlights: 

Arts editor Laura Dannen masterminded an inventive team effort for the December 2012 issue that created holiday itineraries accompanied by original videos starring local standup comic Emmett Montgomery, and earned first place in CRMA’s Multiplatform Storytelling category

Senior editor James Ross Gardner continues to rank with some of the finest magazine writers in the country. His brave and moving story that examines bullying was a finalist in CRMA’s feature writing category and won first place in Social Issues Reporting from SPJ. His story about how the chimp sanctuary escaped the devastating Cle Elum fire won first from SPJ for General Reporting, and his profile of controversial defense attorney John Henry Browne won first for Personality profile from SPJ

Our travel editor, Allison Williams, swept SPJ’s Travel Reporting category. First place: Road Trips. Second place: 2012 Travel Awards. Third place: Mount Rainier. In other words, no one can compete with her increasing knowledge of the Northwest and her thorough, clever, and surprising approach to travel service pieces, as well as her partnership with designers on how to present the material

Senior writer Kathryn Robinson placed as a finalist for CRMA’s column category and she won first place for Magazine Departments at SPJ for her Back Fence essays that appear in every issue. Kathryn’s examination of lessons learned after her mother’s death, things gay marriage can teach us, and a parent’s agonizing over school choice for her child strike chords that connect to our lives in Seattle and resonate deeply on many levels for readers. 

But enough about last year. Let’s look ahead to the summer blockbuster you hold in your hands. It’s been four years since we made a list of the city’s best burgers, and oh my, let me warn you: We went a little meat crazy this time and added hot dogs and barbecue—and French fries! And wine and beer! There’s also a rip-and-save calendar of outdoor concerts and movies and a primer for the mayoral primary on August 6. It’s going to be a great summer.

 

Published: July 2013

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