Carolina Parent Wins 10 Parenting Media Association Awards During 2019 Recognition Ceremony

Accolades include three General Excellence honors


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The Parenting Media Association announced the winners on Friday, March 1, of its 2019 editorial and design competition at a banquet held in St. Petersburg, Florida. 

PMA, a nonprofit representing the family media market since 1988, received 566 entries for magazine issues and digital products. Professor Reuben Stern of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism oversaw the judging. The Overall General Excellence winners were Carolina Parent, PDX Parents, ParentingNH, SW Florida Parent & Child, Cincinnati Parent, Chesapeake Family Life, Metro Parent, Dallas Child and Chicago Parent.

"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 says. "The design and writing have become noticeably more sophisticated."

Carolina Parent took home 10 PMA awards for the 25,001-44,999 circulation group this year, including three General Excellence awards, the highest awards offered: 

  1. GOLD - Ancillary General Excellence for 2018-19 Education Guide
  2. SILVER - Website General Excellence (for best website
  3. BRONZE - General Excellence (for best print magazine)
  4. GOLD - Cover Lines (for February and August 2018 covers)
  5. GOLD - Best Use of Social Media: "#cpturns30 Social Media Campaign"
  6. GOLD - Personal Essay: "It's Your Loss, Too" by Elliot Acosta
  7. GOLD - Nontraditional Story Form: "30 Ways Parenting Has Changed Since 1988" by the Carolina Parent staff
  8. BRONZE - Calendar of Events
  9. BRONZE - Service Feature: "Make Memories, Not Messes" by Mandy Howard
  10. BRONZE - General Feature Writing: "The Zero Waste Challenge" by Mick Schulte

Below are the awards Carolina Parent won,
along with the judges' explanations for each award.

Judges' Comments

GOLD - Ancillary General Excellence for Carolina Parent's 2018-19 Education Guide

"There is an impressive volume of information in here, and it approaches the topic of education in a number of ways, including colleges, technical training, and scholarships. The contents are clearly useful to a wide readership."


SILVER - Website General Excellence

"This site does a particularly great job of providing guides and evergreen content that bring readers back to the website repeatedly, although the content appears to be updated continuously."


BRONZE - General Excellence (for print issue)

"This publication is notable for story ideas that are bold, contemporary, thoughtful and satisfying. To suit a wide interest, the staff delivers a wealth of content across multiple age groups, from preschool to college. Many features take a practical, no-nonsense approach, with structured lists and tips about everything from parental controls on video games to raising self-driven kids. Other stories, such as one about miscarriage from a father’s perspective, adopt a more appropriate, serious tone."


GOLD - Coverlines

"With a focus on strong reader-service stories, such as superhero school supplies or managing middle school tweens, these clever cover lines engage readers and help build anticipation for the subject matter. The writing displays a winning combination of creativity and active descriptions."


GOLD - Personal Essay for "It's Your Loss, Too" by Elliot Acosta

"This account from a father’s perspective does not diminish the emotional and physical toll a miscarriage takes on the mother, but it also draws in the father and his experiences with trauma, grief and loss. The piece is rich in moments from the author’s own story and is particularly strong for the sense of honesty that comes through.  "


GOLD - Nontraditional Story Form for "30 Ways Parenting Has Changed Since 1988" by the Carolina Parent staff

"This compilation of observations from readers provides a fun conversation starter along with an excellent example of harnessing the collective wisdom of the community. The inclusion of observations from staff members — along with historic portraits of them — provides a fun touch that forges additional connection between the publication and its audience."


GOLD - Best Use of Social Media for "#cpturns30 Social Media Campaign"

"A 30th birthday is something to celebrate, and the staff skillfully kept the party going, celebrating all September long through the #cpturns30 social media campaign. The creative use of hashtags on Facebook and Twitter effectively alerted followers to posts featuring giveaways, commemorations and special coverage."

 

 

 


BRONZE - Calendar of Events

"Using pull-out themes, such as Performances or Festivals makes this calendar very friendly for advance planning. It’s an entertaining read even for people who don’t end up going to the things listed."


BRONZE - Service Feature for "Make Memories, Not Messes" by Mandy Howard

"A combination of humor and helpful suggestions make this feature a winning story about managing digital photo files. Human-interest elements bring readers into the subject matter while a list of resources provides direction so families can dig out from their own unorganized photo files to preserve memories for years to come."


BRONZE - General Feature Writing for "The Zero Waste Challenge" by Mick Schulte

"In a world threatened by global warming and plastic oceans comes a timely account of a large family’s quest to go trash-free. Honestly told by a newbie and busy mom, the story offers real human perspective on the process of gaining awareness and the motivation to heal the Earth. The list of simple ways to start is easy to read and inspiring."



 


Last year, Carolina Parent won two golds, two silvers and a bronze in the 2018 PMA Awards, and the year before the magazine received one gold and two silvers

Learn more about PMA, its awards and its member magazines.

 

 
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December 2019

Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: 24.00

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: 24.00

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
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Create artwork inspired by the Christmas tree. Ages 6-10. Register online. Choose course #126771.

Cost: $31/resident, $40/nonresident

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Embark on a wild ride with favorite Disney characters Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and many others in this fun-filled getaway featuring unexpected hijinks and character interaction. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Geocaching is a treasure hunt where participants use GPS coordinates to track down hidden "caches." We will learn how to use traditional GPS units and the Geocaching App (by Groundspeak), then hike...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Holiday Gift Making for Friends They're back! Come learn how to sew the perfect sized scrunchie - an excellent holiday gift for friends. Choose from a variety of fabrics, colors, and...

Cost: $5.00

Where:
The Studio School of Durham
1201 W Woodcroft Pkwy
Durham, NC  27713
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Sponsor: The Studio School of Durham
Telephone: 984-377-4502
Contact Name: Danielle Sunde
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Favorite Christmas songs are presented in authentic Nashville country style with dazzling guitars and fiddles along with soaring harmonies. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $25/person

Where:
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
405 S. Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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The ensemble performs favorite holiday tunes as well as the soundtrack to "The Snowman" as it is shown on a large screen. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Website »

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Embark on a wild ride with favorite Disney characters Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and many others in this fun-filled getaway featuring unexpected hijinks and character interaction. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

More information

Favorite Christmas songs are presented in authentic Nashville country style with dazzling guitars and fiddles along with soaring harmonies. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $25/person

Where:
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
405 S. Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Ages 15 and older enjoy a night of dancing, refreshments, a winter wonderland photo booth and more. 

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Winter is a great time to explore nature at the park! Join a naturalist to learn how to identify tracks, explore conifers, and drink pine needle tea. Then observe snow and ice through hands-on...

Cost: For all ages; FREE. Registration is required for everyone

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
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Telephone: 919-662-2850

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Family members join teams to shoot foul shots for a chance to win a holiday ham. See website for age divisions and times. No registration necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Apex Community Center
73 Hunter St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-249-3402
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Ages 11 and older with special needs enjoy a showing of "Home Alone." Register online. Choose course #128732.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
The Cary Theater
122 E. Chatham St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Please join Admissions, Division Directors and our Head of School as they talk about Duke School’s unique program, specifically for students entering 5th-8th grade for the 2020-21 school year....

Cost: $0

Where:
Duke School
3716 Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Duke School
Telephone: 919-416-9420
Contact Name: Logan Blaylock

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See Happy Dan perform magic, comedy and more.

Cost: $5/person

Where:
Renaissance Centre
405 Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Assist with our habitat box monitoring. Tasks will vary depending on what needs attention and may include: cleaning or repairing habitat boxes or installing new ones, monitoring our current boxes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Enjoy a family-friendly movie and a slice or two of pizza. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $5/person. $2 for ages 2 and younger

Where:
The Halle Cultural Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online. Choose course #127199.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Bring your kids to the park for a day of crafting and nature while you take advantage of a few more hours of holiday shopping.  The crafts your child creates will make great keepsakes or gifts for...

Cost: $16 per child

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Ages 11-17 create old-fashioned taffy and hard candy using ingredients like caramel, marshmallow and chocolate. Register online. Choose course #127044.

Cost: $18/resident, $23/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC
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Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Register online. 

Cost: $15/resident, $19/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Register online. 

Cost: $15/resident, $19/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Traditional dance caller Connie Carringer teaches fun dances for the whole family: squares, circles, Appalachian and more accompanied by old-time, string band music performed by local musicians. No...

Cost: $2/person or $5/family

Where:
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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No Christmas season is complete without your family experiencing The Raleigh Boychoir’s shining “Carols of Christmas.” This year we are excited to invite community members to sing...

Cost: $10 Students, $15 Seniors, $20 Adults.

Where:
Edenton Street United Methodist
228 W Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Raleigh Boychoir
Telephone: (919)881-9259
Contact Name: Erin O'Hara
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Give rugby a try. Take part in tag rugby pick-up games every Saturday morning at Baileywick Road Park, near the Second Shelter.  No experience necessary. All ages. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Baileywick Road Park
9501 Baileywick Rd
Second Shelter Field
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Raleigh Redhawks Rugby
Contact Name: denise travis
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Ages 5 and older move through yoga poses set to holiday music, decorate a special treat and drink hot chocolate. Registration required online. Choose course #127393. 

Cost: $19/child

Where:
Middle Creek Community Center
125 Middle Creek Ave.
Apex, NC  27539
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Ages 4-12 enjoy free arts and crafts. Registration not required. Children must have adult accompaniment. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Website »

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One ticket admits the entire family to decorate a special gingerbread house. Supplies provided. Workshops available at 2 p.m. Allergy-free workshop available at 11 a.m. Registration required...

Cost: $40

Where:
Family Preschool
4907 Garrett Rd
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Family Preschool
Telephone: 919-402-1500
Contact Name: Sue Henson
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Harris Lake will welcome a special holiday visitor this December! Santa will take time out of his busy schedule to join us for a cup of hot cocoa and a ride on our wagon along the back roads of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
Website »

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Girls ages 5-12 take their favorite doll and have a creative time together preparing for the holidays. Register by emailing llpolkhouse2@gmail.com.

Cost: $22/attendee, $20/sister

Where:
Historic Polk House
537 N. Blount St.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Telephone: 919-676-6368
Website »

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Discover what's happening in nature as the sun sets and listen to stories around a campfire. All ages with adult. Register online. Choose course #127675.

Cost: $18/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
Website »

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Take part in this annual walk to celebrate the winter solstice. Take a handmade lantern (white lanterns/lights only, handmade is requested, no fire allowed). Participants will gather at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Hillsborough
, NC  27278


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