Celebrating Carolina Parent’s Gold Award and the Joys of Spring

O Ed Notes Pma Award

Some may say I don’t know how to tell a “good” story. My fish tales tend toward netting a few sunfish instead of fighting to land a whopper. I usually downplay accomplishments and resist embellishment, burying any impulse to boast. But this time I’m going to share — and, yes, brag a little — because our whole team at Carolina Parent has something to be proud of: We were recognized as the best parenting magazine in our circulation category among peer publications around the U.S. and beyond.

Each year, the Parenting Media Association recognizes editorial and design excellence in member publications and digital products. Submissions in the Editorial and Design Awards Competition are judged by a panel with professional experience and coordinated by the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism.

Carolina Parent earned a Gold Award for General Excellence for our monthly magazine. General Excellence considers both editorial and design. We also earned a silver award for feature layout (“Gifts for Dad,” June 2012) and were a finalist for publisher’s/editor’s notes, the Carolina Family Travel section as special section within a publication (May 2012) and our April 2012 cover.

The awards ceremony is the culmination of a three-day convention where PMA members attend professional sessions and network, exchanging ideas and learning from each other as well as leaders in the media industry. It’s an invigorating and exciting time, and those who attend go back to their offices with heads full of new and creative ideas. It’s fitting that the convention is near the start of spring, a season seemingly ripe with opportunity and new beginnings.

Rising spring temperatures and longer evenings invite leisurely walks when I enjoy the lingering sun, budding trees and rebirth of dormant plants. Although I didn’t inherit the green thumb that grows rampant throughout my family tree — and I’m most assuredly not downplaying my abilities! — I am inspired to try something new this growing season: container gardening.

I’ve been jealous of my neighbors’ peppers and tomatoes. (And have guiltily pulled a ripe tomato or two off a vine while wandering yards on pet-sitting duty.) So this year, I just may take a trip to the garden store and stock up on pots, soil and seedlings, especially after reading about the benefits of going organic in your own backyard (p. 31). If students in our local schools can grow bountiful gardens (p. 35), perhaps there’s hope for me as well. Welcome, spring, with its promise of possibilities and fresh ideas.