FinePrint November 07, 2011

Excellence Awards Edition

Crowning an evening where nine magazines won their first award and EXHIBITOR magazine was named 2011 Magazine of the Year, the MMPA Excellence Awards did not disappoint.

"The event was a spectacular success," said 2011 MMPA President Kathryn Forss, "The energy in the room was fantastic, and Jason did a great job. Our members really let loose and celebrated the year's successes!"

Hundreds of professionals from Minnesota’s vital magazine publishing community took advantage of Mintahoe’s hospitality expertise, which manifested in creative smash-tini potato creations and numerous other culinary surprises. Emcee Jason Matheson of Fox 9 News and mytalk 107.1, kept the presentation moving with his high-energy delivery and quirky humor. And awards were presented in 82 categories to 68 different publications.

View attendee response to the event on twitter at #mmpa and @friendsofmmpa.


2011: The Best Year Ever

Traci Nigon, editor and designer, American Miniaturist Magazine

Thirteen publications serve up their best showing ever in this year’s awards. It’s easy to see that the race to become a future Magazine of the Year will be very tight. In the midst of the Jason vs. Jason debate, Smashed-tinis, and Silent Auction bids, the MMPA bestowed 246 awards to a wide range of magazines encompassing everything from hunting to college alumni to local guides, and the points…

Behind the Scenes: Magazine of the Year

Lynn Keillor, freelance writer

Awards add up in race for top honor. When EXHIBITOR magazine was named 2011 Magazine of the year, editor Travis Stanton said: “This has less to do with what we’ve accomplished this year, and more to do with the last 30 years of the magazine. It represents a lot of hard work.” The annual award is not a product of a committee decision, or an in-depth analysis of magazines within a publishing cycle. It’s…

Download the Excellence Awards Winners Booklet

Gold, silver, bronze: view all the 2011 winners. Didn’t make it to this year’s event? Catch up with the buzz by downloading the 2011 Excellence Awards winners booklet. With a couple of clicks, you can see which titles brought home the hardware at last week’s Excellence Awards gala. The booklet is a valuable tool for planning where your work fits best into next year’s awards competition. Start thinking…

Excellence Awards Photo Gallery

Check out all the great photos from the event! All photographs by Studio Laguna . Click on the photo to see a larger version of the slideshow.  

EXHIBITOR Named MMPA Magazine of the Year

Jim Tarbox, Editor, The History Channel Magazine

Editor credits 30 years of organizational excellence. His name might be at the top of the masthead, but EXHIBITOR magazine editor Travis Stanton will tell you producing the MMPA’s Magazine of the Year is a group effort. Stanton, 30, lived in the Twin Cities for a few years—landing there from South Dakota—and worked as a freelance writer for both Best Buy and Lavender magazine before moving to Rochester,…

Hough Honored with Carey Award

Kelley Suggs, CHES, freelance writer

MMPA achievements typically include her thumbprint. “Everyone can do one thing,” remarked Aileen Hough, MMPA board member and CSC Publishing circulation manager, driving home the importance of grassroots volunteerism in accepting MMPA’s Greg Carey Leadership Award. Greg Carey was a man known for dedication, leadership and lifting the MMPA to new heights. Hough is known for her relentless commitment,…

In With the New

Kelley Suggs, CHES, freelance writer

New awards recognize profile writing, opening-page design, and typography This year’s Excellence Awards included three more ways to celebrate the fullness and richness of talent in our industry. Within the Design Category, submissions were accepted into Typography and Single Page or Design Spread and in the Editorial Category, Profile Articles received their own distinction. The Typography Award…

Last-Chance Deals from MMPA!

Avoid the crowds and get some of your holiday shopping done early. A few items remain from the MMPA Excellence Awards Silent Auction, so we’ve decided to give everyone a chance to grab a great deal while supporting MMPA educational programs. The first bidder to submit the minimum bid will be awarded the item. Item #1: Maui Jim Sunglasses (Valued at $315).  Donated by Mach 1 Business Media. Minimum…

Nine Make Their Mark

Lynn Keillor, freelance writer

First-time winners make their voices heard at 2011 Excellence Awards. Nine magazines were first-time award recipients at the 2011 MMPA Excellence Awards, including some first-time entrants and some who were back for another attempt. The nine magazines with new hardware are: AR Guns & Hunting—Bronze: Feature Article, special interest over 60,000. FenderBender—Silver and Bronze: Profile Article,…

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