Portland Monthly Takes the Top Prize at the CRMAs

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On Monday, Portland’s most widely read magazine won the coveted General Excellence award at the 26th annual National City and Regional Magazine Awards Competition at CRMA’s annual conference in Chicago.

The articles are well-written, and the features have a mix that entices a reader to stop and read.

For the second time in its seven-year history, Portland Monthly took top honors in its class (magazines of 30,000–60,000 circulation) at the City and Regional Magazine Association’s annual awards. The jury—which included such prominent journalists as Lynn Medford, Sunday arts & style editor, Washington Post; Robert Priest, co–design director of O: The Oprah Magazine, and Mike Sager, writer at large for Esquire—called it “a sterling example of what city and regional magazines aspire to.”

Portland Monthly won with its January, November, and December issues from 2010, which featured, among other topics, a spirited debate between infamous atheist Christopher Hitchens and prominent Unitarian minister Marilyn Sewell, a look into genome politics through a leading Oregon tree geneticist, a critical overview of the city’s current dining scene, and a history of gaming in Oregon.

“The covers are clear and uncluttered,” the jury commented. “The layouts of standard pieces on restaurants and bars are creative and effective…. The articles are well-written, and the features have a mix that entices a reader to stop and read.”

“The award is testimony to a truly talented, resourceful, and committed staff who all year kept pulling, one after another, bunnies out of their hats,” says Portland Monthly’s editor-in-chief, Randy Gragg. “Given the tough year for media of every kind, when every editor and art director had to do more with less, being selected as the best city magazine of our class in the country feels like Santa Claus came May 2.”

The jury nominated Portland Monthly for four other awards: “Food Cart City,” a history and guide to the best of Portland’s food carts; “20/20 Vision,” a long-range look at Portland job growth; restaurant critic Karen Brooks’s witty and insightful food coverage; and the magazine’s lively series of multimedia pieces on food carts.


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