Atlanta Metropolitan Publishing Inc. walked away from the GAMMA Awards luncheon a big winner. Both its publications took home honors from the Magazine Association of the Southeast (MAGS).
Encore Atlanta, the official arts publication of the Fox Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Opera and Alliance Theatre won an Honorable Mention for Best Custom Publication for its December 2009 Fox Theatre issue.
Business to business publication Plan Your Meetings won three top awards. Its editorial and design staff brought home a Silver GAMMA for Best Feature, for the article “Change Begins With You,” which appeared in Plan Your Meetings magazine, Volume 14, Issue 1 2009. The same issue also won two Gold GAMMA Awards — Best Service Journalism, for the article “Making Cents: 75 Ways to Stretch Your Planning Dollars,” and Best Single Issue.
Of “Making Cents,” the judges said: “What an empowering piece that directly meets the needs of its readers. Thorough, actionable, and intelligently reported, ‘Making Cents’ is guaranteed to spark ideas for readers — and make them look like heroes to their companies. Even better: The editors compile more tips online. Smart, savvy, superb way to serve a readership.”
Of the 2009 issue as a whole, the judges said: “Packed with useful tips for the part-time meeting planner, Plan Your Meetings’ light, breezy design makes it fun to read.”
This was the first year AMP submitted to the MAGS GAMMA Awards, and AMP Editorial Director Kristi Casey Sanders was pleased with the results. “To win in almost every category we submitted for was a huge validation of the hard work and tireless hours my editorial and production teams have put in over the past couple of years,” Sanders said. “I am incredibly proud of them. If anything, this has inspired us to raise the bar of quality and value for our readership even higher.”