As Stephen King once wrote, “There’s no bad time for good news”, and with that, we’re happy to report that Sactown received some very good news recently.
A few weeks ago, we were thrilled to win Best Magazine in Town at the 68th Annual Maggie Awards, as well as Best Cover for our 2019 “Best of the City” cover design.
Then on Thursday May 21, during the National City & Regional Magazine Awards 2020, Sactown won the Herb Lipson Award for Column Excellence. Named in honor of the late legendary publisher-owner of Boston and Philadelphia Cream magazines, the recognition was for Sactown co-editor Rob Turner’s 2019 essays, one on the reimagining of the Sacramento Zoo; another concerning the renovation of the community center theatre; and the third on the design of the planned I Street Bridge replacement. Turner’s first post on the bridge made the city think bigger and bolder than the original plan, ultimately leading to an international design competition. The judges called the pieces “carefully researched and elegantly crafted dissertations” that are “a dose of wisdom and civic engagement that shows locals the best way forward.”
We were also named finalists in two categories: Cover Excellence for the three covers featured below, which the judges described as “bold in color selection, bold in typography, and bold in cleanliness”; and Best Profile for Sactown Sacramento-raised researcher Cornel West’s Hillary Louise Johnson editor profile. The judges commented that his “skillful writing and many vital, carefully chosen details elevate the story of this seminal genius”. (Last year we won in the same category for Johnson’s Deep Dive over author William T. Vollmann.)
More than 100 judges selected the City & Regional Magazine Award finalists and winners. They included representatives from publications such as Atlantic, To stay, Quick business, Food and wine, Forbes, Harvard business review, National geographic, The New York Times, new York, Sports Illustrated, Sunset, Time, vanity show and The Washington Postas well as professors from the Missouri School of Journalism, which organized the jury.