Rowland Publishing, the premier publisher of upscale lifestyle magazines in Northwest Florida, brought home five prestigious awards from the Florida Magazine Association’s Charlie Awards banquet at the conclusion of their annual conference on Friday night. The awards included top state honors for its newest title, 850 – The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida.
“We are honored to have our work recognized by the Florida Magazine Association after being evaluated by top professionals in the industry; it reinforces that our team is achieving the excellence we strive for each and every day,” said Brian Rowland, President of Rowland Publishing and publisher of the magazines. “We are particularly
proud of the top wins we achieved for 850, our newest magazine covering business in the Northwest Florida region, which was launched in the midst of an economic downturn.”
The wins included:
1st Place Gold “Charlie” Award: Best Overall Magazine (Consumer, less than 20,000 circulation), 850 – The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida
1st Place Gold “Charlie” Award: Best Written Magazine (Consumer, less than 50,000 circulation), 850 – The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida
1st Place Gold “Charlie” Award: “Best Humor” for the “Toilet Squirrel” column in Tallahassee Magazine by staffer Beth Nabi (November/December 2008 issue)
2nd Place Silver Award: Best Feature (Consumer, less than 20,000 circulation) for “Sculpting Seaside” about Seaside founders Robert and Daryl Davis by Linda Kleindienst in Emerald Coast Magazine (April/May 2009 issue)
3rd Place Bronze Award: Best Feature (Consumer, less than 20,000 circulation) for “Cat Ranching” about Caboodle Ranch in Madison County by Rosanne Dunkelberger in Tallahassee Magazine (January/February 2009 issue)
According to the Florida Magazine Association, the coveted annual Charlie Awards “represent the pinnacle of achievement in Florida magazine publishing.” The 2009 entries, representing work from May 2008 to April 2009, were judged by an independent panel of 26 top industry professionals – from writers and editors to photographers and
designers – from outside the state of Florida. Founded in 1954, the Florida Magazine Association is the largest state magazine association in the nation. Rowland Publishing has five city/regional magazines in Northwest Florida: Tallahassee Magazine, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year (bimonthly); Emerald Coast
Magazine (bimonthly), covering the Destin/Fort Walton Beach/South Walton area; Bay Life Magazine (quarterly), covering the Panama City/Panama City Beach/Lynn Haven area; and Forgotten Coast Magazine (annual), covering Wakulla, Franklin, and Gulf counties. Its newest title, which is beginning its second year of publishing by increasing
frequency to bimonthly, is 850 – The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida, which covers the 16-county region from Pensacola to Monticello that largely reflects the area code for which it is named. In addition, Rowland Publishing produces high-end publications for a select group of clients in Northwest Florida, including Sandestin Golf
and Beach Resort, the Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa, the Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau, The Resort Collection of Panama City Beach, the Tallahassee Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and more.