Chicago Parent rated best in the biz

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Chicago Parent was named the best parenting magazine among the major cities in the United States, according to the Parenting Publications of America.

Chicago Parent received nine gold awards?#34;including one for General Excellence?#34;and three silver awards saying the magazine is "overall, a lovingly edited publication that's a monthly gift to Windy City readers."

"It's nice recognition for all of us," said Susy Schultz, associate publisher and editor.

"It really is a credit to the very talented writers, designers, photographers and editors that work very hard each month on this magazine."

Chicago Parent is a free monthly parenting news magazine with a readership of about 250,000 in the six-county Chicago area. It is owned by Wednesday Journal Inc. and Oak Parker Dan Haley is the publisher. Schultz and Cindy Richards, senior editor and travel editor, are Oak Parkers as well.

Richards took top honors as editor of the Short Stuff section, which got gold, too.

The PPA, a nonprofit national organization representing more than 110 parenting magazines and newspapers in the United States, Canada and Australia, gave the awards during a Feb. 26 ceremony in Florida.

The contest was judged by faculty members at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, who wrote: "Imagine a magazine stuffed with great ideas and great articles, topped off with a yummy and innovative cover. But what makes this magazine great is that it's not all sugar and spice. It's a successful blend?#34;an article on negotiating child custody sits comfortably to one on making movies. Turn the page for commentary on TV watching, or photos gallery of readers' children."

The magazine won awards for its best overall design, use of photography, color, typography as well as its cover. It also took top honors for its special feature writing as well as the video review column by Sylvia Ewing.

And a gold was given in investigating reporting for the, "State of the Child?#34;Asthma and Lead Poisoning in the Chicago Area," a joint project with The Chicago Reporter.

The judges wrote, "This impressive in-depth series of stories sets the standard for research and reporting on two major health problems afflicting children. Statistics and individual stories are blended deftly, creating a disturbing but informative public service package."

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