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Behind the Scenes

A Good Time, Win or Lose

As the art director for the magazine, I don't usually blog, but I was the sole representative of the editorial staff at the Maggie Awards presentation this past weekend in Los Angeles so I'm now adding my name to the bloggers on staff.

Club Industry‘s Fitness Business Pro magazine was a finalist for the 2007 Western Publication Association‘s Maggie Award for Best Overall Health/Fitness magazine. This is the second year in a row that we‘ve been nominated for an award from this magazine association. Last year‘s nomination was for Best Series of Trade Articles.

We won last year, but no such luck this year. Still, the staff was thrilled to be a finalist. Personally, it was a great experience to meet others in the industry and see what designs/magazines won awards. Several magazine publishing firms attended the awards banquet. Each person there was up for one of the 93 awards given that night.

The evening is set up similar to the Golden Globes. The presenters read the names of the nominees and then say, “And the Maggie goes to....” Outside the banquet room, the association displays the magazine finalists in a newsstand. It is a great way to see what other publications are doing. We hope that next year we will be able to report a Maggie Award win! --Jennifer Ray, senior art director

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