baystateparent snagged eight awards at the annual Parenting Media Association’s Design and Editorial Awards held in St. Petersburg, Florida, over the weekend.

The Parenting Media Association (PMA), a non-profit representing the family media market since 1988, received 566 entries from family and parenting magazines from across the country. The competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography and design.

“This year’s winning entries once again showcase the PMA publications’ strength in offering practical and frank advice on tough subjects, as well as extensive suggestions for off-the-radar activities that expand children’s horizons,” said Professor Reuben Stern, who oversaw the judging by faculty members at the Missouri School of Journalism. “Amid a sea of questionable material online, these articles are packed with reliable information from experts and primary sources. The stories also validate and inspire parents by giving a window into the lives of others dealing with similar challenges.”

baystateparent was honored with five gold and three bronze awards:

Editor’s Note: GOLD

By Amanda Collins Bernier

Humor Column: GOLD

“Herding Goofballs,” by Josh Farnsworth

News Feature: GOLD

“Out of the Darkness,” by Amanda Collins Bernier

News Feature: BRONZE

“How Schools Prepare for the Worst,” by Debbie LaPlaca

General Feature Writing: GOLD

“Out of the Darkness,” by Amanda Collins Bernier

Front Cover Original Photo: BRONZE

“Adventure Awaits,” photo by Shawna Shenette Photography, art director Paula Ethier, design by Shiela Nealon

Front Cover Illustration: GOLD

“Ready, Set, Camp!” illustration by Maureen McAfee

Interior Illustration (Original): BRONZE

“What Type of Camp Will Your Child Like?” illustration by Rebecca Bischof

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