On Monday, Baltimore received 15 nominations for the annual Folio: Awards, the most the magazine has received in the annual publishing industry competition. For more than 25 years, Folio: has been handing out both Eddie (editorial) and Ozzie (design) awards to publications across the country, and this year, a panel of some 250 judges assessed some 2,500 entries for its 33 categories.
In print, the magazine’s editorial staff was recognized in multiple categories for its in-depth journalism. Senior editor Lydia Woolever was nominated for Editor of the Year for spearheading multiple cover stories and feature packages over the past year, while her October 2018 feature, “The Shape of Water,” about an intrepid group of Chesapeake Bay boat builders, was nominated for Single Article. Senior editor Ron Cassie was nominated for Investigative Journalism for his May 2019 “Hell and High Water,” a compelling look at how climate change is already impacting Baltimore’s infrastructure and public health, as well as Longform Feature with co-writer Lauren LaRocca for July 2018’s “Can H-Town Kick Its Habit?,” a deep dive into the opioid epidemic’s effects on the local community of Hagerstown. Food-and-dining editor Jane Marion was nominated for Profile for her March 2019 “Hunger Games,” a day-in-the-life portrait of Atlas restaurateur Alex Smith.
Notably, the magazine’s art department, which is made up of creative director Amanda White-Iseli, assistant art director Danielle Dernoga, editorial designer Angeline Leong, and special editions art director Staci Lanham, was nominated for Design Team of the Year, in addition to nominations for Feature Design (“The Shape of Water”), Illustration (“Hell and High Water”), and Photography for our January 2019 “Marching Orders” photo essay by photographer Shawn Hubbard and former digital content producer Michelle Evans.
On the digital side, Baltimore magazine was recognized for its Website, Video, Immersive/Interactive Storytelling, and our new Podcast, Local Flavor Live, which each week unpacks the latest happenings of the local food scene, led by digital senior editor Lauren Cohen, along with food-and-dining editor Jane Marion and former digital editor Jess Mayhugh.
Meanwhile, the newly rebranded Baltimore Weddings took home two nominations for best Supplemental publication and Redesign under the stewardship of managing editor Janelle Diamond and art director Staci Lanham.
Judges will announce the winners at the annual awards gala in New York City this October.