Last night, media executives representing all sectors of the multi-platform publishing industry gathered at the annual Folio Awards gala in New York City. For more than 25 years, Folio has recognized uncompromising journalism and excellence in design with its Eddie (editorial) and Ozzie (design) awards.
Once again, Baltimore magazine was honored to be nominated in a number of categories by Folio’s panel of judges, which narrowed a pool of 2,500 entries down to roughly 1,100 finalists in 33 sections. This year, the magazine took home six wins, including Editor of the Year, Immersive/Interactive Storytelling, Single Article, Consumer Website, Use of Video, and Supplemental Annual or One-Shot.
“I’m just so proud of my Baltimore magazine family,” says Baltimore’s editor-in-chief Max Weiss. “These awards are truly a testament to the entire Baltimore staff and to this wonderful town we get to live in and write about.”
Senior editor Lydia Woolever took home Folio's esteemed Editor of the Year award, having spearheaded multiple feature packages and cover stories throughout the year. Among them were "Are We Still Charm City?," cannabis guide "A New Leaf," and “The Shape of Water,” the story of an intrepid group of Chesapeake Bay boat builders which won Folio's Single Article award.
"This is a surreal honor," Woolever said during her acceptance speech at the Hilton Midtown. "It has been the honor of my career thus far to be able to cover our underdog city and small state. We have so many stories in Baltimore, so much history, art, hardship, resilience, and hope, but most of all it comes down to the people. Every day, we take that privilege and responsibility very seriously."
In addition, the magazine's digital efforts received honors for Consumer Website, which praised our editorial content online, and Use of Video, a nod to former audience engagement manager Meredith Herzing and former digital editor Jess Mayhugh. Particular recognition was given to their videos that expanded our print content by visually capturing the compelling stories of 133-year-old Simon’s Bakery and longtime local swimming instructor Marvin Thorpe.
For Best Immersive/Interactive Storytelling, Baltimore magazine was recognized for the web design of "Let's Do Brunch," "The Shape of Water," and "A New Leaf," in which contributing digital designer Aaron Hope brought the print pieces to life online through use of photography, video, and infographics.
Lastly, the newly rebranded Baltimore Weddings took home the award for best Supplemental Annual or One-Shot publication under the stewardship of managing editor Janelle Diamond and art director Staci Lanham.
In total, Baltimore magazine was nominated for a record-high of 16 awards, including the prestigious Magazine of the Year award. The magazine, as always, was honored to be included among such distinguished colleagues in the national publishing industry—knowing that we could not have been recognized without the support of this city and the people of Baltimore.
“We don’t do it for the awards, but it sure feels good to get this kind of recognition,” said Baltimore magazine’s president Michael Teitelbaum. “It is an honor to work with such incredible talent. With passion and commitment, our team works hard to produce content that inspires Baltimore to discover more, do more, and be more.”