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Regional startup magazine honored for General Excellence, General Criticism

(Great Barrington, Mass., March 22, 2006) -- In a contest dominated by venerable, big-city magazines, Berkshire Living will be honored with two awards in its first year of eligibility at the National City and Regional Magazine Association (CRMA) awards ceremony in Boston on June 19. The locally owned, regional lifestyle and culture magazine that made its debut just last winter is a finalist for General Excellence in its circulation category (under 30,000) and for General Criticism, for art critic Timothy Cahill’s “Private Tour” column.

The other magazines getting the nod for General Criticism are Los Angeles and Texas Monthly.

“I knew from reader, advertiser, and community feedback, that Berkshire Living was excellent,” said founder and publisher Michael Zivyak. “But it’s immensely gratifying to gain the validation of our peers in the magazine business, especially in our very first year of publication.”

Berkshire Living is one of only 10 magazines to be honored with two or more awards this year, the others all being large city magazines such as Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and Atlanta. Vying with Berkshire Living for the gold, silver, and bronze awards for General Excellence are Aspen and Buffalo Spree magazines.

“These awards are a tribute to our devoted group of contributors—writers, photographers, and illustrators—as well as to our incredibly talented staff of designers and editors,” said Seth Rogovoy, editor-in-chief of Berkshire Living. “We are truly lucky to be able to draw upon such an incredibly creative talent pool here in the Berkshires, and to be able to reflect those talents and the beauty of the Berkshires in our pages.”

Rogovoy also took particular satisfaction to have won in the General Criticism category – a rare achievement for a small regional magazine. “How fitting that the little magazine chronicling ‘America’s Premier Cultural Resort’ should vie with the two largest and most consistent award-winners,” said Rogovoy, referring to Los Angeles and Texas Monthly magazines. “But it’s not really a big surprise – Tim Cahill’s smart, snappy writing on the visual arts is as good as you’ll find anywhere, and we’re thrilled to be able to feature it in every issue.”

Judges representing 43 publications, including prestigious national magazines such as Atlantic Monthly, Sports Illustrated, Gourmet, National Geographic, and Esquire, and journalism scholars from the Missouri School of Journalism, selected the 66 finalists chosen from more than 850 entries in the 21st annual National CRMA contest. The gold, silver, and bronze winners in each category will be announced at the CRMA 30th Annual Conference, which takes place June 17-19 in Boston at the Marriott Copley Pace Hotel.

[press release from CRMA, including complete list of finalists, follows below:]

CRMA Announces National City And Regional Magazine Awards Finalists

Texas Monthly leads the list with 16 nominations

Magazine professionals from around the country chose 66 finalists from more than 850 entries in the 21st Annual National City and Regional Magazine Association’s annual awards contest.

Seventy-three magazines of varying circulation competed for these coveted awards in 22 editorial and design categories. The gold, silver and bronze winners will be announced at the CRMA 30th Annual Conference June 17-19, 2006 in Boston at the Marriott Copley Place Hotel.

This year’s editorial nominees covered such topics as a power struggle that kept AIDS drugs out of Africa, urban ecoterrorism with an attack on SUVs, the Catholic Church, an orthopedic surgeon turned butcher and a footrace that saved a dying town.

Topping the 2006 list is Texas Monthly, a finalist with 16 nominations, the most in the recent history of this competition. Los Angeles magazine received 13 nominations. Atlanta magazine is a finalist in five categories, Chicago and Philadelphia magazines in four. Boston and Indianapolis Monthly each captured three nominations.

This year’s competition also saw a number of smaller circulation titles as finalists: Berkshire Living (with two), Memphis, Buffalo Spree, HOUR Detroit and others. Two first-time nominees include Evansville Living and Gulfshore Life.

Judges representing 43 publications, including prestigious national magazine titles as Atlantic Monthly, O, the Oprah Magazine, Sports Illustrated, Better Homes and Gardens, Men’s Journal, Gourmet, National Geographic, Esquire and journalism scholars from the Missouri School of Journalism selected the finalists.

The competition is open to the 92 members of CRMA and other city and regional magazines throughout North America that qualify. The contest is a 21-year-old national competition, which has been coordinated by the University of Missouri School of Journalism on behalf of CRMA for the past 10 years.

The categories and finalists in alphabetical order are:

General Excellence 3 (circulation above 60,000)
Chicago magazine
Los Angeles magazine
Texas Monthly

General Excellence 2 (circulation 30,000-60,000)
HOUR Detroit
Indianapolis Monthly
Portland Monthly

General Excellence 1 (circulation less than 30,000)
Aspen magazine
Berkshire Living
Buffalo Spree

General Criticism:
Berkshire Living “Glory Days,” “A Whale of a Mural,” and “Girl, You’ll be a Woman Soon”
Los Angeles magazine’s “The Squint vs. The Eyebrows,” “A Selfish Life,” and “Beyond the Pale”
Texas Monthly’s “Mary, Quite Contrary,” “All the Pretty Corpses,” and “You’ve Got Mailer”

Food and Dining Writing
Boston magazine’s “Smooth Sailing,” “Shooting Star,” and “The Greatest Fish Story Ever Told”
Los Angeles magazine’s “Sea World,” “Steak Out,” and “Slow Fade”
Rhode Island monthly’s “Cheeze Whiz,” “Gaga for Sherbert,” and “Bowled Over”

Regular Column
Atlanta magazine, Lee Walburn: “Encore,” “Forgive, Don’t Forget,” and “This Old House”
Gulfshore Life, Gerald Hausman: “A Rose From Charley,” “The Ancient Itch,” “Bug Off”
Philadelphia magazine, Noel Weyrich: “Wanted: Grays & Gays,” “Attack of the Blogs,” and “Boys ‘R Us Inc.”

Boston magazine’s “The Great Harvard Drug Scandal” Los Angeles magazine’s “The Accidental Ecoterrorist”
Texas Monthly’s “Dr. Evil”

Personality Profile
Los Angeles magazine’s “The Recruit”
Philadelphia magazine’s “The Passion of T.O.”
Texas Monthly’s “Prime Minister”

Feature Story
5280’s “Colorado’s Most Amazing and Punishing (and Magical) Race”
Chicago magazine’s “Betting Her Life”
Texas Monthly’s “Unholy Act”

Writer of the Year
Atlanta magazine’s Justin Heckert
Los Angeles magazine’s Jesse Katz
Texas Monthly’s John Spong

Excellence in Writing
Los Angeles magazine’s October issue
Philadelphia magazine’s December issue
Texas Monthly’s November issue

Spread Design
Boston magazine’s “Jesus @ Work”
Indianapolis Monthly’s “Nice Catch”
Philadelphia magazine’s “Lord of the Wings”

Feature Design
Los Angeles magazine’s ”In the Raw”
Minnesota Monthly’s ”The Turtle Catcher”
Texas Monthly’s ”Southern Comfort”

Photo Essay
Los Angeles magazine’s “LA Palaces”
Memphis Magazine’s „Living Legend“
Texas Monthly’s “Grease”

Evansville Living’s July/August issue
Los Angeles magazine’s November issue
Texas Monthly’s July issue

Designer of the Year
Los Angeles magazine’s Joe Kimberling
Texas Monthly’s Scott Dadich
Texas Monthly’s T.J. Tucker

Excellence in Design
Minnesota Monthly’s November issue
Los Angeles magazine’s September issue
Texas Monthly’s September issue

Reader Service
Atlanta magazine’s “Intown Living”
Indianapolis Monthly’s “County Fare”
Portland Monthly’s “A Dozen Great Neighborhoods to Call Home”

Leisure/Lifestyle Interests
Cincinnati magazine’s “A Cut Above”
Los Angeles magazine’s “In The Raw”
Texas Monthly’s “Southern Comfort”

Civic Journalism
Chicago magazine’s “Playing Lardball”
Texas Monthly’s “Hurt? Injured? Need a Lawyer? Too Bad!”
Traverse, Northern Michigan’s Magazine “Trouble on the Yellow Dog Plain”

Special Issues
Atlanta magazine’s February 2005 “Romance in the City”
Chicago magazine’s September 2005 “The Catholics of Chicago”
Texas Monthly’s December 2005 “Where I’m From”

Excellence Online
Atlanta magazine (www.atlantamagazine.com)
D magazine (www.dmagazine.com)
Yankee magazine (www.yankeemagazine.com)

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