Oklahoma Today magazine, the official magazine of the state of Oklahoma, on Oct. 1 was named Magazine of the Year by the International Regional Magazine Association at its annual conference in Scottsdale, Ariz. The magazine also received seven additional awards for writing, photography, and art direction.
“We’re thrilled,” said Joan Henderson, Oklahoma Today publisher. “The IRMA publications are outstanding, so winning in this environment is a real feather in our cap.”
In addition to Magazine of the Year honors for publications with circulation of up to 40,000, Oklahoma Today received gold honors for Overall Art Direction and Steffie Corcoran’s editor’s letter column. Judges described Corcoran’s writing as “resonant,” “wonderful, and warm.” They had similarly enthusiastic comments about the publication as a whole.
“Disparate cover topics (country music, Indian history, survivor trees) reflect the Sooner State’s amazing diversity,” said contest judge Steve Fennessy, editor of Atlanta magazine. “A great advertisement for Oklahoma.”
Author Eddie Chuculate took home silver for his essay “Red Moon Rising” in the magazine’s May/June 2011 issue, and Jim Logan was honored with bronze and an award of merit for his profiles of Comanche chief Quanah Parker and Oklahoma attorney Temple Houston, respectively.
“Spider Man,” a portfolio of insect photography by Thomas Shahan, received an award of merit for photographic series, and the magazine’s country music-themed issue, released in September 2011, also was honored with an award of merit in the special focus category.
“Collaboration is essential to all strong editorial content,” said Corcoran. “A huge amount of the credit for these awards is due to the hard work of our editors, freelance writers and photographers, and our longtime art director, Steven Walker. It’s very gratifying to be recognized for sharing something so important to all of us, love of home.”
The International Regional Magazine Association (IRMA), founded in 1960, exists to facilitate communication and exchange of ideas between regional publishers throughout the world. Henderson serves as a member of the IRMA Board of Directors, and Oklahoma Today hosted the annual conference in Oklahoma City and Lone Wolf in 2007.
Oklahoma Today, the Magazine of Oklahoma since 1956, focuses on the people, places, and culture of Oklahoma. A paid-circulation magazine, it has subscribers in every state and many foreign countries. It is published bimonthly by the Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department. For more information, visit www.oklahomatoday.com.