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Sonoma Family Life Magazine

We Won Big in 2016!

Apr 25, 2016 12:00AM

We were thrilled when we found out that Sonoma Family Life was honored at the international Parenting Media Association’s (PMA) Editorial and Design Awards Competition, which recognizes regional family publications across the country for excellence in journalism, photography, and design.

Sonoma Family Life beat out stiff competition to win four Silver Awards! The following articles were recognized for their content and fine writing: “Cyber Dating” (February 2015), on the do’s and don’ts of Internet relationships; “Help! My Teenager Fell in Love Online” (February 2015), on teen digital romance; “Over the River and through the Woods” (June 2015), “a colorful roadmap for a fabulous weekend”; “The Giving Bug” (March 2015), about a grassroots philanthropic nonprofit; and our hilarious humor column by Sebastopol mom Holly Hester.

We were also very proud to win the top award in the nation for the best front cover use of stock photography. The November 2015 “Twin Talk” cover, which was featured in both Sonoma Family Life and Mendo Lake Family Life, won a Gold Award. The happy faces, bright smiles, and vibrant colors of our twins really caught the judges’ attention!

The PMA awards “recognize the best work done in our industry,” says PMA President Mary Cox. “Our collective goal is to make parenting easier—after all, it’s the most important job in the world—and an even more fun ride.”

“Parents simply want the best for their families,” says Sharon Gowan, founder and publisher of Sonoma Family Life. “As a truly local publication, we’re very proud to be the number one resource guide for parents planning family fun in Sonoma County. We’re grateful for our readers and a wonderful, internationally recognized staff.”