Rowland Publishing Earns Prestigious Awards in Statewide Competition

Rowland Publishing, the premier publisher of upscale magazines in Northwest Florida, was honored over the weekend with two prestigious Sunshine State first-place awards from the South Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

850 — The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida won first place as the best trade/special interest publication in the statewide competition. Tallahassee Magazine won first place for the best single issue of a magazine — the May/June 2012 issue, which also happened to be the magazine’s redesign issue, featuring local Olympic swimming hopeful Malcolm Hosford on the cover.

In selecting 850 for its award, the judges noted: “Congratulations to 850. Engaging cover design, strong editorial and clean design put this publication at the top of this category.”

Linda Kleindienst is the editor of 850 and Rosanne Dunkelberger is editor of Tallahassee Magazine. Creative Director Larry Davidson oversees both publications, Photographer Scott Holstein is responsible for most of the photography in both magazines and Assistant Creative Director Saige Roberts was the chief designer for 850 and Tallahassee in 2012.

“We are proud to have earned these distinctions from the professional journalists who judged this statewide competition,” said Brian Rowland, president of Rowland Publishing and publisher of the magazines. “This recognition is a testament to the talented team of professionals I have the privilege of working with every day.”

Rowland Publishing Inc. (RPI) has two city/regional magazines in Northwest Florida: Tallahassee Magazine (bimonthly), the company’s flagship publication for more than 30 years and Emerald Coast Magazine (bimonthly), covering the Destin/Fort Walton Beach/South Walton area. 850 — The Business Magazine of Northwest Florida (bimonthly) covers the 16-county region from Pensacola to Monticello, largely reflecting the area code for which it is named. 

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