Alberta Oil named Magazine of the Year at Kenneth R. Wilson Awards
Meatloaf was right: two out of three ain’t bad.
Actually, when you’ve been named Magazine of the Year at the Kenneth R. Wilson Awards for the second time in three years, as Alberta Oil was at last night’s gala in Toronto, it feels awesome.
For readers out there who aren’t familiar with the awards program – known as the KRWs in the journalism biz – it recognizes excellence in Canadian business writing. There are a number of awards categories, and Alberta Oil was finalist in six others, but the Magazine of the Year award is the honor every business magazine wants to get.
In 2010, Alberta Oil won the award. Our publication was a finalist in 2011. And now, we’ve been fortunate enough to win it again. In choosing Alberta Oil, judges said the magazine was “incredibly well reported… It sets a broad context for understanding the issues and simply makes you feel smarter.”
I won’t spend much more time blowing our own horn in this space. But I do have to recognize the work of some key people because producing a magazine that consistently serves our readers (and wins the odd award) takes a team effort.
In this case that team includes our senior editor, Jeff Lewis, and associate editor, Steve Macleod, and our art team: Kim Larson (art director), Ryan Girard (associate art director) and Andrew Forbes (assistant art director). And I can’t forget our publisher, Ruth Kelly, and associate publisher, Joyce Byrne. Without the enthusiasm, vision and talents of all these individuals, Alberta Oil would not be the magazine it has become.
Now the staff is off to plot how Alberta Oil can win the KRWs Magazine of the Year award next year.