First Words — 09 August 2019
City & Shore wins state, regional, national awards

City & Shore magazine has won 16 awards this year in national, Southeast regional and statewide journalism competitions.

At the 2019 Folio Magazine Awards Oct. 30 in New York City, recognizing “uncompromising journalism and excellence in design,’’ Editor Mark Gauert won the Eddie Award for City & Regional Column/Blog, South East for his columns appearing in the magazine.

There are no second or third place designations in the Folio Magazine Awards, only Honorable Mentions. The February 2019 issue of City & Shore PRIME got Honorable Mention in competition in the City & Regional Full Issue South East category,{%22page%22:0,%22issue_id%22:565760}.

This year’s field of competitors for Folio Magazine Awards included 1,100 finalists winnowed from more than 2,500 entries from publications throughout the United States, organizers say. The full list of winners appears here,

Also in national competition, City & Shore PRIME won second place for Best Niche Product from the Society for Features Journalism at the organization’s national conference in September in Detroit. “A strong effort throughout, with stunning covers and a breadth of coverage inside. Impressive,” the judges said. Gauert won Honorable Mention in the Short Feature category for “The Question I Asked Marjory Stoneman Douglas,”

Gauert also won third place for Humor in the National Society of Newspaper Columnists competition. The judging panel at this year’s event in Buffalo, N.Y., included Clarence Page, Rochelle Riley, Elly Lonon, Leighann Lord and Patricia Newberry. “I love the subtlety and heart of Mark’s delivery,” the judge in this category said.

In Southeast regional U.S. competition, Gauert won second place in June for Humorous Commentary/Magazines in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade Awards. The region includes news organizations in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

In state competition, the magazine won First Place honors Nov. 2 from the Florida Press Club for feature and headline writing; Second Place and Third Place in the Commentary category for Gauert’s columns; and Third Place in the Special Sections category, which included Explore Florida & the Caribbean, City & Shore’s annual travel issue,; and City & Shore PRIME, for readers 50 and older,{%22page%22:0,%22issue_id%22:565760}. The three stories in the winning entry for feature writing were “What Ruined It for Me,’’ “Brave Tart’’ and “Norwegian’s Bliss Offers More, or Less.’’ Links to the stories appear below; the full list of winners appears here,

In July, City & Shore won second place for Special Interest Publication at the Society of Professional Journalists’ annual Sunshine State Awards in Fort Lauderdale.

And at the Florida Magazine Association’s annual Charlie Awards in St. Petersburg, also in July, Gauert won the Silver and Bronze Awards for Best Writing in the Humor category, the Silver Award for Columns and the Bronze Award for Feature Headlines. “Crisp storytelling from a savvy observer,” the judges said. “Definitely a column that subscribers certainly must look forward to reading.’’

City & Shore has won 77 state, regional and national journalism awards in the past eight years, including First Place awards for Niche Publication, Commentary/Criticism, Feature Writing, Headlines, and Cover and Inside Design. Links to all the stories appear online at; and on the City & Shore Facebook page,

“We don’t put out the magazine each month to win awards, we’d rather win readers,” Gauert said. “But it’s nice – and humbling – to be recognized for the work we do to win readers.”

Congratulations to all the winners and finalists in these competitions, which represent some of the finest work in the state, region and nation.

PHOTOCity & Shore Editor Mark Gauert at this year’s Folio Awards in New York City. (Courtesy)

2019 Folio Magazine Award-winning columns:

My Day with Jay Leno,

Downton Abbey Straight, No Coaster,

Brave Tart,

The Good from Bad Hair Days,

2019 Florida Press Club award-winning features:

What Ruined it For Me,

Brave Tart,

Norwegian’s New Bliss Offers More, or Less,



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