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

City & Shore magazine has won 20 awards in recent state, regional and national competitions.

In state competition, the magazine won first and second place from the Florida Press Club for City & Shore PRIME and City & Shore magazines, respectively, in the Special Sections category; First Place for Commentary for City & Shore Editor Mark Gauert’s column, “The Question I Asked Marjory Stoneman Douglas,” First Place in the Light Feature Writing category for his “Object Lessons’’ story and Second Place for Headline Writing.

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

At the Florida Magazine Association’s annual Charlie Awards in St. Petersburg, 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.’’

In Southeast regional U.S. competition, Gauert won second place 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 national competition, City & Shore PRIME won second place for Best Niche Product from the Society for Features Journalism. “A strong effort throughout, with stunning covers and a breadth of coverage inside. Impressive,” the judges said. Gauert also won Honorable Mention in the Short Feature category for “The Question I Asked Marjory Stoneman Douglas.”

Finally, Gauert 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.

The magazine is also a finalist this year for two Eddie & Ozzie Awards, recognizing “excellence in uncompromising journalism and gorgeous design across all sectors of the publishing industry.” The winners of that national competition will be announced Oct. 30 in New York City.

And the Florida Press Club announced Oct. 4 that City & Shore is a finalist for four more awards for work published in 2019 for Light Feature Writing, Headlines, Commentary and Special Sections, for Explore Florida & the Caribbean, a special travel issue\%22issue_id\%22:588065,\%22page\%22:0%22.

City & Shore has won 65 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,

PHOTOCity & Shore Editor Mark Gauert and Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker, featured speaker at this year’s National Society of Newspaper Columnists awards in Buffalo, N.Y.

(Photo by Cynthia Ballard Borris)


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