Senior Voice wins awards

Senior Voice has been recognized for excellence, winning four awards in the annual contest sponsored by the North American Mature Publishers Association (NAMPA), a nationwide network of publishers focusing on boomer and senior readers. Awards were announced Sept. 12, 2022, at the annual NAMPA conference, held this year in Las Vegas.

Entries were independently judged by the University of Missouri School of Journalism in Columbia, Missouri, who gave awards in categories based on the circulation size of the publication. Senior Voice entries competed in Division A, for circulations below 25,000.

Senior Voice won third place in the “Personal Essay” category for correspondent Maraley McMichael’s “Adjusting to Life with Commercial Power.” Judges wrote: “Maraley McMichael and her husband lived in a log cabin for six years without the standard electric power that is so common that we take for granted that it’s everywhere. Well, not so, as McMichael describes … While the power lines and poles were distracting views, it certainly was wondrous to have instant electric power. This is quite the story.”

Longtime Senior Voice correspondent Dimitra Lavrakas earned a third place award in the “Travel Column” category. Her “Going Places” column, judges wrote, “gives Alaska seniors realistic travel options, as well as opportunities to travel virtually from home through online venues, in a column that’s easy to read.”

A third place award was given in the “Front Cover Photo” category for the Oct. 2021 edition cover photo by Michael Dinneen, featuring Anchorage-area “steampunk” artist Ron Stein. “Quirky styling and a mischievous grin grab attention,” wrote the judges. “The cool colors blend perfectly with the typography, and the soft background allows the subject to pop.”

This cover photo also won an award earlier this fall in a separate national contest, the Mature Media Awards.

Finally, contributing health writer Emily Kane’s columns were awarded third place in the “Senior Issues” category. “If a reader is ready for a deep dive into the underpinnings of health issues,” wrote the judges, “Emily Kane’s health and medicine column provide the detail many other columnists shy away from. Her easy writing style makes it seem natural to read about what the different colors of a person’s stool say about their health or detailed instructions for doing dry skin brushing in lieu of bathing daily.”

Senior Voice is a publication of Older Persons Action Group, Inc., an Alaska nonprofit organization that serves Alaska seniors and their families. OPAG has been publishing Senior Voice for 45 years and is partially funded by a grant administered through the Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services.

“It is so rewarding to see our contributors recognized for their excellent work,” said Senior Voice Editor and OPAG Executive Director David Washburn. “Their talent, and commitment to our readers, continues to be such an inspiration.”

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