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Western Publishing Association Announces 2014 MAGGIE Winners

Los Angeles, CA – May 2, 2014 – The Western Publishing Association Recognizes Top Trade, Consumer and Student Publications, Video, Digital Pubs and Websites

The Western Publishing Association (WPA) announced its 2014 MAGGIE® winners in 89 editorial and design categories at the 63rd Annual MAGGIE® Awards, May 2nd at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel at Los Angeles International Airport.

More than 325 people from all areas of publishing were on hand to honor the "West's Best" in both print and electronic publishing. An enthusiastic audience cheered as winners accepted their awards and later watched the MAGGIE® trademark "Montage of Winners" video at the close of the banquet.

Considered to be the most prestigious award in the publishing industry, the 2014 MAGGIES drew more than 1,000 entries from 24 states west of the Mississippi River.

“This year’s Maggie Awards recognized some of the top talent in our industry,” said Ron Epstein, president of Epstein Custom Media and President of the WPA Board of Directors. “We honored writers and editors, long-standing media properties, and many new and innovative ones. Our industry finds new ways each year to connect with its audience, and I’m proud to see the continued growth. Congratulations to all of the winners.”

Among this year's top honors were Automobile for Best Overall Publication/Consumer, Buildings for Best Overall Publication/Trade, OC Register Magazine for Best New Publication/Trade & Consumer, Variety for Most Improved Publication/Trade & Consumer, Motor Trend, Best Use of Video in Editorial Short and Long Form/Consumer, Body Sense, Best Digital Only Publication/Consumer, Java, Best Digital Only Publication/Trade, TravelAge West, Best Web Publication/Trade, and Mother Jones, Best Web Publication/Consumer.

Collegian Times, from Los Angeles City College, was awarded the MAGGIE for Best Student Publication, along with a $1,000 grant to its journalism/publishing department.

Join WPA and Save!

WPA members continue to save on Maggie entry fees, educational events, Maggie banquet reservations and more. Click here for secure, online membership application..

Additional MAGGIE Trophies Available

If you’re interested in purchasing additional MAGGIES, for this year (or past years) and would like to share your excitement of winning a Maggie with your writers, photographers, illustrators, and others in your company, contact the WPA.

MAGGIE
Price: $249 each (includes shipping)

Please contact the WPA office to place your orders. Tel. 805-495-1863. All orders must be prepaid. Delivery 4-6 weeks. Wording on Maggie can't be altered.

Ed Bobit, Founder of Automotive Fleet and Bobit Business Media, Passes Away at 86

June 29, 2014

Ed Bobit, founder and chairman of Bobit Business Media, and publisher of Automotive Fleet magazine and many other media brands, passed away this morning at the age of 86. Last summer Bobit had undergone valve-replacement surgery and had been working primarily from home. He died peacefully in his sleep.

Bobit was a man of outsize pleasures, but none more than his work and family, which were usually one and the same. Ed’s son Ty runs the company (Ed had turned over the CEO mantle to Ty in 2004) and his eldest grandson Blake joined the company in 2010. Ed loved the fleet business and counted among his closest friends those he first met through the business.

He had a big family and enjoyed hosting annual reunions of his five grown children (his daughter Bonnie predeceased him in 2007), 14 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. He mentored many, many publishing professionals in his long career, and inspired many fleet professionals with his advocacy for the industry. The original idea for Automotive Fleet grew out of his notion that there were not enough resources for the men and women who managed large fleets. He launched the company’s flagship publication in November 1961. He was inducted into the Fleet Hall of Fame in 2009.

One of his greatest passions was any sport played by his beloved Michigan State, where he played himself during his undergraduate career. This year’s Spartan victory at the Rose Bowl, which he watched live, was, in his own words, “One of the happiest days of my life.”

He is survived by his five children: Ty Bobit, Barbara Jusseaume, Bobi Jo Banas, Beverly Jacobson, and Beth Edwards as well as 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

VIP Speaker Andrew Wallenstein, Variety Magazine, Speaks at MAGGIE Event

Andrew Wallenstein, Editor-in-Chief of Variety magazine and Variety.com was the keynote speaker at our Pre-MAGGIE event, Friday May 2, at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel at Los Angles International Airport.

An enthusiastic audience listened as Andrew presented Variety’s successful transition from a daily to a weekly, its rebranding and enhancement of its print product with digital coverage, and how his company is staying ahead of the curve.

To see Andrew's complete video presentation, click here..

WPA Awards of Distinction Leadership Award Announced

In bestowing the First Annual WPA Awards of Distinction to Diane Anderson-Minshall, of Here Media, the WPA recognized an individual who distinguished herself in the field of media over the past 12 months.

“As the recipient of our inaugural Leadership Award,” said WPA President Ron Epstein, "this award honors an individual whose vision and innovation in the past year demonstrated real-world execution of a new platform, concept or segment of the business that improved or altered the media landscape in which it operates, or expanded or created a new business opportunity. Diane’s work in helping develop the HIV Plus Treatment Guide Mobile App is an inspiration. She is the epitome of what this award is all about.”

Entrants for the Leadership Award are required to submit nominations in writing. The Winner is announced at the Maggie Banquet.

Click here for Awards of Distinction criteria.

WPA & MAGGIE Sponsors for 2014

WPA would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of WPA & The MAGGIES:

    BPA Worldwide     Brown Printing Company     Digarati     Knowledge Marketing     The Magazine Manager=     Publishers Press=     qg=     RR Donnelley     Trend Offset    

Contact the WPA office for details on future sponsorships.