The City’s quarterly magazine is now an award-winning publication among the nation’s finest. Coral Springs recently received a first-place Savvy Award in the Magazine category of the Savvy Awards competition, sponsored by the City-County Communications and Marketing Association (3CMA). This national organization recognizes the local governments that achieve outstanding communications, public-sector marketing and citizen-government relationships.
Coral Springs was launched in Summer 2006 after being redesigned to meet reader’ needs. The City’s initial magazine, Citizen, was first issued in 1990, and 16 years after its inception, the magazine underwent a format and name change to make it more useful to Coral Springs residents. With its new look and feel, City staff felt the magazine could now compete against the nation’s best, and the judges agreed.
Judges said the magazine was “very nicely designed, well-organized and impressively cost-effective.” They also felt the publication stood out in a category of many good entries for its inviting combination of well-written text, graphics and photos. Some of the judges’ favorites features were “My Coral Springs,” where readers submit photos for publication, as well as “A Day in the Life” features, which profile City employees.
All writing, photography and design for the magazine is produced in-house by the City’s Communications and Marketing Department. The City staff responsible for the magazine include Communications and Marketing Director Kevin Knutson, Publications Coordinator Christine Parkinson Jahrsdoerfer, Writer/Media Relations Coordinator Maria Fuentes-Archilla, Writer Staci Zavattaro, and numerous contributors from all City departments.
The City’s quarterly magazine is mailed to more than 50,000 homes and businesses and features all the latest news from the City of Coral Springs. For more information and to download past issues, visit coralsprings.org/magazine.
For more information on the Savvy Awards, visit 3cma.org.