From the Editor: More Than a Monthly Magazine

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly
These 2018 issues of Columbus Monthly were submitted for the City and Regional Magazine Association's General Excellence Award.

When I meet with groups to discuss Columbus Monthly, I always tell them some of our best work never appears in the magazine. As proud as I am of the July issue—which includes our annual Best of Columbus package and deep dives into craft beer’s #MeToo moment and the Scioto River’s delicate renaissance—I know it represents just a fraction of the terrific work produced by our Columbus Monthlystaff.

This point was driven home to me in May when the City and Regional Magazine Association presented its annual awards at a conference in Minneapolis. While Columbus Monthly was a finalist in two categories in its circulation size—general excellence (which we won last year) and feature writing (senior editor Suzanne Goldsmith’s April 2018 story on undocumented immigrant Edith Espinal)—two of our eight ancillary publications, Columbus Weddingsand Columbus Monthly Health, were also up for awards. And though we didn’t win in the other categories, we were thrilled that Columbus Monthly Health—in its debut issue, no less—took home top honors in ancillary general interest, beating out publications such as D Magazine’s CEOHoustonia Magazine’s The Newcomer’s Guide to Houston and Philadelphia Magazine’s Be Well Philly.

“Columbus Monthly Health impresses with deep and varied features, thoughtful departments and a thorough examination of the city’s best medical professionals and facilities,” declared the CRMA judges, who came from publications such as FortuneThe New York TimesSports Illustratedand The Washington Post. “This creatively edited ancillary is a welcome new addition.”

I couldn’t agree more. Editor Sherry Beck Paprocki—who also oversees Columbus Monthly’s Home & Style section and another ancillary publication, Columbus Monthly Home & Garden—spent several months planning the debut 2018 issue, which included a first-person story from contributor Sandra Gurvis about the death of her son, Alex, after his decadelong struggle with opioid addiction. “She had trained herself to separate any emotion she felt about Alex’s addiction, so this was a difficult story for her to write,” says Sherry, who’s known Sandra for 30 years. “She worked very hard to be authentic because she understood the importance of her story to other families dealing with addiction.”

Columbus Monthly Healthis an example of how we’re reaching new audiences by extending what the flagship magazine has long been known for—explanation and discovery, breadth and depth of coverage. No matter whether its ancillary publications, original stories on our website or our growing roster of events, you’ll find the same smart, lively and authoritative approach.