Trade Only sister Anglers Journal wins magazine award

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Soundings Trade Only sister magazine Anglers Journal won an Eddie award for best full issue in its category (Consumer, Enthusiast, Hobby) in Folio:’s annual journalism and design contest. The award was presented at a dinner in New York City on Tuesday night attended by more than 350 people.

Three other magazines in Active Interest Media’s Marine Group received honorable mentions: Power & Motoryacht, Soundings and Yachts International.

“I’m not surprised that Anglers Journal was chosen to win the award,” said Gary DeSanctis, Marine Group general manager and group publisher. “It’s through hard work, dedication and the vision of editor-in-chief Bill Sisson and his team that the magazine continually pushes past the high-water mark.”

Anglers Journal, a quarterly magazine, won the Folio: award for its Fall 2018 issue. What made that issue unusual is that it was published with two covers — one for subscribers and one for the newsstand.


“We had two strong images,” Sisson said. “Both were powerful, but one was so striking that we didn’t want to put cover lines all over it. The subscriber cover shows a collection of old fishing rods that belonged to a wonderful fisherman who had passed away. Photographer Jody Dole and I fished them out of the basement rafters of his home, where they had been forgotten for years, and turned them into a compelling image. We told the story of the man’s fishing life through his tackle.”

Read Henry Walsh’s life story here.

The other image — a black-and-white photo of a striped bass dorsal fin — worked really well on the newsstand, Sisson said. “There was plenty of room for cover lines without taking away from the photograph. It proved to a strong newsstand cover,” he said.

Anglers Journal has won several Folio: awards since it debuted five years ago. “As the new kid on the block, the support we’ve received from readers and the marine industry has been extremely gratifying,” Sisson said. “Making a magazine is team effort, and that is certainly the case with Anglers Journal.”

The team is collection of all-stars. Everyone who works on Anglers Journal also works on at least one other title in the AIM Marine Group.

Anglers Journal creative director Erin Kenney is also creative director of Power & Motoryacht; senior editor Michael LaBella is deputy editor of Soundings Trade Only; editor-at-large John Brownlee is host of Anglers Journal TV; managing editor Dan Harding is editor-in-chief of PMY and Outboard; digital director John Turner has the same role with PMY; senior writers Gary Reich and Simon Murray are senior editor and managing editor for Soundings and PMY, respectively; staff editor Steve Jylkka is art director for STO, Sail and Outboard; and contributing editor Krista Karlson also has that role with PMY.


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