American Spirit Takes Top Award in International Competition. - American Spirit, the bimonthly magazine of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), has won the first-place Masters Award in the magazine category of the 2003 American Society of Professional Communicators Masters Communication Awards competition. American Spirit is published for DAR by Hammock Publishing Inc., a Nashville, Tenn.-based custom-publishing firm. Only one Masters Award winner is named for each of the categories of the international competition.
We are thrilled with this prestigious honor, says DAR President General Linda Tinker Watkins. Recreating our magazine has been a primary focus. We wanted to produce a publication that would showcase the work and interests of women throughout history.
American Spirit editorial focuses primarily on American history especially as it relates to women Americana, collectibles, genealogy, arts and crafts, preservation and historic travel. Recent cover articles have included the role of African Americans in the American Revolution; an examination of daily life for women in Colonial America; the DAR Museums world-renowned quilt collection; and the popularity among gardeners of heirloom vegetables and flowers.
This is a significant honor for DAR and for Hammock Publishing, said Rex Hammock, president of the publishing firm. Working together, we have developed a magazine that is both beautiful and informative, while also playing a strategic role in support of the wonderful mission of DAR.
The work submitted for the competition this year was truly outstanding, said Dee McGivern, president of the ASPC. This year there were more than 70 entries in the magazine category. Professional communicators faced unique challenges in 2002. From a depressed economic environment to political and social instability in the face of pending war, they were asked to help their companies and their clients deliver their messages to the media, the public, customers, employees, investors and analysts in difficult times. The quality of this year's entries and particularly this years winners is a clear indication that those challenges were successfully met.
The ASPC Masters Communication Awards recognize exemplary work and exceptional achievement across all professional communications. Participants in the international competition include professional communicators working for some of the worlds largest corporations, not-for-profit agencies or as freelance communicators.
Headquartered in Pittsburgh, the ASPC sponsors two annual competitions, the ASPC Masters Communication Awards competition and the ASPC Annual Report Awards competition. Visit the ASPC Web site, www.asprocomm.com, for additional information and a complete list of winners. For more information on DAR please visit www.dar.org.