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D Magazine Wins National Award for Web and Print Integration

| 1 year ago

Earlier this month, FOLIO Magazine announced the winners of its annual digital awards, which aims to recognize the online work of publishers throughout the country. D Magazine is one of those—we won an award for the best Integration with Print for our “Taste Japan in Dallas” feature. Other winners include National Geographic, ESPN: The Magazine, AdWeek, The Players’ Tribune, and 5280. We’re in good company.

This is a big deal for us, not in the least because of the amount of work that went into this package. Regular readers of this magazine should take notice of the deeply reported service features that are being produced by Eve Hill-Agnus, our dining critic. They’re so far beyond the standard magazine best list that it’s hard to even group them together. Those lists have their place, but Eve’s features accomplish something rare—they help illuminate cultures through their food, and help the reader find where they can experience it right here in Dallas. So far, she’s done Indian, Japanese, and Korean. There will be more to come.

Kevin Goodbar, D’s art director, helped bring the packages to life in print. They’re beautiful products, and his design incorporates brilliant photography and a readability that makes it easy to follow despite the length and depth of information.

So, here comes the tough part—how the hell do you present this online? Ricky Ferrer, our former digital director who recently decamped for Foreign Affairs magazine, worked alongside Christina Rees, our lead developer, to build a new template just for these service pieces. We’ve been able to use it for other purposes too, like for our analysis of the bond package, our “Most Stylish” feature, and our coffee guide. The template is simple and allows for full-width photography, jump links, and custom headers. It helps us match the beautiful presentation in print for the web. That’s not an easy thing to do, which is why it’s a big deal to be recognized.

Jessica Chen, our digital art director, took additional photos, hand-drew calligraphy for the sections, and made sure everything was laid out perfectly. Eve and I worked together to plan web-only copy. She wrote another section on Omakase and fleshed out some of the print write-ups for us.

One of the challenges for any publishing company is figuring out ways to meld print and online. Thanks to FOLIO for recognizing the work that’s gone into doing just that here at D Magazine.

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Awesome Things

Report: D Magazine Is Once Again Generally Excellent

| 1 year ago

Each year, the City and Regional Magazine Association gathers up a group of magazine professionals in tandem with the prestigious Missouri School of Journalism to judge the best journalism produced by publications all over the country. We at D Magazine are proud to have been nominated for eight of them, including the highest honor of all: General Excellence among similarly sized magazines. We’re up against Indianapolis Monthly, Portland Monthly, Seattle Met, and St. Louis Magazine. Congratulations to all of you, and I eagerly anticipate our fight to the death in New Orleans come June.

Allow us to pat our own back: Senior editor Zac Crain is a finalist for Writer of the Year, based on the strength of his profiles of Erykah Badu; the imam Omar Suleiman; the state’s first transgender mayor, Jess Herbst; and Conrad Callicoatte, the experienced sailor who drowned in White Rock Lake. D staff photographer Elizabeth Lavin and freelancer Jill Broussard are nominated for Best Photography for their beautiful portraiture of physicians and pediatric patients at Children’s Health’s transgender treatment clinic, the only such facility in the southwest.

A Voter’s Guide to the Bond Package,” which was written and edited by myself and Alex Macon, is a finalist in Reader Service. Last year’s “Most Stylish” package earned a nod for Multiplatform Storytelling. Kudos to Digital Director Ricky Ferrer and developer Christina Rees. Lavin photographed each of the 11 subjects while Jessica Chen oversaw video. I edited the story, which was written by former D CEO managing editor Hilary Lau. That package wouldn’t have been possible without the organization and attention from Rachel Gill.

Speaking of D CEO, our business title is a finalist for Ancillary—General Interest magazine. D Home is up for Ancillary-Home. The magazine also earned a nod for Best Illustration and Graphics, for “The Old Man and the Lake,” “Craig Watkins Wants Another Shot,” and “Because Zeke Is Already the Best Running Back in the NFL.”

The awards are in June. Hopefully they will require another blog post. Congratulations to the team.

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Awesome Things

What’s Up With the Birds In Downtown Dallas?

| 1 year ago

Sure, we’ve all seen the flocks of grackles sitting on power lines and filling trees in Tom Thumb parking lots, but I’ve never seen anything like the thousands that convene around the intersection of Pacific Avenue and Pearl Street every day around dusk. The birds line the top of billboards, parking garages, and most of the cars in the surrounding parking lots; so many, I can’t even say it’s a nuisance. In fact, I’d say it’s the most incredible live nature show I’ve ever watched.

Here’s some video I took with my iPhone earlier this week. Standing beneath the birds felt like scuba diving with schools of fish—except with an extremely high chance of getting pooped on. Surprisingly, I only got hit once.

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Philanthropy & Nonprofits

North Texas Giving Day Is Upon Us!

| 3 years ago

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By now, you surely know how this works. You donate money to your favorite local charity, and through the Communities Foundation of Texas, that charity becomes eligible for bonus money and matching funds. It’s a great way to multiply your charitable contributions. Last year more than $33 million was raised for a total of more than 2,000 nonprofits, making it the biggest “giving day” in the country. Let’s break that record. Here’s where to give.

You also know by now that I like to crow about my alma mater, tiny Cistercian Prep, which won last year’s North Texas Giving Day. Sure, sure. You can say it’s not a competition, everybody wins, etc., etc. That’s because your organization didn’t destroy the competition like Cistercian did last year. Burn! Anyway, Cistercian currently sits in the No. 2 spot on the leaderboard, in terms of dollars (KERA has the top spot in terms of number of contributions). Westlake Academy, which has the No. 1 spot, had best watch out. Hox vobiscum.

(Full disclosure: my wife is part of the PR effort for this event. (Fuller disclosure: she has been a real peach to live with for the past couple of days, as the stress of the gig has taken its toll. (Fullest disclosure: I’m gonna catch hell for that fuller disclosure joke.)))

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Furniture

Celina: Big Things Happen Here

| 3 years ago

Brooklyn

There is something I’d like to tell you about. Up in the Frisco suburb of Celina there lives a woman named Brooklyn Calloway. She runs a business called Brookielynn’s Bungalow, which occupies six stalls in the downtown Celina bazaar called Whimsy Finds. Brookielynn’s Bungalow teaches folks faux furniture refinishing.

With me so far?

On October 1, Brooklyn Calloway and Brookielynn’s Bungalow will attempt to break a world record in the Celina square by hosting the world’s largest furniture refinishing workshop. If you bring your own chair, the workshop costs $15. If you’d prefer to have Brookielynn’s Bungalow provide the chair, it costs $35.

That’s what I wanted to tell you about. If you’ve still got questions, maybe the Celina Record has the answers. 

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Awesome Things

DMN Dunks All Over Brett Shipp’s Gotcha Rangers Stadium Story

| 3 years ago

When the son of noted local journalist Bert Shipp unveiled his big "What the Rangers DON'T want you to KNOW about their new stadium deal" report, alleging that the team is screwing over Arlington taxpayers to the tune of $300 million, I was skeptical. On the one hand, I was inclined to believe a sports franchise would scheme to shake some change out of Arlington residents' pockets. On the other, Shipp the Lesser was involved. By some accounts, he's a nice guy. By more accounts, he is a puffed-up blowhard who is regularly, almost habitually, on the wrong side of history. Was this Rangers story yet another time Shipp -- who has worn Oakleys with a Croakies strap on them on camera, like he hosts a local fishing show -- was wrong? According to this Jeff Mosier jeans-punching, VERY MUCH YES. Nutshelling: Shipp suggested that Arlington taxpayers would end up shouldering 80 percent of the $1 billion load. Mosier's math isn't definite either, but

it’s possible that Arlington residents will pay for about 30 percent of the stadium, even when factoring in the parking and ticket taxes.
Read the whole thing, because it's full of so much delicious (and correct, and necessary) side eye. Love you, Jeff.

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Media

Generally Excellent D Magazine Wins Awards

| 3 years ago

D Magazine took home the biggest prize available at Monday evening's City and Regional Magazine Association awards, which were handed out at a star-absent ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Denver. "General Excellence" honors the top magazine of the year in each of three circulation classes (D Magazine is a middleweight). Our print product beat out the other finalists at our readership level: Cincinnati, Indianapolis Monthly, Portland Monthly, and Seattle Met. All excellent magazines themselves, which makes the prize all the sweeter and far from a sure thing headed into the ceremony.

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Tim Rogers Gets Drunk, Hires New Editor

| 3 years ago

Tim Rogers requested that I, D Magazine’s new associate editor, write a post to introduce myself to FrontBurner readers. He usually does a Q&A with new hires, but he ordered a "Dusty" (PBR + whiskey) during our City Tavern lunch with the edit staff and, I can only imagine, is feeling the effects. What can I say about myself of any interest? Not much. Aside from some freelance writing, the past three years of my life have largely been spent as a stay-at-home mom. I could mention that I went to high school with Courtney Kerr. (Insider info: She was a cheerleader, hung out with the cool kids, but was too tall and gawky to attract much male attention.) But even that's a stretch. So instead, I am going to imagine tonight's conversation with my husband, whose name is Brandon, but whom Tim keeps referring to as Steve.

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Forget the Bullet Train. Let’s Build a Hyperloop to Houston (And Other, More Attractive, Spots)

| 3 years ago

Texas Monthly writes about a competition hosted at Texas A&M University over the weekend in which teams from around the country compared their designs for a pod that could travel at 760 mph in a tube based on air-hockey technology. The event was inspired by Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk's 2012 proposal for the new form of transportation. Building a network or tubes across the country to allow incredibly fast travel between cities is a ways off, but smart people are working on it and the federal government has signaled interest in funding it. Now, go ahead and fantasize about how quickly you, your children, and grandchildren might flit about the state:

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Barrett Brown Wins National Magazine Award From Behind Bars

| 3 years ago

Barrett Brown, a Dallas journalist/hacktivist imprisoned for threatening a federal agent, and himself the subject of a National Magazine Award-winning story penned by Tim Rogers for D Magazine's April 2011 issue, yesterday in New York City won an "Ellie" of his own.

The award came for a column called “The Barrett Brown Review of Arts and Letters and Jail," which has been published since last July by the Intercept. Congratulations to him and to them. If you'd like to read earlier installments of the column, written before Barrett sold out to Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras — when he was doing it for DMagazine.com primarily for the love of the game — you can find those here.

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