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Australian publishers win gold at international 2020 Tabbie Awards

The Magazine Publishing Company and The Police Association of South Australia have taken out gold awards at the 2020 Tabbie Awards, which recognise excellence in B2B and association publications around the world.

The 2020 Tabbie Awards are organised by The Association of Business Publications International (TABPI). The organisation aims to bring together editors working for English-language print and online publications worldwide, encouraging a common dedication to editorial ethics and excellence.

TMPC recognised for best single issue 

Brisbane-based The Magazine Publishing Company (TMPC) entered three titles into the 2020 Tabbie Awards: 

The Surveyor was awarded first place in the Best Single Issue category, followed closely in second place by Australian Baking Business. Our Generation came in at 22nd place in the same category. 

TMPC won gold at the 2020 Tabbie Awards
The Surveyor won the Best Single Issue category at the 2020 Tabbie Awards.

The Tabbie judges said that The Surveyor “is clean and easy to read. The style and tone fit the industry and are cohesive throughout. There is no wasted space, yet the issue is not cluttered.” 

Of Australian Baking Business, the judges said: “Its clean design and alluring images make the publication a page-turner. Add in the insightful articles, interesting new products, and easy-to-follow recipes, and this magazine is a must-read for professional bakers or anyone.” 

In a LinkedIn post from the company, TMPC Executive Director Alan Kirk said “2020 has been a tough year for business and the print industry in particular but having two of our magazines take out gold and silver and another in the Top 25 Best Single Issues worldwide is just incredible.” 

“It’s proof our editors, designers and advertising specialists are the best of the best. Their skill and desire to produce the best magazines in the marketplace has not suffered despite the challenges this year has thrown our way.”

Police Journal awarded for featured content 

The Police Association of South Australia’s publication, Police Journal, was awarded gold in the Feature Article category, for its Post Crash Indecision article written by Editor Brett Williams. 

Police Journal won gold at the 2020 Tabbie Awards
The Police Journal won the Feature Article category at the 2020 Tabbie Awards.

Tabbie judges said “If any article can depict the adage that police officers “put their lives on the line,” this feature story takes the prize. This is a painful, gritty and necessary read. We should want to bear witness to this crash of a motorcycle cop, ensuing surgeries, struggles with employer inaction — and his gallant fight to return to duty. This piece paints a real and raw picture. It’s one that should fill us with compassion for our first responders — they deserve it.”

The Police Journal also took out Bronze in the Focus/Profile Article category, with Pursuing justice…for 4 decades, which the judges said “weaves a very interesting story”. 

Police Journal won bronze at the 2020 Tabbie Awards
The Police Journal took out third place in the Tabbie Awards’ Focus/Profile Article category.

The Police Journal was also listed 9th within the Best Single Issue category. 

Key Media wins bronze for B2B website

Key Media, which publishes Australian and international B2B magazines and websites was also recognised at the awards.

The publisher took out bronze in the Best B2B Website category for its Insurance Business Australia website.

Key Media’s Insurance Business Australia website won bronze for Best B2B Website.

Key Media said it is extremely proud to be recognised among the best in the publishing industry.

B2B publishing continues to thrive

Annoucning the awards, TABPI President Paul J. Heney said that B2B journalism continues to thrive in what has been a difficult few years for publishing companies. 

“Even before the pandemic, we’ve seen a lot of turbulence in both B2B publishers and publishing associations. The last decade has been a tough one to navigate with the Internet becoming a preferred source for many readers. 

“But each year, the editorial and design work submitted for the Tabbies continues to show the astonishing journalism that continues to happen in this space,” Heney said. 

“Around the world, editors and designers are doing quality work, meaningful to the industries they serve — and we’re proud to help spotlight it.”

For more information about the Tabbies, visit the TABPI website

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