Sunday Magazine Editors Association

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Sunday Magazine Editors Association
Abbreviation SUNMAG
Formation 1987
Extinction 2001
Purpose Association of editors of Sunday magazines

The Sunday Magazine Editors Association, also referred to as SUNMAG,[1] or Sunmag,[2] was an organization of editors of Sunday newspaper magazines. It represented a majority of the major newspaper magazines in the United States.[3] The organization was formed in 1987 and was dissolved in 2001. Presidents of the organization included editors of newspaper magazines associated with the Boston Globe, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Hartford Courant.


The Sunday Magazine Editors Association gave out annual journalism awards to newspaper magazines,[4][5] presented at the association's annual meeting.[6] According to The Orlando Sentinel, the association's awards were considered "the premier contest in the nation for Sunday magazine journalism".[7] Magazine category awards included: features, investigative in-depth story, profile, essay, photography (single image and multiple image), design, design (single spread) and design (multiple spread).[8]


The organization was formed in 1987,[9] and in that year, over 40 Sunday newspaper magazines entered the contest competing for the award for first place in investigative writing, which was won by The Washington Post Magazine.[10]

In 1997, The Plain Dealer decided to commission an essay from Anna Quindlen in honor of the annual meeting of the organization.[11] The theme was Women's History Month, and of the 26 papers notified, 18 published Quindlen's essay.[11] The Association maintains data on the number of newspapers that publish their own Sunday magazines.[12] The organization had 46 members in 1991.[13] In 1994 the Association had 35 members, including Akron Beacon Journal, Anchorage Daily News, Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Washington Post.[14]

Ande Zellman, editor of the Boston Globe Magazine, was the association's president in 1989.[15] Fred Mann, editor of The Philadelphia Inquirer magazine Inquirer Magazine, was president of the association in 1991.[13] Lary Bloom, editor of Northeast, Sunday magazine of The Hartford Courant, was elected president of the organization in 1995 at its annual SunMag conference,[16] and continued to serve in that capacity in 1996.[17] Its president in 1999 was Steve Courtney, deputy editor of Northeast.[18]

The Sunday Magazine Editors Association ceased to exist in 2001.[19]

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  1. ^ The Orlando Sentinel staff (May 12, 1996). "2 Sentinel Staffers Win National Awards for Magazine Pieces". The Orlando Sentinel. Sentinel Communications Co. p. A3.
  2. ^ Philadelphia Inquirer staff (May 21, 1995). "Inquirer Magazine Wins Five Awards". Philadelphia Inquirer. p. A2.
  3. ^ The Washington Post staff (May 23, 1992). "Post Magazine Staff Member Wins 2 Top Prizes for Writing". The Washington Post. The Washington Post Company. p. A7.
  4. ^ Mann, Joseph (August 31, 2000). "Sun-Sentinel to Close Sunday Magazine". Sun-Sentinel. Sun-Sentinel Company. p. 1D.
  5. ^ Sun-Sentinel staff (June 11, 2000). "The Story of David and Dianne". Sun-Sentinel. Sun-Sentinel Company. p. 8.
  6. ^ Cashman, Kristen (May 7, 2000). "Globe Magazine Wins Writing, Design Honors". Boston Globe. Globe Newspaper Company. p. B4.
  7. ^ The Orlando Sentinel staff (May 24, 1992). "'Sentinel' Magazine Wins National Honors". The Orlando Sentinel. Sentinel Communications Co. p. A3.
  8. ^ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staff (May 3, 1993). "PG Magazine's Piece on Mellon Takes 1st Place National Award". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. A-2.
  9. ^ Gersh., D. (January 17, 1987). "Sunday magazine editors form their own organization (Sunday Magazine Editors Association)". Fourth Estate. 120 (17). Cited in: H.W. Wilson Company (1987). Business periodicals index: A Cumulative Subject Index. 29. H. W. Wilson Co. p. 1517.
  10. ^ The Washington Post staff (May 20, 1987). "Post's Magazine Wins Writing, Design Awards". The Washington Post. The Washington Post Company. p. A8.
  11. ^ a b Gordon, Anne (March 2, 1997). "Best Friends". The Plain Dealer. p. 2.
  12. ^ Castaneda, Laura (November 15, 1994). "Publication of 'Dallas Life' to end on Christmas Day". The Dallas Morning News. The Dallas Morning News Company. p. 10D.
  13. ^ a b Guy, Pat (April 11, 1991). "Industry's changes take their toll". USA Today. p. 4B.
  14. ^ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staff (June 5, 1994). "PG Writer Wins Award". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. B-2.
  15. ^ Rosenthal, Alan (May 24, 1989). "Fighting to Keep Their Niche: Themed issues, cooperative ventures and downsizing are among the tools now used by various newspaper-delivered magazines in their struggle to prosper". Advertising Age. p. 16.
  16. ^ The Hartford Courant staff (May 16, 1995). "Courant Writer Honored for Essay". The Hartford Courant. The Hartford Courant Co. p. A2.
  17. ^ Stingl, Jim (February 25, 1996). "A Wisconsin farewell: For 75 years, Sunday magazine illuminated issues and reflected the times". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Journal Sentinel Inc. p. 12.
  18. ^ Courtney, Steve (July 18, 1999). "Sunday Magazines — A Sense of Place". The Hartford Courant. The Hartford Courant Co. p. 13.
  19. ^ Strupp, Joe (August 29, 2003). "Sunday Sections Evolve to Lure More Readers (Sunday Magazine)". Editor & Publisher. Retrieved December 28, 2011.