Monday, May 14, 2012


Hey folks,

Exciting results from the TOCA meeting earlier this month. Below are the results. We're quite happy with our take... guess we better keep blogging regularly, huh?

Here's the press release:

CLEVELAND -- MAY 10, 2012 -- North Coast Media, LLC (NCM) continues to reap the rewards of its ongoing investments in Landscape Management (LM) and Golfdom -- most recently winning 16 design and editorial excellence awards from the Turf & Ornamental Communicators Association (TOCA).

At TOCA's annual awards ceremony, held May 3 in Nashville, Tenn., LM reaped nine honors and Golfdom seven.

"Once again, we won more total landscape and golf industry TOCA Awards than any other company -- strengthening our longstanding leadership position -- including bringing home two Gardner Awards for photography and new media," says NCM President Kevin Stoltman.

Since its relaunch in 1998, Golfdom has won more TOCA Awards for design and editorial excellence than any of its rivals. Golfdom's seven 2012 TOCA Awards include:

"2011 Plant Health Series" (April, May and June 2011), Editor-in-Chief Seth Jones and Art Director Carrie Parkhill Wallace -- Portrait/Personality: Photo of an individual or group;
"The Reinvention of Mark Woodward" (April 2011 cover story), Jones and Parkhill Wallace -- Printed magazines: Cover photo;
"Turf on Trial" (October 2011 cover story), Parkhill Wallace -- Printed Magazines: Cover page design;
"The Golfdom Daily" (, Jones -- Best Blog;
"Home Course Advantage" (May 2011 feature on Commercial Country Club), Jones -- Writing for Commercial Publications: Operations profile;
"Dr. Wong gets the girl" (Golfdom's "Chip Shots," June 3, 2011) -- Writing for Electronic Newsletter: Original content; and
"The Golfdom Daily" (, Jones -- 2012 Gardner Award: New Media.

"At North Coast Media, it's first things first," says Pat Roberts, Golfdom's VP of Sales. "We know from experience if we fully engage our readers, advertisers follow."

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, LM has won more TOCA Awards than any other publication. For eight consecutive years, LM has taken home more TOCA Awards than all other landscape publications combined. LM's nine 2012 TOCA Awards include:

"Close the Deal" (May 2011 cover story), Parkhill Wallace -- Best Photograph: Printed magazine cover;
"Safety Superhero" (September 2011 cover story), Parkhill Wallace -- Printed Magazines: Cover page design;
"Safety Superhero" (September 2011 cover story), Parkhill Wallace -- Two-Plus Page Design: Editorial;
"Business Planner 2012" (October 2011 cover story), Parkhill Wallace -- Printed Magazines: Overall magazine design;
"Go to the Source" (LM's March 2011 "Livescapes" special section), Jamie J. Gooch, contributor -- Writing for Commercial Publications: Ornamental feature article;
"The Turf Issue" (April 2011 cover story), Nicole Wisniewski -- Writing for Commercial Publications: Best turf feature article;
"Road to Recovery" (October 2011 "The Industry Pulse" annual report), LM staff -- Writing for Special Projects;
"Add-On Biz," Casey Payton, contributor -- Writing for Commercial Publications: Series; and
"Close the Deal" (May 2011 cover story), Parkhill Wallace -- 2012 Gardner Award: Photography, Video & Multimedia: Publishing.

“Landscape Management has set the bar for Green Industry intel for half a century -- and we're just getting started," says LM Publisher Jason DeSarle. "Stay tuned: LM has big plans for additional enhancements -- print and digital media redesigns, circulation expansion and our new Lawn Care Forum -- an appointment-based sales event bringing together leading lawn care operators and marketers."


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