ORANGE COAST RECEIVES TOP HONORS AT 2009 MAGGIE AWARDS - Most Improved Publication/Consumer Award Winner

Newport Beach, CA -- Orange Coast magazine was awarded Most Improved Publication/Consumer by the Western Publishing Association’s 2009 Maggie Awards, the most prestigious publishing event in the West.

Emmis Communications bought Orange Coast in 2007 and the magazine’s new look and direction were unveiled in July 2008. “As one of the WPA's more prestigious awards, this means a lot to our staff and the company,” says Orange Coast Editor-in-Chief Martin J. Smith. “It not only speaks to our excellence in design but to the overall editorial content of the magazine.”

Orange Coast was up against the following publications for the coveted Most Improved Publication/Consumer category:
Desert Living
Natural Solutions
Private Clubs
Yellow Scene Magazine

About the Maggies
One of WPA’s primary objectives is to promote the pursuit of excellence among publishing professionals. The tools, training and information WPA provides are designed to improve skills, foster creativity and inspire our members to do their best work. WPA believes recognition is the best way to honor achievement. For more than fifty-eight years, WPA has bestowed awards of excellence to deserving individuals and companies whose work is deemed “The Best in the West” in a wide variety of publishing categories. The Annual Maggie awards ceremony and black-tie dinner, which this year was on Friday, April 24, is the most prestigious publishing event in the West. Over 600 publishing professionals gather to honor excellence in print and electronic publishing in over 100 editorial, design and promotional and event categories. A trademark of the Maggie ceremony is the high-tech, visually creative multimedia show featuring entries from the current year.

About Orange Coast
Orange Coast magazine has long had its finger on the pulse of Orange County, serving as the definitive guide to the area’s laidback luxury lifestyle. Having won numerous awards for its editorial, artwork and design, Orange Coast has been named one of the best city/metropolitan magazines in California by the Western Publications Association and has been recently nominated for several national awards.

The re-designed, Orange Coast magazine offers a refreshed, contemporary look and read for its 443,580 readers. The new design and editorial format speaks to a smart, sophisticated and influential readership. Orange Coast magazine is based in Newport Beach, CA, and is published by Emmis Communications.