Florida Trend attended the Florida Magazine Association's annual conference on Friday, July 12 at The Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort & Golf Club and was awarded five "Charlie Awards." The conference celebrated the work of magazines from around the state —from writing and design to outstanding contributions in photography, digital publishing, marketing and more. In 2019, there were more than 570 award entries.
Florida Trend was recognized for:
- Best Overall Writing: Florida Trend -- Charlie / Gold
- Best Advertisement Design: (for Best Companies) -- Charlie / Gold
- Best Advertorial: (for Economic Drivers for Daytona Beach and Volusia County) -- Charlie / Gold
- Best Cover: (for September 2018 "High-Tech, Low-Carb") -- Bronze
- Best Magazine Website: FloridaTrend.com -- Silver
Recognizing achievements by Florida magazines since 1957, FMA's annual Charlie Awards competition crowns publishers, writers, editors, artists, photographers, printers, marketers and others as the best among their peers in scores of categories. Juried by recognized out-of-state magazine and newspaper professionals, and college journalism professors, hundreds of entries vie for first, second and third place awards—Charlie, Silver and Bronze.
About Charlie Wellborn
Charles G. "Charlie" Wellborn Jr. was a 1958 graduate and later a professor in the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida in Gainesville. A Georgia native, Lt. Col. Wellborn served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War, received two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars. Starting in 1967, Professor Wellborn created courses in editing, graphics and business/technical communications that were the core of the public relations and magazine curriculum at UF for many years. His leadership of the Florida magazine industry, including FMA, earned Wellborn FMA's 1973 Achiever of the Year Award. Wellborn retired from UF in 1987 and FMA honored him by renaming its top award the "Charlie." Wellborn passed away in 2002 at age 77.