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Massage Today
September, 2011, Vol. 11, Issue 09

Massage Today Wins National, Regional Awards

By Editorial Staff

MPA Media's Massage Today has been named the Silver Medalist for Investigative Reporting in the prestigious National Azbee Awards of Excellence competition by the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE).

ASBPE is the nation's largest organization for business-to-business publications and drew hundreds of entries in both editorial and graphics categories.

The national award was for reporting on the political machinations and questionable data that went into a California anti-prostitution law targeting massage therapists.

As a direct result of the series of stories on the now infamous AB1822, the law was effectively gutted and rewritten. The articles were edited and written by Associate Editor Christie Bondurant and Editor-in-Chief Ramon G. McLeod.

"The most gratifying thing about working on this story was that the massage therapy community became deeply directly involved in stopping a law that basically, and unfairly, lumped legitimate, licensed practitioners with prostitutes." McLeod said. "We made it possible for the community to directly contact the key players involved and they did...in massive numbers."

Massage Today also won a Silver Medal in ASBPE's Western Regional Azbees for Investigative Reporting on the collapse of the International Massage Association, a major player in the massage insurance industry. Those stories were also written and edited by Bondurant and McLeod.

MPA Media's Acupuncture Today was additionally awarded a regional Gold Medal for Best Contributed Column. The award was for "Not The Emperor's Accupuncturist" authored by Gregory Ross, and edited by Associate Editor Tina Beychok and McLeod.

The regional awards were announced at the end of July. The national awards were announced in early August 2011.

 

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