McKnight's Senior Living Editor Lois Bowers holds two awards
McKnight’s Senior Living Editor Lois Bowers shows off two Best of Show awards the brand received at the Ohio SPJ Awards.

McKnight’s Senior Living won the top award for a trade magazine, and Editor Lois A. Bowers won the top award for a business-to-business columnist on Saturday at the 2023 Ohio’s Best Journalism competition, sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists chapters in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. Awards were presented at a luncheon in Columbus.

The awards were two of four bestowed on McKnight’s Senior Living.

Named on the First Place, Best of Show – Best Trade Publication award were Bowers, McKnight’s Vice President and Editorial Director John O’Connor, McKnight’s Senior Living Content Editor Kimberly Bonvissuto, former Art Director Mark Speakman, Senior Art Director Monica Pizzi, Graphic Designer Aminah Beg, and writers Kathleen Steele Gaivin, John Hall and Lynne Moore. Entries were judged on reporting, editing, writing, photography, design, graphics and packaging.

The First Place, Best of Show – Best Trade Columnist award was bestowed on Bowers for her Editor’s Columns. The winning entry included “Giving gray hair the green light” and “Deciding whether to ditch the dye? Leaders share do’s for your ’do,” two pieces that featured Christian Living Communities President and CEO Jill Vitale-Aussem and former Sonida Senior Living President and CEO Kimberly Lody discussing their decisions to grow out their gray hair and the reactions they received and also pondered how the decisions could benefit the senior living industry and society as a whole. The judges wrote that the columns were “[e]xcellent, well-researched and well-written columns about a timely subject, especially given the focus audience of the publication ‘Senior Living.’ Good reporting is delivered with fine, stylish writing allied with can-do tips, especially for an audience of female administrators of senior care facilities.” This year marks the third time since 2017 that Bowers has received the first place award in this category.

The second place award in the Trade Publications – Best Trade Publication Website category went to Named on the award were Bowers, Bonvissuto, O’Connor, Gaivin, McKnight’s Special Projects Coordinator Foster Stubbs, Beg, Speakman and Pizzi.

The second place award in the Trade Publications – Best Trade Report category went to Bowers for “As pandemic continues, solving labor challenges becomes even more urgent, leaders say.” The article featured interviews with the leaders of five major associations advocating for the senior living industry to gain their insights into the most pressing issues facing providers.

McKnight’s Senior Living won 18 awards this year in international, national, regional and state competitions.

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