Welcome to Our First Double Issue
As we mentioned last month, Birmingham Parent celebrates 16 years of publishing this year. Throughout the years we have had lots of changes, and this is likely one of our biggest, going to 7 issues a year, rather than 12, and you are holding our first double issue!
So, the September issue is now our September/October issue. January’s THE GUIDE 2020 and February’s Camp Issue 2020 will remain standalones.
We’ve debated doing this for years. Now, as more and more people are focusing on multi-media platforms – combining online, e-blasts, social media and print – we’ve decided to do this, giving advertisers TWICE as LONG on shelves and freeing up some of their marketing budgets for social and digital offerings, as well as video. And this issue is jam-packed with information. We hope you will enjoy it.
What can readers expect? You will see our issues on the shelves a little longer. Once combined into double issues, we’ll do a refill at the beginning of the second month to be sure you can find your copy of Birmingham Parent. Of course, it’s always online at www.birminghamparent.com, and be sure to check out the mobile issue on your phone. You’ll still see our great, award-winning stories and beautiful design, and hopefully these new issues will have more pages of those great stories.
What can advertisers expect? A longer life for your ad on the shelves! We’ll still have our 4 events a year – Happy Healthy Kids each August, Camp Expo in February 2020, Special Needs Expo-Birmingham and Special Needs Expo-Huntsville, both in March. You’ll still see Cover Kids Searches and our popular Family Favorites, though the voting times may change a bit to incorporate the issue changes. Watch for that toward the end of 2019. We may even have a surprise or two up our sleeves.
We’d love to hear from you! What are your ideas for stories, special events, columns and more? Let us know at email@example.com. Now is a better time than ever to market your product or service with us! Contact us today at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for a great 16 years! We look forward to many more.
Carol Muse Evans
Member, Alabama Media Professionals and National Federation of Press Women, member of SAPA
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ABOUT THE EDITORS: Carol Muse Evans is publisher/editor/owner of Birmingham Parent magazine, a publication she and her husband David began in 2004. The Birmingham, Alabama-based parenting publication attracts more than 60,000 readers monthly in a four-county area and receives 10,000 hits per month on its website. The magazine has a 20,000+ print circulation, plus several thousand in readership of the digital edition online. It is the only independently audited free publication in our area, Evans is an award-winning writer and editor who has also has written for several other publications as a freelance writer since the late 80s. She is a graduate of Auburn University in journalism and is a graduate of Scottsboro High School. She is married with two grown children and lives in Alabaster. She is a member of the National Federation of Press Women, Alabama Media Professionals and Southeastern Advertisers and Publishers Association (SAPA).
Lori Chandler Pruitt is associate editor of Birmingham Parent, where she is responsible for the calendar and editorial editing. She also is a freelancer for Business Alabama magazine and has written/edited for several other publications. is award-winning writer and editor is a graduate of the University of Alabama in news/editorial and Hueytown High School. She is married with two children.