30 Years Of Award-Winning Journalism
It’s fun to look back at 30 years of a magazine as influential as Georgia Trend. I’m proud to say we are as strong now as we were in 1985 and remain a staple for Georgia leaders and readers. We’ve survived and thrived during a time of much upheaval in the magazine industry. Despite the rise of blogs, social media and user-generated journalism, magazines like Georgia Trend continue to be trusted sources of information. In fact, according to the Association of Magazine Media, readership has actually increased over the past few years, with 1.2 billion people reading magazines last year. In a spring 2014 survey, 91 percent of adults said they had read a magazine in the past month, and 96 percent of those respondents were under the age of 25. Magazines, it seems, are going nowhere.
Georgia Trend has evolved since its beginning in 1985, expanding from covering Georgia’s business community to providing insight into the state’s politics and economic development as well. Our readership has grown from 30,000 subscribers to 50,000. We’ve also expanded online with a presence on both Facebook and Twitter and through the launch of our Georgia Trend Daily e-newsletter and Latest Trends blog.
Georgia has gone through many changes over the past 30 years. Along the way, Trend has been right in the thick of it, covering Atlanta regional air quality, the state’s G-8 Conference and infrastructure growth, as well as healthcare, higher education and agriculture. If you take a look at our magazine covers over the years, you’ll get a glimpse of just who and what makes Georgia so great.
Today, each issue features commentary on current events affecting our readers, spotlights several counties and cities across the state, details what our colleges and universities are up to, provides reviews on some of the best restaurants in the state and sheds light on many of the sustainability and environmental challenges we face. Aside from our monthly issues, we also publish Business Georgia and the Small Business Guide each year.
For nearly 20 years, we’ve introduced you to 40 of the best and brightest in the state under the age of 40, and each year since 1991 we’ve identified the state’s most influential people. It’s also important to know who represents you and your business’s district, so each February, we publish our annual Legislative Guide with a current list of the state’s General Assembly members, congressional delegation and government leaders.
Our credibility has never wavered. Since 2000, the magazine has won 23 gold, 14 silver and 21 bronze awards in national or regional competitions including the Alliance of Area Business Publications, the Society for Professional Journalists’ Green Eyeshade Awards, the Atlanta Press Club and the Magazine Association of the Southeast.
As the media world continues to evolve, we remain a steady, stable and reliable source for Georgia’s citizens and leaders. We love Georgia more than ever and are proud of our readers, every one of you, for what we’ve accomplished together these past 30 years.