Parenting Publications of America (PPA) gave out more than 400 Editorial and Design Competition awards to 81 parenting newspapers and magazines at a banquet on Feb. 28, 2009, the climax of the three-day PPA Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA.  PPA’s Editorial and Design Awards Competition recognizes excellence in journalism, photography and design achieved by publishers, editors, writers and designers at member publications. Prof. Daryl Moen of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism coordinated the annual contest. A panel of judges reviewed 1,020 entries to choose the winners in each category. All judges have had significant professional experience.  “The sagging economy showed up in the 2008 PPA contest,” Prof. Moen noted. “Although more publications participated than ever before, the total number of entries was down. Last year, 71 publications entered the contest compared to 81 this year.”  Gold Winners in the area of General Excellence included Southwest Florida Parent and Child, Sacramento Parent and Dallas Child.