Jen Lindley, composition instructor at IU South Bend, was recognized with a National Magazine Award, from the American Society of Magazine Editors, in association with the Columbia Journalism School, for her feature piece in FamilyFun.
“The category I won was Personal Service: Honors magazine journalism that serves readers needs and aspirations. For my article “The Happy Family Playbook,” I interviewed experts in the field of positive psychology to translate current research on the science of family happiness into actionable steps for readers, from having smartphone-free zones at home to boosting endorphins by doing yoga together,” explained Lindley.
There were 1,590 total print and digital submissions for the twenty one categories for the awards, known as Ellies. The winners were announced on February 1 at the Ellie Awards Annual Dinner in New York.
“I learned I had won a National Magazine Award in a truly 21st Century way. The award ceremony was tweeted live, so I found out by reading a Tweet while standing in my kitchen. I let out a whoop of joy!” said Lindley.
Lindley has been writing and editing for national magazines for over 25 years, with her work appearing in publications such as Real Simple, Good Housekeeping, and Dr. Oz. She graduated from Dartmouth College with a bachelor’s in English Literature, and earned a master’s in English Literature from Boston College. In addition to her active freelance career, Lindley has also been teaching First Year Writing (W131) at IU South Bend for the past five years.
“I view my teaching here at IU South Bend as a wonderful complement to my freelance work. Good writing is always a back and forth conversation between writer and editor. I love using my experience to help my students express their own ideas in a clear and compelling way,” said Lindley.
To learn more about Lindley, visit her personal website: jenniferkinglindley.com