Cooperative Living magazine was recently recognized with three awards in the annual Hermes Creative Awards competition.

Deputy Editor Laura Emery and Editor Steven Johnson each received platinum awards, the competition’s highest, for entries in the category of Print Media/Writing/Publication Article. Emery won for her piece entitled “Forty-seven Minutes,” which appeared as the cover story in the September 2021 issue. It examined the failures of an E-911 system in rural Virginia, and the determination of a woman whose husband was failed by the system to improve the quality of life in rural communities.

Johnson was recognized for “History Hidden in the Walls,” which was the cover story in May 2021. It recounted the remarkable efforts of the Edwin Washington Project, the most ambitious county-level effort in the country to memorialize county education history, segregation and all.

The magazine staff received an Honorable Mention in Print Media/Design/Publication Overall for the April 2022 issue.

Sponsored by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals, the Hermes Awards is one of the oldest and largest creative competitions in the world, with winners ranging in size from individuals to media conglomerates to Fortune 500 companies.