The Front Porch
Name of Magazine: The Front Porch
Editor in Chief: Savannah Reams
Published Since: July 2019
Target Audience: Residents and visitors in the North Florida-South Georgia area
What do you want readers to take away from The Front Porch?
We hope that our readers learn about the fascinating people and places that make up the rural North Florida-South Georgia region. There are so many “hidden gems” that we are excited to uncover and so many trailblazers whose stories are yet to be told.
What is your vision for The Front Porch over the next five years?
We hope to grow our audience; thus, sharing thought-provoking and inspiring content to readers near and far.
What was The Front Porch’s best article of 2019?
While we published many fantastic articles in 2019, our best is possibly “Live like Lucile,” written by staff writer Mickey Starling. The article is featured in our introductory issue. It was our first occasion to tell the story of an individual who, otherwise, may not have received attention. We were pleased with the opportunity to share the story of Lucile Day, who remains a community advocate and continues to volunteer at age 85. After hearing much positive feedback, we feel we inspired readers who needed an extra push to overcome their own struggles and become the best version of themselves.
Best cover of 2019?
Our best cover would have to be our fall issue that was released in October. The cover features Dr. Jerry Padrta, Madison County Memorial Hospital’s new surgeon. His arrival meant a new era for the struggling county that, for the first time, would have its own surgeon and a new surgical suite, easing the fear and anxiety that comes from lack of access to health care. When we held the photoshoot for this feature, the surgical suite had yet to be completed, so we had to make some creative decisions. Our graphic design team placed Dr. Padrta in front of an abstract background that depicts motion. We wanted to convey the movement and “fast-paced” environment of an emergency room while Dr. Padrta remained the focus of the cover — calm, cool, and ready for anything.
What is the biggest publishing challenge you currently face?
The biggest challenge we face is growing in size and circulation. While we have seen growth every issue — in advertisements, readers, and even the size of our magazine — we still consider this our biggest challenge and continuously look for ways to improve and expand.
Why did you decide to join the Florida Magazine Association?
We want to meet others in the industry who know their stuff — people with whom we can share ideas and learn as we work to build our newest publication and better serve the residents in our area. Greene Publishing, Inc. is a newspaper publishing company at heart. Magazines are new territory for us, and we have so much to learn. We can’t wait to begin our journey with the Florida Magazine Association!