Nick Nacca / Oceanside Glasstile

The 87th Academy Awards ceremony is just around the corner. As people across the globe share their predictions for this year's Oscar winners, I decided to celebrate our own laurels with a look back at some Pool & Spa News articles that have garnered recognition from our business media professional peers.

Since its inception 54 years ago, Pool & Spa News has served as the leading voice of the industry. And in recent years, the magazine has received a number of nods for its coverage of news, important issues and trends impacting the industry. Perhaps the most notable are The Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Awards, which have been called “the Pulitzer Prize of the business media.”  Even if you've already read the stories, I promise they all are worth revisiting.

Most recently, PSN won back-to-back Neal awards for Best Technical Content in 2010, 2011 and 2012 for the articles "SVRS," "Covering the Drain" and "Through the Looking Glass," respectively. In "SVRS," senior editor Rebecca Robledo dives into the actual workings of secondary vacuum-releasing devices so industry members understand better what the products do, their strengths and limitations, and the questions that (as of its publication date) had yet to be answered.

With "Covering the Drain," Robledo takes an in-depth look at the controversial issue of entrapment but goes beyond the debate to examine the actual workings of drain covers. The following year, she again delved deep into another problematic issue, this time pertaining to inexplicable delaminations and shattering of glass tile, which has caused heated conflict between installers and manufacturers.

Prior to Robledo's winning streak, the magazine took home its first ever Neal in 2007 for Best Single Article with "In the Minority," which explores the high drowning rate among minorities in America.

In addition to these winning articles, PSN also has has been named a Neal finalist on numerous occasions. Last year, a two-part series on how to use Twitter for beginners, which offered a step-by-step guide to getting started (with videos), as well as more detailed information on how pool and spa pros can use the tool for their businesses, got nudged out by a series on the Common Core.

While it's been exciting to receive the nominations and win the awards, none of it would have been possible without the help of our readers. So of course, we extend a heartfelt thanks for continuing to turn to us for guidance as well as offer insight regarding issues that are of the utmost importance to you and your industry peers.