Veteran Publisher Honored With Judy Smith SCORE Journalist of the Year and Robert E. Petersen Media Award

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Jan. 28, 2013 – GrindMedia’s Dirt Sports Group Publisher Jim Ryan is the latest recipient of two major awards. The veteran publisher recently received the Judy Smith SCORE Journalist of the Year Award following the banquet for SCORE International, the off-road sanctioning body for the legendary Baja races. Ryan also received the prestigious Motorsports Parts Manufacturers Council (MPMC) Robert E. Petersen Media Award, which was presented at the MPMC Media Trade Conference this month. The award is given to an individual from the media industry who has made a recognizable positive impact on the motorsports industry and the MPMC during the past year.

“It is a great honor to be recognized for both of these prestigious awards,” said Ryan. “I also credit the amazing efforts of the talented staff I’ve had the privilege of working with. I have been fortunate enough to spend years living my passion through the off-road motorsports industry, alongside the many great racers, teams, sponsors, distributors, manufacturers, writers and photographers. I cannot thank the industry enough for this humbling recognition.”

These honors are a first for Ryan, whose long publishing career has been dedicated to supporting and bringing more awareness and recognition to the sport of off-road racing, most notably creating and founding Dirt Sports and Off-Road Industry magazines in 2004. Since their inception, Ryan has grown the magazines’ readership through engaging content, in-depth articles, and the creation of a forum that allows writers and photographers to showcase their feature pieces and outstanding photography.

Recently, Ryan’s Dirt Sports and Off-Road Industry magazines and related assets were acquired by GrindMedia, the leading action sports / adventure media division of parent company, Source Interlink Media. Ryan was also retained to head up the newly formed Dirt Sports Group, which also includes market-leading off-road brands Dirt Rider, ATV Rider, Endurocross and Motocross.com.

About GrindMedia
GrindMedia is a leading sports and entertainment media company with leading properties in action/adventure sports, stick and ball sports, and comedy and entertainment. The combined monthly reach of GrindMedia is 20,000,000+ through brands such as Surfer, Snowboarder, Skateboarder, Bike, Powder, SLAM, Baseball America, GrindTV.com, StupidVideos.com and Newschoolers.com. What unifies these different categories is a common target audience – the coveted Gen Y/Millennials, young male consumer. Together, the brands within the GrindMedia portfolio comprise one of the most progressive media groups in the world, leveraging not only authentic scale, but also one of the most influential audiences available.

About Source Interlink Media
Source Interlink Media, is the premier source of special interest media in the United States. With more than 75 publications, 100 Web sites, 800 branded products, 50+ events, and TV and radio programs, SIM is the largest provider of content to enthusiast communities interested in automotive, action sports, home theater and other niche activities. The division’s strategy is to wholly focus on targeted audiences by leveraging and expanding upon its core market-leading brands through a multiplatform media approach.


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