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ASME Announces National Magazine Awards Finalists

New York leads the way with nine nominations.



Michael Rondon By Michael Rondon
03/27/2014

In a nod to the growing number of digital-first outlets recognized, the American Society of Magazine Editors took over Twitter on Thursday morning, tweeting out the finalists for the 49th annual National Magazine Awards.

Of the 66 titles nominated, New York led the way with nine, including one for Magazine of the Year (New York took home Magazine of the Year in 2013). Twenty-six publications have multiple nominations in all, with National Geographic (6), The New Yorker (6), Wired (6), Bon Appétit (5), GQ (4) and Harper's Magazine (4) topping the list.

While usual suspects make up the majority of the field, six digital-first outlets are nominated (The Atavist, The Daily Beast, Pitchfork, Slate, Tablet Magazine and The Verge) along with six first-timers (The Hollywood Reporter, Landscape Architecture, Pacific Standard, Modern Farmer, Road and Track and The Verge).

Last year's Ellies marked the first time print and digital outlets were recognized in the same ceremony.

Winners will be announced at a gala on May 1 at the New York Marriott Marquis.

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General Excellence
General Interest Magazines
Honors magazines covering politics, business, technology, sports and entertainment
 

  • GQ
  • Harper's Magazine
  • National Geographic
  • New York
  • Wired¬†

Service and Lifestyle Magazines
Honors magazines covering family, the home, food, fashion and relationships
 

  • ESSENCE
  • Glamour
  • Martha Stewart Living
  • Real Simple
  • Sunset¬†

Style and Design Magazines
Honors magazines covering fashion, decorating, dining, entertaining and travel
 

  • AFAR
  • Bon App√©tit
  • Garden & Gun
  • Harper's Bazaar
  • W¬†

Active Interest Magazines
Honors magazines covering active sports, outdoor recreation and health and fitness
 

  • Field & Stream
  • Men's Journal
  • Outside
  • Runner's World
  • Women's Health¬†

Special Interest Magazines
Honors magazines serving highly defined reader communities
 

  • The Hollywood Reporter
  • Inc.
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Los Angeles
  • Modern Farmer¬†

Literature, Science and Politics Magazines
Honors smaller-circulation general-interest magazines as well as publications covering the arts
 

  • The American Scholar
  • MIT Technology Review
  • Mother Jones
  • Pacific Standard
  • Poetry¬†

Design
Honors overall excellence in print magazine design 

  • Bon App√©tit
  • Esquire
  • Martha Stewart Living
  • New York
  • Wired¬†

Photography
Honors overall excellence in print magazine photography 

  • Bon App√©tit
  • National Geographic
  • New York
  • Vogue
  • W¬†

Single-Topic Issue
Honors print magazines that have devoted a single issue to the comprehensive examination of one subject

  • Bloomberg Businessweek for "Five Years From the Brink," September 16-22
  • Esquire for "The American Man Now: Esquire's 80th Anniversary Issue," October
  • New York for "His Town," September 16
  • Poetry for "Landays," June
  • Scientific American for "The Food Issue," September¬†

Magazine Section
Honors front- or back-of-the-book departments or sections regularly published in print

  • GQ for "Manual"
  • Modern Farmer for "Modern Farmer Handbook"
  • New York for "Strategist"
  • Road & Track for "Go"
  • Vanity Fair for "Fanfair"¬†

Personal Service
Honors the use of print to serve readers' needs and aspirations

  • Cosmopolitan for "Your Cosmo Guide to Contraception," September
  • GQ for "GQ's Guide to Dating Online," March
  • Health for "Are You Getting a Good Skin Check? Are You Sure?" by Sunny Sea Gold, September
  • Los Angeles for "How to Afford the LA Life," April
  • Money for "The Massachusetts Experiment," June; "Worker, Heal Thyself," August; and "Obamacare: Game (Really) On," October, by Amanda Gengler
  • Money for "101 Ways to Build Wealth," May
  • Southern Living for "30 Secrets to Southern Charm," by Caroline McKenzie, March¬†

Leisure Interests
Honors the use of print to provide practical information about recreational activities and special interests

  • Backpacker for "The Truth About Bears," by Ted Alvarez, March
  • Backpacker for "A Is for Apocalypse," October
  • ESPN The Magazine for "Analytics Package," March 4
  • Garden & Gun for "The Southerner's Handbook," February/March
  • O, The Oprah Magazine for "Hair Extravaganza!" September
  • Texas Monthly for "The 50 Best BBQ Joints . . . in the World!" June
  • Wired for "Crazy Good! Locos Tacos, Umami Burgers, Fake Meat, and the Miracle of Processed Food," October¬†

Website
Honors magazine websites and digital-only magazines 

  • National Geographic
  • New York
  • Outside
  • Pitchfork
  • Slate¬†

Tablet Magazine
Honors magazines published on tablets and e-readers, including digital-only magazines 

  • Bloomberg Businessweek
  • Bon App√©tit
  • Garden & Gun
  • National Geographic
  • Wired¬†

Multimedia
Honors digital storytelling and the integration of magazine media

  • The Atavist for "Coronado High," by Joshuah Bearman, July, at atavist.com
  • The Daily Beast for "Roe v. Wade Turns 40," January 22, at thedailybeast.com
  • National Geographic for "The Last Chase," by Robert Draper, November print issue and iPad edition
  • The New York Times Magazine for "A Game of Shark and Minnow," by Jeff Himmelman, photographs by Ashley Gilbertson, October 27 print issue and at nytimes.com
  • Wired for "Vision Quest," by Clive Thompson, September print issue and at wired.com¬†

Video
Honors the outstanding use of video by magazine websites and digital-only magazines

  • The Atavist for "The Last Clinic," by Maisie Crow, essay by Alissa Quart
  • Glamour for "Confronting Cancer: BRCA1 & BRCA2 Gene Mutations," October 9, "Recovery: Meds. And Love," October 23, and "Life Post-Surgery: Back on Stage," October 30, from the "Screw You Cancer" series
  • Prevention for "The Remarkable Story of Ernestine Shepherd"
  • Vanity Fair for "Film Snob: The History of American International Pictures," July 9, "Rock Snob: Robot-Rock Originators Kraftwerk," October 28, and "Food Snob: Thanksgiving and the Heritage Turkey," November 11, from "The Snob's Dictionary" series
  • (below) The Verge for "Beyond Recognition: The Incredible Story of a Face Transplant," June 4¬†

Public Interest
Honors magazine journalism that illuminates issues of national importance

  • The Atlantic for "How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby?" by Jean M. Twenge, photographs by Geof Kern, July/August
  • Fortune for "Dirty Medicine," May 15, "Maker of Generic Lipitor Pleads Guilty to Selling ‚ÄėAdulterated Drugs,'" May 13, and "The Latest to Claim Fraud at Generic Lipitor Maker Ranbaxy: Its Owners," May 23, by Katherine Eban
  • National Geographic for "Last Song," by Jonathan Franzen, photographs by David Guttenfelder, July
  • The New Yorker for "Taken," by Sarah Stillman, August 12 & 19
  • TIME for "Bitter Pill: Why Medical Bills Are Killing Us," by Steven Brill, March 4¬†

Reporting
Honors reporting excellence as exemplified by one article or a series of articles

  • The Atavist for "The Sinking of the Bounty," by Matthew Shaer, February
  • Harper's Magazine for "The Way of All Flesh," by Ted Conover, May
  • The New York Times Magazine for "The Dream Boat," by Luke Mogelson, photographs by Joel Van Houdt, November 17
  • The New Yorker for "The River Martyrs," by Luke Mogelson, April 29
  • Outside for "Nineteen," by Kyle Dickman, November
  • Rolling Stone for "Jahar's World," by Janet Reitman, August 1
  • The Texas Observer for a two-part series by Emily DePrang: "Crimes Unpunished," July, and "The Horror Every Day," September¬†

Feature Writing
Honors original, stylish storytelling

  • ESPN The Magazine for "Michael Jordan Has Not Left the Building," by Wright Thompson, March 4
  • New York for "Orders of Grief," by Lisa Miller, November 11
  • The New York Times Magazine for "The Misfits," by Stephen Rodrick, January 13
  • The New Yorker for "A Loaded Gun," by Patrick Radden Keefe, February 11 & 18
  • Runner's World for "Bret, Unbroken," by Steve Friedman, June
  • Vanity Fair for "The Day Before," by David Kamp, December
  • Wired for "Dangerous," by Joshua Davis, January¬†

Feature Photography
Honors the use of original photography in a feature story, photo-essay or photo portfolio

  • The FADER for "Chicago Fire," photographs by Daniel Shea, April/May
  • New York for "Candy Land," photographs by Will Cotton, February 18-25
  • Vice for "Deep-Fried America on a Stick," by Sophie D. Gilden, photographs by Bruce Gilden, November
  • Virginia Quarterly Review for "Life on the River Gambia," photographs by Jason Florio, Spring
  • W for "Stranger Than Paradise," photographs by Tim Walker, May¬†

Essays and Criticism
Honors interpretative and critical journalism

  • The Believer for "If He Hollers Let Him Go," by Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah, October
  • GQ for "The Old Man at Burning Man," by Wells Tower, February
  • Harper's Magazine for "Sliver of Sky," by Barry Lopez, January
  • Harper's Magazine for "Life as a Terrorist," by William T. Vollmann, September
  • The New Yorker for "Thanksgiving in Mongolia," by Ariel Levy, November 18¬†

Columns and Commentary
Honors political and social commentary; news analysis; and reviews and criticism

  • Architect for three columns by Witold Rybczynski: "Overexposed," April; "Radical Revival," August; and "Behind the Fa√ßade," November
  • The Atlantic for blog posts by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The New Yorker for three columns by Emily Nussbaum: "Shark Week," February 25; "Difficult Women," July 29; and "Private Practice," October 7
  • Slate for three columns by David Auerbach: "Err Engine Down," October 8; "Quixotic Queries Question Quality!" October 12; and "Debugging the Healthcare.gov Hearings," October 25
  • Tablet Magazine for three columns by J. Hoberman: "Living the Nightmare of Mass Murder in Oscar-Nominated Doc 'The Act of Killing,'" July 17; "Hannah Arendt, Guilty Pleasure," May 24; and "Coen Bros. Torture Another Schlemiel While Imagining They Are Dylan's True Heirs," November 21¬†

Fiction
Honors fiction originally published in magazines

  • McSweeney's for "The Dance Contest," by Wells Tower, September
  • The New Republic for "I Am Asleep But My Heart Is Awake," by Nicole Krauss, December 30, 2013 & January 6, 2014
  • The New Yorker for "The Embassy of Cambodia," by Zadie Smith, February 11 & 18¬†

Magazine of the Year
Honors magazines for print and digital editorial excellence and the success of out-of-book programs and services 

  • The Atlantic
  • Bon App√©tit
  • Esquire
  • Fast Company
  • New York

 

Michael Rondon By Michael Rondon
03/27/2014







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